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What to Say in Your 2023 Christmas Card

Creating your annual Christmas card can be a lot of fun. Sharing a heartfelt greeting with your loved ones is a tradition each recipient appreciates so much – we always say, there’s no better time of the year to check the mail than during the holidays!

If you’ve found a Christmas card that you love, but you’re searching for the right wording to make it more personal, we’re here to help! From modern Christmas wishes to religious greetings, these wording ideas will help you create a Christmas card that has that extra touch of holiday magic.

Ideas of What to Write in Your Christmas Card

Deciding what to write about in your holiday card can feel tricky. Some years, you might have a laundry list of exciting news to share. Other years, you’ll feel like keeping your wording short and sweet. And sometimes, life throws curveballs with milestone events that you want to share too.

No matter what vibe you’re feeling this year, we’re here with four different types of Christmas card messages your friends and family will totally love!

1. Year in Review Christmas Card Wording

Featured Year in Review Christmas card: The News

Creating a holiday card with a year in review theme is just too fun. A card this epic will take a little more time and care, but the result will be exceptional! Starting a tradition of sending one of these newsletter-style cards each year is a fabulous idea and one that your future-self will thank you for. It’s like having your own personal time capsule for every year.

To create a year in review card, think about sharing both big and little things. Here are some ideas of big and little milestones to get those juices flowing:

  • Vacations: Big or small, add a photo and fun story about your favorite trips of the year.

  • Hobbies: Highlight family member’s favorite hobbies and any accomplishments that were achieved this year.

  • School: Cover the grades your children are in, and fun facts about their interests.

  • Careers: If you have any fun news to share about your careers, do it! People love hearing about more than just updates on the kiddos.

  • Pets: Be sure to give a shout-out to your furry family members too.

  • The Small Stuff: These are the memories that’ll make your heart swell when you read your card 20 years down the road. First steps to loose teeth to driver’s permits – sharing these moments are what make year in review cards extra personal and just so sweet.

Here’s a real life example of wording for a year in review style card. Each set of wording can be accompanied with a snapshot to create the cutest Christmas card ever...

Merry Christmas from the Watson home to yours! Our little posse had lots of fun adventures this year that we wanted to share. We truly do consider each memory a blessing with our zany, smart and healthy girls. Here’s hoping you have lots of beautiful memories from this year as well.

We started the year with a visit to Jen’s sister’s in Santa Monica. Our little beach babes had the best time and now we’re dreaming of a relocation…

Jen and the girls spent a magical 4 weeks with family on the shores of Lake Michigan over the summer. This cousin-time is so, so special to us!

Sam turned 9 this year and started guitar lessons. In true Sam fashion, she is very dedicated to practicing, setting a reminder each day, followed up with a time.

Mara really takes charge and some days it’s hard to believe she’s only 5. We really do expect she’ll run for president, ha!

Sam started 4th grade this fall and Mara was delighted to FINALLY join her big sister at Meadowbrook. It’s hard to believe our baby is in school. Sniff, sniff…

This is Mark’s 12th year in business as an independent contractor. He truly loves his job. And Jenn just started her 9th year teaching in the English department and MDSU.

We adopted a dog! Her names is Sugar-Sweetie-Toes and no, Jenn nor Mark named her. Sam and Mara are head-over-toes in love with this furry beast.

We were super excited to complete our master suite remodel this summer. Somehow the girls seem to be enjoying it the most. We know who’s in charge around here!

One of the biggest highlights of the year was having Grammy stay with us for a month before she could move into her new condo. We miss her, but are delighted she’s a quick 5-minutes away.

In May, Mara broke her arm. Don’t worry though folks – to her delight, it gave her reason to not participate in her ballet recital. Up next – trying soccer!

Sam binge-watched all 26 season of Survivor. Her life-goal is to now become the youngest Survivor contestant of all time and win it all. Guys, it could happen!

May the magic of the season fill your home and your heart. Wishing you all the peace and joy the season brings.

Max, Jenn, Sam and Mara

2. Short and Simple Christmas Card Wording

Featured Simple Christmas card: Sweet Greeting

On the flip side, you don’t have to share it all. If you don’t want to spend an entire evening creating your card, it’s possible to get it done in just a few short minutes!

Follow this formula to pen a short and sweet greeting:

  • Greet the recipient
  • Add a dose of happy
  • Wishes for the future
  • A heartfelt closing

Here are 3 examples of simple Christmas greetings:

Merry Christmas from the Williams family! This year has brought us so much joy as we welcomed sweet Hattie and watched her grow. She’ll turn one next month and she’s been taking her first steps!
Ben and I both celebrated a decade with our companies this year and feel blessed to do what we love each day. We can’t wait to see what the next year brings!
With love,
Ben, Stacey & Hattie

We hope this greeting finds you healthy, happy and looking forward to the holidays! The excitement is definitely in the air at our house! Calvin decided it was time to begin the tradition with the girls this year of ringing the Salvation Army bell like he always did as a kid. They're pretty excited and are already planning on ringing for a couple Saturdays! Another year has quickly flown by and we can't believe how fast these kids are growing up. Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday and contentment in the New Year.
Calvin, Shelby, Brynn & Laney

Greetings, friends and family! This holiday season we celebrate and share the little moments in life that make us smile. We send you our love and wishes for a peaceful, joyous holiday and happy new year.
Clay, Kimberly, Lainey & Liam

3. Wording for a Religious Christmas Card

Featured Religious Christmas card: Let Us Adore Him

It’s the reason for the season! If you’re sending a religious Christmas card, add a closing with faith-themed wording. 

Here are some samples of ways to close your Christmas card with a touch of faith and love:

With love and faith from our family to yours,
The Ellis Family

Glory to God!
Emma, Hank, Riley and Mia

Wishing you the gift of love, the gift of peace and the gift of faith,
The Tyler Family

4. Create Funny Christmas Card Wording

Featured Funny Christmas card: So Much Joy

Our funny Christmas cards are our most popular – and for good reason! Creating a card that’ll deliver joy AND laughs is all about pairing the right wording with the right photo.

Here are our favorite, funny wording ideas, based on the style of photo you want to share. Add a genuine and heartfelt letter on the backside of your card to create one that’ll go down in history as your best yet.

A perfect family photo

  • “This is a Christmas Miracle”
  • “Our Real Life Looks Nothing Like This!”
  • “It’s a Crazy, Busy, Wonderful Life!”

Not-so-perfect snapshots

  • “Dear Santa, We Can Explain”
  • “All is Not Calm, All is Still Bright!”
  • “Not so Silent Night”

We hope these holiday card wording examples help you word your card just the way you imagined! Wishing you a happy season of all the love and joy you can handle!


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