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Merry Christmas greetings for everyone

Christmas cards offer the perfect opportunity to share the Christmas spirit with your family, friends, and loved ones. You can share a message that feels heartfelt and genuine, optimistic and hopeful, silly and humorous, or just about anything in between.

But while there are plenty of different Christmas greetings you can include in your Christmas card, generally, the hardest part? Figuring out how to deliver your Christmas message—or, in other words, what to write.

If you’re experiencing a bit of writer’s block this holiday season, not to worry—we’ve got you covered.

Let’s take a look at some pre-written Christmas Greetings—in every style, every tone, and for every important person in your life. With these holiday messages, all you have to do is create your own Christmas cards, sign, and send along a healthy dose of holiday cheer.

Christmas greetings for family

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Christmas is all about celebrating with the people that are the most important to you—and no one is more important than your family.

Whether you want to spread Christmas cheer to your partner, your kid, your parents, or family that you won’t be able to see this year, here are a few Christmas greetings to include in this year’s Christmas card:

Christmas greetings for your spouse:

“This Christmas, I have three words for you: You. Me. Mistletoe. Merry Christmas! Love you!”

“Christmas is the time of year where we celebrate the people we love—and out of all the people I love, it’s safe to say that I love YOU the most. Merry Christmas!”

“After [insert number of years married] Christmases together, there’s still no one I would rather celebrate the holidays with than you. Merry Christmas!

“Couldn’t be any more grateful that you’re my partner in crime—and my partner in Christmas. Merry Christmas!”

Christmas greetings for your kids:

“Of all the Christmas gifts I’ve gotten in my life, I want you to know there’s no better gift than being your Mom/Dad/Parent. Merry Christmas!”

“Just want you to know that I talked to Santa and he let me know you’re on the nice list this year. Which makes sense, since you’re the best daughter/son/child a parent could ask for! Merry Christmas!”

“Candy canes are red, Christmas trees are green, you’re the best kid that I’ve ever seen! Merry Christmas!”

“Santa may be the one to bring you presents, but don’t forget that it’s Mom/Dad that comes through with the Christmas cookies. Merry Christmas!

Christmas greetings for your parents:

“I’ve gotten a lot of Christmas presents over the years—but your support, guidance, and love have been the best gifts of all. Merry Christmas [insert parent(s) name(s)]!”

“Just want you to know that Santa has nothing on you. Thanks for being the best Mom/Dad/parents ever! Merry Christmas!”

Christmas greetings for your siblings:

“We’ve been sharing holidays since we were kids—and I just want you to know that even after all these years, it still doesn’t feel like Christmas without you.”

“Chance made us brothers/sisters/siblings—but choice made us friends. Merry Christmas!”

“So, I talked to Santa, and he wanted to let me know that I’m definitely the favorite kid in our family. No hard feelings, right? Well, either way...Merry Christmas!”

Looking to send your family the perfect Christmas card this year? Get started with one of Canva’s Christmas card templates, like the Red and White Snow Flakes Border Photo Year in Review Christmas Card, the Red Ornament Festive Photo Holiday Greeting Card, or the Red and Yellow Envelope Christmas Art Card.

Christmas greetings for friends

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For many people, friends are just as much a part of their holiday traditions as family. If your friends are an integral part of your Christmas celebrations, here are a few messages to include in your 2021 Christmas card:

“So, Santa checked his naughty list….and it looks like we might have a problem this year. But let’s be real—it was worth it! Thanks for being such a good friend (and a bad influence)! Merry Christmas!”

“Between shopping, wrapping gifts, playing Santa, and cooking Christmas dinner, I think it’s safe to say that I wouldn’t make it through the holiday season without our friendship (and at least a few glasses of wine). Merry Christmas!”

“This Christmas, I want you to know that there’s no greater gift than your friendship. Merry Christmas!”

Want to share Christmas greetings with your friends in a fun, stylish way they’re sure to appreciate? Get started with one of Canva’s Christmas card templates, like the Black and White Champagne Festive Photo Holiday Greeting Card, the Blue Photo Holiday Christmas Greeting Card, or the Rustic Pinecones Christmas Greeting Card.

Funny Christmas greetings

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Christmas greetings can be heartfelt, sincere, genuine...but they can also be funny!

If you want to inject a bit of humor (or even cheesiness!) into your Christmas cards this year, you’ll definitely want to give these messages a try:

“Christmas trees are green, Candy canes are red, I didn’t get you a gift so I’ll just send a card instead. Merry Christmas!”

“Eat, Drink, and Be Merry….Christmas!”

“I wouldn’t trade your friendship for all the Christmas cookies in the world…unless they’re peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies. In which case, you’re out of luck. Merry Christmas!”


Who’s there?

Ho Ho.

Ho Ho Who?

It’s not Ho Ho Who...It’s Ho Ho Ho.’

Merry Christmas (and thanks for putting up with my terrible knock-knock jokes!)”

“In the words of Kevin McAllister, ‘Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal.”

Hoping your Christmas card will get someone to LOL this year? Try one of Canva’s humorous Christmas card templates, like the Funny Trees Christmas Card, the Green Red Santa Vector Funny Christmas Card, or the Dark Blue Cute Creative Funny Christmas Card.

Short Christmas greetings

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If you have the time, energy, and desire to write a full page inside your Christmas cards, have at it! But if you want to keep things short and sweet, here are a few Christmas messages that will help you get right to the point:

“There are plenty of things I celebrate during the holidays—and you are at the top of the list. Merry Christmas!”

“Christmas trees are green, Candy canes are red, I didn’t get you a gift so I’ll just send a card instead. Merry Christmas!”

“From our family to yours, have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!”

“Christmas is a time for cheer, celebration, and gifts—and family is the best gift of all. Merry Christmas!”

“Ho-ho-hope you have a very Merry Christmas!”

“I ho-ho-hope your Christmas is as jolly as you are.”

“Wishing you and yours health, happiness, and prosperity this Christmas.”

“Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”

You don’t need to write a novel in your Christmas card. Keep your message short and sweet (but still effective!) with one of Canva’s Christmas card templates, like the Christmas Icons Funny Card, the Red Illustrated Christmas Sweater Christmas Art Card, or the Red Fabric Photo Christmas Card.

Find the perfect Christmas card for everyone in your life this holiday season with Canva

Sending a Christmas card is a great way to share Christmas greetings and show your friends, family, and loved ones you care about this holiday season—even if you can’t be together in person. And no matter what kind of card you’re looking for, Canva has you covered. With hundreds of Christmas card templates, we have everything you need to design the perfect Christmas card—and with these Christmas greetings, you have everything you need to write the perfect message inside.

So what are you waiting for? Design your Christmas cards in Canva, write messages, and share some Yuletide cheer with the people in your life!

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