It’s that time of the year again: time to think about the past twelve months and recap it all on your Christmas card. This task makes some of us feel all holly, jolly and festive. But the majority of us begin to sweat, open a bag of chocolate chips and get lost in a Netflix bing while our holiday letter goes unwritten for one more night. Well folks, we’re here for you. Writing your annual letter doesn’t need to be complicated! Let us help you with two easy options.

Option #1: Keep it Short and Sweet

The holiday season is buuuuusy, right? Add managing little ones or a hectic career to the mix and you simply may not have time to sit down and write a full recap of your year. Not to worry! You can send a card that feels genuine and full of love without writing a long message. First, choose a photo Christmas card that lets you show off your growing family, furry friend or adventures from the year without saying a single word.

If you’re going for a short and sweet message, look for a card that makes a heartfelt Christmas saying, quote or lyric the focal point of the design. We know our team loves a quote that pulls at the heart strings or makes them snicker. Here, they’re sharing their favorites:

Heidi: I love when people keep it real at the holidays. We have some adorable cards that integrate in phrases like “Some call it chaos. We call it family” and “A little crazy. A little loud. A lotta love”. You don’t even need a fancy photo shoot to make these cards your favorite ever.

Tara: Integrating faith into our Christmas card is important to me and my family but I also don’t want to send a card that looks…well…like it’s from my grandmother. My favorite Christmas cards fuse modern style with religious sayings like “God is Good. All the time. God is Good” or “We love because He first loved us”.

Sarah: I’m a newlywed and plan on sending a card using the phrase “so very blessed”. It’s exactly how my husband and are feeling this year and I’m incredibly excited to share photos from our wedding with all those we love most!

Once you have your card chosen and found the perfect pic, simply add your family name with a sincere closing. Don’t worry, we’ll help you with that sincere closing! A few winners:

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas,
The Haroldson Family

With much love at Christmastime and always,
Monica, Henry, Frieda and Patrick

Joy, Love & Peace,
Peter + Sam

Wishing you love and light,
The Petersen Family

Option #2: Share Your Highlights

Deciding what to write in your Christmas card can feel a tad overwhelming. But we promise, whether you want to share big news or simple joys from the past year, sending a card that covers a few highlights is easy. Many of the cards we design have options to add a letter and let you change your font size depending on if you want to go long or short. If writing a short letter that covers a year of activities, milestones and vacations, plus includes a Christmas sentiment makes you freeze up, we get it. Use this quick formula to create your letter in a snap:

  1. Add a title at the top. We like using a cute Christmas saying or quote like, “Oh What Fun!”, “Merry Everything” or “ Faith. Christmas. Love.”
  2. Start with your greeting. We like something festive and casual like, “Merry Christmas from this crew!” or “Once again, the most wonderful time of year is upon us!
  3. Acknowledge the recipient. Your letter should always include a sentence directly addressing whoever is reading it. Not by name of course, but even a generic greeting will make your loved ones feel acknowledged. You can do this at the beginning of your letter with a sentiment like “We hope this Christmas greeting finds you happy and healthy”.
  4. Spill your news! You can be specific or speak more generally about your year. Here are two examples of short letters that get the job done:

Greetings from the Jacobs family!
Our house is buzzing with the excitement of the Christmas season! The magic of the holidays viewed through children’s eyes is such a blessing and we’re cherishing every moment. Our wild and crazy crew had many adventures this year, both at home and away. We feel so fortunate for each opportunity to learn and grow as a family and cannot wait to see what the next year will bring. May your new year be filled with joy, peace and hope for what is to come.

Oh What Fun!
Once again, the most wonderful time of year is upon us! Our family had a year full of firsts. We purchased our first home in July and Michelle has been busy dreaming up projects for Henry. Riley had her first birthday in August and took her first steps three days later. Mason had his first day of Kindergarten in September and lost his first tooth just last week! We can’t wait to see what the New Year has in store for us! May your new year be filled with joy, peace and hope for what is to come.

  1. Close your letter with love. One of the most frequent questions we receive is, how to I sign my Christmas card?”. There are so many ways and it all depends on your audience and what you’re comfortable with. We covered many options above, but here are a few more classic choices:

With peace and love,
The Ishimi Family

With love from our family to yours,
Conor, Isabel, Sadie and Riley

Timothy and Gwen

So, there you have it! The Pear Tree guide to writing a Christmas card that feels genuine, heartfelt and fa-la-la-festive. Best of luck creating you card this holiday season!