100 Merry Christmas Wishes to Fill Your Holiday Cards with Joy

Sure, receiving Christmas cookies from friends can’t be beat. But you know what’s a close second? Opening your mailbox to a flurry of Christmas cards from friends and family! Writing cards is one of the most meaningful Christmas traditions out there, and it’s the perfect way to remind loved ones you’re thinking of them. (Plus, they display so well on the fridge or mantel.)

But it’s harder than you might think to come up with the perfect, not-too-sappy Merry Christmas wishes to write down within each card. And let’s be honest—no matter how good your intentions are, you’re probably sending out those cards at the very last minute. The holidays can get busy!

You can’t just skip the tradition altogether, though, right? As cute as your Christmas Instagram caption might be, nothing can replace the feeling of opening a handwritten card. (Just ask Ree Drummond: She sells a bunch of funny and cute greeting cards at her Pawhuska store, The Mercantile!)

Luckily, we’re here to help. Consider this list of witty, sentimental, and memorable Merry Christmas wishes as a jumping-off point—start with one of them, then add whatever else you’d like to say. Whether you’re looking for funny message or something a little more heartfelt, you’ll find the perfect note right here. And if you need more inspiration, you can always check out our list of the best Christmas quotes—or pepper in some lyrics from our favorite Christmas songs!

Merry Christmas Wishes

  • Praying your Christmas is full of love and joy!
  • Peace on earth and love to all—happy holidays y’all!
  • Christmas traditions can change, but the love of family and friends is constant.
  • I couldn’t imagine a Christmas season without you. Love to the whole family!
  • May your holiday season be filled with joy, kindness, and cookies!
  • The countdown has begun! Wishing you a beautiful holiday season.
  • Joy, love, and laughter—have a merry Christmas!
  • May your winter be jolly and bright!
  • Seasons greetings to the folks who meet the world with open arms.
  • Love and friendship are the ingredients to a very merry Christmas. Hope you have the most wonderful day!
  • All roads lead home on Christmas, so we’ll be seeing you soon. Much love.
  • Merry Christmas to the folks who are always on Santa’s “nice” list.
  • I hope this season wraps you in holiday joy.
  • Your company is the best Christmas gift a mom/daughter/grandma could ask for.
  • Be merry and bright on this special night!
  • Seasons greetings to our favorite family!
  • Hoping you jingle all the way to the new year!
  • May the spirit of Christmas fill your home all season long.
  • A very merry Christmas and a happy new year, know that I hold you so dear.
  • Merry Christmas! Don’t forget to meet your cutie under the mistletoe.
  • It wouldn’t be Christmas if we didn’t get in touch and let you know we love you very much.
  • All the best Christmas wishes to you and your missus.
  • From the day we met you have been such a gift. Wishing you a bright Holiday!
  • Merry Christmas my dear friend. Stay warm and shine bright.
  • Have a jolly Christmas! You deserve to sit back, relax, and fill your belly.
  • I’m wishing you the happiest and most memorable holiday, friend. Merry Christmas!
  • Today feels like a good day to remind you that your presence in my life is such a blessing. Here’s to you!
  • Merry Christmas to someone who makes me feel merry and bright all year long! Have a beautiful holiday.
  • Your friendship is a gift—not just on Christmas, but every day of the year. Merry Christmas to you!
  • Merry Christmas, neighbor! Here’s hoping the year ahead is filled with love, joy, and good memories.
  • I’m counting my blessings today, and I want you to know: You’re one of them. Merry Christmas!
  • It’s the best time of the year! Merry Christmas, friend—enjoy every minute of this day.
  • From our family to yours, merry, merry Christmas!
  • Merry Christmas! Wishing you all the best this holiday season!
  • May this season be full of light and laughter for you and your family.
  • It’s people like you that make Christmas so special and meaningful. Thank you.
  • Thinking of you this season and wishing you a merry Christmas.
  • Happy Holidays! I hope all of your Christmas wishes come true.
  • It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
  • I’m grateful for you every day—but especially at Christmastime.
  • Have yourself a merry little Christmas.
  • Have a holly, jolly Christmas.
  • Unwrap yourself a merry Christmas!
  • May the sights and sounds of Christmas work their merry magic in your heart.
  • It’s not what’s under the tree that matters most, it’s who’s around it.
  • Sending you very merry wishes this Christmas.
  • Wishing you peace and joy this holiday season.
  • Warm wishes and a merry Christmas!
  • Merry Christmas from our home to yours.

Funny Christmas Wishes

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  • This holiday season, let’s make it a point to cherish what’s truly important in our lives: cookies.
  • Christmas is a race to see which gives out first—your money or your feet.
  • Merry Christmas! I put so much thought into your gift that now it’s too late to get it.
  • May your family be functional and all your batteries be included.
  • “What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.” —Phyllis Diller
  • Christmas is mostly for children. But we adults can enjoy it too, until the credit card bills arrive.
  • You light up my life like a Christmas tree.
  • Ho ho hope you’ve been good this year. Merry Christmas!
  • Know what the best thing about this card is? It doesn’t come with a fruitcake!
  • When you stop believing in Santa Claus is when you start to get clothes for Christmas.
  • “I am not 100 percent certain what a sugarplum is, but for a few weeks every year I’ve got visions of them dancing in my head anyway.” —Jane Green
  • Be naughty and save Santa a trip.
  • It’s sure beginning to cost a lot like Christmas!

Religious Christmas Wishes

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  • Merry Christmas! May God’s love be with you.
  • Wishing you a blessed Christmas.
  • “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14
  • A little child, a shining star, a stable rude, the door ajar. Yet in that place, so crude, forlorn, the Hope of all the world was born.
  • “It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you.” ―Mother Teresa
  • Rejoice in the birth of our Lord and Savior. May the blessings of Christ be upon you and your loved ones this season and into the New Year.
  • Christmas is a time to open our hearts to God and his gifts.
  • “She will bear a Son; and you shall call his name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
  • “When Christ was born so was our hope.” ―Max Lucado
  • Jesus is the reason for this Christmas season.

Romantic Christmas Wishes

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  • Thank you for making every day of the year as magical as Christmas.
  • There’s no gift I could possibly receive that’s as special as you are. I love you!
  • You’ve filled my heart with love this Christmas—and I’m so thankful for that.
  • All I want for Christmas is you.
  • I can’t wait to spend this Christmas, and every Christmas, with you!
  • When I count the blessings of my life, I make sure to count you twice!
  • There are many gifts under the Christmas tree, but the best one is you.
  • Our love burns brighter than the star on top of the tree.
  • Christmas is magical because we’re together.
  • The only thing I love more than Christmas is you.
  • Christmas is the time to say I love you!
  • If kisses were snowflakes, I’d send you a blizzard.

Quotes About Christmas

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  • “It’s easy to forget that life is the greatest gift of all.” —Karli Perrin
  • “A holiday isn’t a holiday, without plenty of freedom and fun.” —Louisa May Alcott
  • “When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things, not the great occasions, give off the greatest glow of happiness.” —Bob Hope
  • “This is Christmas. The season of perpetual hope.” —Home Alone
  • “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” ―Charles Dickens
  • “Nothing ever seems too bad, too hard, or too sad when you’ve got a Christmas tree in the living room.” ―Nora Roberts
  • “Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” —Winston Churchill
  • “Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.” —Dr. Seuss
  • “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” —Elf
  • “I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another.” —Carrie Fisher
  • “A Christmas miracle is when your family doesn’t get into a single argument all day.” —Melanie White
  • “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” ―Charles M. Schulz
  • “Christmas, my child, is love in action.” ―Dale Evans Rogers
  • “Christmas works like glue, it keeps us all sticking together.” ―Rosie Thomas
  • “Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day.” —Helen Steiner Rice
  • “May this season find you among those you love, sharing in the twin glories of generosity and gratitude.” —Oprah Winfrey

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