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Christmas Card Sayings & Christmas Card Wording Ideas

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Although Christmas cards have evolved through the years, the sentiment behind them remains the same. The Christmas season prompts each of us to reminisce about holidays gone past as we create new memories. There's something about the chilly winter weather and celebration of holiday traditions that makes each of us wish to share a bit of warmth with friends and family both near and far. Holiday cards are one of the ways we can reach out and create a thoughtful snapshot of a memorable, magical time and place.

While the exterior of your card can feature anything from a current family portrait, traditional Christmas illustrations and imagery, religious sayings, or a more modern – even funny  – spin on the holiday, it's what's inside your Christmas card that truly matters and allows you to express your sincere wishes for a happy holiday to those you care about.

It's not always easy to put your feelings into words and craft a meaningful, memorable message, but here are a few tips and ideas for how to word this year's Christmas card. Whether you intend for your card to evoke tradition, be sweetly sentimental, or send a message that's as heartfelt as it is humorous, here are some suggestions for Christmas card sayings to get you started.

Traditional Christmas Card Wording Ideas

The sending of Christmas cards has been a long-standing holiday tradition dating back to the Victorian era. The trendsetting Queen Victoria set a precedent when she sent the Royal Family's first Christmas card and began a widespread phenomenon embraced by royalty and commoners alike. Much like British royalty in the 1840s, it is still a common practice for those who celebrate this joyous winter holiday to design a Christmas card featuring a family photo.

The Victorian era's greatest writer, Charles Dickens wrote one of the most enduring holiday tales ever with "A Christmas Carol." Use a favorite line from this classic story that highlights the meaning of Christmas and the redemption it brings, borrowing a quote from the story's protagonist, Ebenezer Scrooge:

Example:

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.

If you lean towards the more traditional end of the Christmas card spectrum, consider using a brief, yet all-encompassing message that hearkens back to the days of yore.

Example:

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

You can't go wrong to err on the side of brevity so long as it comes from the heart!

If you prefer a longer message that has a classic, but slightly more modern feel to it, author Bess Streeter Aldrich wrote a lovely line in Song of Years that could translate beautifully to the inside of a Christmas card:

Example:

Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart… filled it, too, with a melody that would last forever.

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Rhyming Christmas Card Ideas

If you'd like to offer something a bit longer and more whimsical, don't hesitate to fall back on rhyme. Some of the most beloved Christmas classics are told in rhyme, from Clement Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (better known as "The Night Before Christmas") and Dr. Seuss's "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas." Your card message may borrow from some of the masters of verse, or you can channel your inner poet to craft something wholly original.

Example:

May your family be gathered
And your tree lit with dazzling light.
Sending you warm holiday wishes
And hoping your Christmas is merry and bright!

Even a simple four-line stanza can deliver a memorable, thoughtful Christmas greeting to those on your list. Get original! And don't be afraid to play around  

If you find yourself coming up short on rhymes and either Moore or Seuss don't quite "speak" to the inside of your Christmas card, consider Sir Walter Scott's short and sweet verse on Christmas:

Example:

A Christmas gambol oft could cheer
The poor man's heart through half the year
.

It's a little less recognizable than some classic Christmas poems, but still delivers just the right holiday sentiment.

Funny Christmas Card Tips

Maybe your family holiday traditions incorporate a bit of humor. Everyone loves to laugh and while countless Christmas cards feature some hilarious holiday imagery, sometimes, it's hard to top a visual of Santa mistaking a chimney for an outhouse.

Granted, some folks may take offense to that sort of humor, so be sure you know your audience and what tickles their funny bone before you use the inside of your Christmas card to serve as Open Mic Night. If you're not naturally funny, there's no shame in borrowing a few one-liners from comedians and humorists. (Any good comic worth his or her salt will tell you that all the great ones have borrowed a joke or two!)

Examples:

What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.
—Phyllis Diller

The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.
—George Carlin

I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up; They have no holidays.
—Henny Youngman

Religious Christmas Card Wording Ideas

At the heart of Christmas – the reason for the season – is the birth of Jesus Christ. While there has been a shift in recent years to more secular holiday greeting cards, Christmas cards that serve as an expression of a shared faith lend an added layer of warmth to thaw the winter chill.

The Bible presents several meaningful messages that offer striking visual imagery of the Star of Bethlehem and the humble birth in a stable of a child who would grow to unite millions with a message of peace, hope and redemption.

Examples:

Luke 2:10 – 14:
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."

Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Isaiah 9:6
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

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Regardless of what your personal preference for your holiday message may be, we hope this short list of ideas and examples help you with the wording of your Christmas cards. Just say what is in your heart and it'll be perfect!