What to Write in a Holiday Card

what to write in a holiday card
‘Us Again’ holiday card from Minted

It always seems like this time of year sneaks up on us! We prep and prep for Thanksgiving, and as soon as we catch our breath it’s time to think about all those holiday errands. A big one on our list? Sending holiday cards to family, friends, and colleagues. While you can buy store-bought holiday cards, it can often be easier to create a custom card so all you have to do is sign, seal, and deliver them! Even though that’s one way to save time this season, you’ll still need to figure out what to write in a holiday card. Well, cross that one off your list, because we’ve uncovered some of the best holiday messages you can use this year.

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The Best Holiday Messages for Every Situation

Whether you’re trying to decide what to write in a holiday card to your boss, clients, neighbors, family, or friends (or just a blanket message for everyone), try these holiday greetings on your cards.

Funny Holiday Greetings:

If you’re tired of the same ol’ holiday message, spread some cheer with one of these funny holiday greetings, several of which are inspired by some of our favorite holiday movies.

  • We’re gonna have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny f—ing Kaye. (from Christmas Vacation)
  • Dear Santa: I’ve been good all year, most of the time, once in a while, never mind. I’ll buy my own stuff.
  • Eat, drink, and be bougie!
  • I triple-dog-dare ya to have a happy holiday! (inspired by A Christmas Story)
  • The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. (from Elf)
minted holiday card

Create Custom Holiday Cards with Minted

Searching for the perfect holiday card? Minted has hundreds of designs to choose from, with photos and without. Whether you’re looking for letterpress or foil, you can customize the color, paper type, and more! You can even add a custom backer or interior to add additional photos or a detailed message.

What Write in a Holiday Card if You’re Newlyweds:

Just when you think you’re done picking out save the dates, shower invitations, wedding invitations and thank you cards, you realize there’s one last thing to do — your first holiday cards as newlyweds! While yes, it is one more thing to put on your to-do list, don’t stress! It’s actually pretty fun.

Think of it as a “last hurrah” where you can still use your favorite memories from your wedding to spread some holiday cheer. With custom text, you can thank your loved ones for making it your most memorable year yet, wish a happy new year from the newlyweds, or cheers from afar to a “married Christmas” (you can pretty much replace Merry anything with married!) If you’re recent newlyweds, you can even take this opportunity to combine your thank you messages and season’s greetings as one! Here are a few thought-starters:

  • May your days be “married” and bright.
  • Have yourself a “married” little Christmas.
  • We decided to eat, drink, and be married this holiday season!
  • We “do” wish you a wonderful holiday!

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What to Say if You’re Parents

Maybe you’ve just welcomed a new addition, or are celebrating as a family with teens. No matter the case, try these family holiday messages:

  • Wishing you a “bundle” of joy this year.
  • We got the best Christmas gift ever this year.
  • Sending joy, laughter, and a lot of mischief. (Pair it with a cute photo of kids getting in a mess!)
  • Wreck the halls.

WGM Says: Traditional etiquette says you should send out holiday cards the first week of December, but we personally like to wait to save big on cards with Cyber Monday. If that’s the case, try to get them in the mail by December 7th if possible.

Holiday Messages for Companies

Trying to decide what to write in a holiday card for clients, employees, or even your boss can be stressful. These holiday messages all work well:

  • This season we are grateful for amazing (clients, employees, etc.) like you!
  • We’ve so enjoyed working together in 2022, and look forward to continued success together in the future.
  • Thank you for being a fantastic partner and ally this year. We are forever grateful.
  • Your business means the world to us. Thank you for your continued support now and always.
  • We’ve worked hard all year, now it’s time to relax and celebrate all our accomplishments. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Traditional Holiday Greetings and Signatures

These holiday card messages can work on their own, or in combination with any of the notes above as a signature.

  • Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season.
  • Happy Holidays! With love, [Your Name(s) Here]
  • Sending you love for a healthy and happy holiday season! [Your Name(s) Here]
  • Warm wishes and Merry Christmas! [Your Name(s) Here]
  • Hanukkah Sameach or Chag Sameach (which means Happy Hanukkah or Happy Holiday, respectively)
  • Love, peace, and joy. [Your Name(s) Here]

Once you figure out what to write in a holiday card, it’s time to shop for them! Minted is one of our favorite resources for not only invitations but custom holiday cards as well. From foil and glitter to classic black and white and everything in between, these are a few of our favorite Minted holiday cards.

The Best Minted Holiday Cards

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Adorn by MC Designs

This beautiful design puts your favorite photo front and center with a simple, “Merry Christmas” overlay. Plus, you can truly customize it with ten foil colors, six color themes, and four silhouette shapes to choose from. 

minted holiday card

A Little Married by Sarah Brown

Who doesn’t  love a play on words, and a nod to your recent wedding! A twist on the classic song, this punny holiday greeting card reads, “Have yourself a married little christmas,” and we can’t get enough of it!  With four sizes and four greetings to choose from, you can personalize the look with a selection of three of your favorite wedding photos, too. 

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It’s a Wonderful Life by Heather Cairl

A nod to the classic, beloved holiday film, the It’s a Wonderful Life holiday card is sure to be a favorite this year, sharing a warm holiday greeting atop a beautiful family or couple portrait. Available in four sizes, with four greetings, and six color themes, you can truly personalize your greeting while sharing your wonderful life with your world.

minted holiday card

Merry and Married by Roxy Cervantes

Simple and sweet, this eco-friendly holiday postcard (with FREE recipient addressing) lets you use your favorite photo from your big day with an overlay that reads, “Merry and Married” or “Merry and Bright”. Choose from white, cherry red, light blue frost or evergreen font — whatever looks best with your photo!

minted holiday card

First of Many by Amy Kross

Designed by design challenge winner Amy Kross, we love the personalized red and green wreath with the heartfelt greeting, “First of many Happy Holidays” personalized with your names and wedding date. This design has six color theme options and four options for a greeting — holiday, Christmas, New Year, or Religious Christmas. So, there’s an option for every couple!

what to write in a holiday card

Joyfully Married by Louise Kay

The combination of a shimmering foil typeface and a personal photo is a really beautiful way to share your holiday greetings (and wedding  photo of course!) For a truly custom card, you can mix and match each color theme with ten different foil colors, and even add a custom backer or interior for a longer or more heartfelt message.

minted holiday card

Officially by Erin L. Wilson

Doesn’t it feel good to see your new last name in print? Take this time as an opportunity to formally, officially introduce yourselves by choosing your favorite photo with the caption “Officially the ….” Select from four holiday-themed greetings and four card sizes to really make it your own. 

all in one holiday card

Married and Bright by Ekko Studio

After wedding planning, who doesn’t have a newfound appreciation for multitasking? That’s why this all-in-one card is perfect for the busy newlyweds. With no envelope required, you can creatively include a photo, recipe or other keepsake for recipients to hold on to thanks to a perforated panel. It’s like a holiday card and gift, in one!

minted holiday card

New Us by fatfatin

Who says you have to send cards right before the holidays? How about starting a new trend of sending them after, instead?  This New Year, New Us design is a great way to send well wishes for a happy and healthy new year to all your loved ones. Plus, getting it in the mail post-holiday rush will make it extra special! 

minted holiday cards

Mistletoe Kiss by Roxy Cervantes

Relive your first kiss as captured by your photographer while spreading holiday cheer! This adorable design features a dangling mistletoe graphic and beneath it you can put your favorite smooching photo from your wedding. Plus, you can customize it with either a holiday or Christmas greeting, too!

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