What to Write in Christmas Cards and Holiday Letters to Friends and Family

Updated on January 16, 2020
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Cards and letters are great ways to connect with friends and family during the holidays. Use the examples, ideas, and tips in this article to craft a meaningful, heartfelt message.
Cards and letters are great ways to connect with friends and family during the holidays. Use the examples, ideas, and tips in this article to craft a meaningful, heartfelt message. | Source

Why not make the holidays extra special this year? One way to do this is by expressing your heartfelt feelings in a card or handwritten letter to someone who makes your world a little brighter and merrier all year round. Is your Christmas card list a mile long? Or do you just have a handful of special people that you want to send a greeting to this year? Either way, there are probably a few special friends worthy of a more personalized note this holiday season.

Below are some suggested sentiments that you can write in a Christmas card or letter to let your special friend or family member know how much they mean to you. Also included are some general card and letter-writing tips and some fun holiday activity ideas for spending one-on-one time with a close friend, family member, or special someone. Enjoy!

Contents

  • Thoughtful messages to write in Christmas and holiday cards
  • Tips for writing a heartfelt holiday letter
  • Fun one-on-one activities to do with a friend over the holidays

While the beautifully embossed text and graphics on the front of a card are lovely, it's the handwritten message inside that means the most.
While the beautifully embossed text and graphics on the front of a card are lovely, it's the handwritten message inside that means the most. | Source

What to Write in Christmas and Holiday Cards

  • Of all the Christmas gifts I get each year, the one that I cherish the most is your love and companionship. Thank you for being such an important part of my life!
  • Wishing the best of the season to you and your family. May Santa make all of your Christmas wishes come true!
  • Season’s greetings, my dear friend. Your friendship brings me so much joy and happiness throughout the year. I am truly blessed to have you in my life!
  • Merry Christmas, friend! Thank you for all the joy and laughter you brought into my life this year!
  • Good tidings! I hope the holidays bring you plenty of wonderful reasons to smile!
  • Happy holidays to my very best friend! Thank you for making me smile day after day.
  • It's time to gather around the Christmas tree, share good food and good company, and give thanks for the love of friends and family! Thinking of you this holiday season and wishing you all the best for a prosperous and happy New Year.
  • You are a very dear friend, and this Christmas, I want you to know how much your friendship means to me. Thank you for your ongoing gifts of patience, empathy, and understanding. I couldn't have gotten through the year without you!
  • Even though we can't see each other this Christmas, I know that we will meet again soon, my friend. Until then, may the new year bring you peace, love, and good health in abundance.
  • Happy holidays! I'm thinking of you from miles away this Christmas and wishing you all the best for a blessed New Year. Be well, dear friend!

Many of the sentiments above are inspired by or adapted from one of my favorite books about what to write in a greeting card for any life event or momentous occasion. This little book has been an invaluable tool in keeping me connected to others, especially during the times—happy or sad—when I find myself at a loss for words.

Holidays and friendship go hand-in-hand! Tell your dearest pals how much you appreciate them with a personalized Christmas card greeting.
Holidays and friendship go hand-in-hand! Tell your dearest pals how much you appreciate them with a personalized Christmas card greeting.

Tips for Writing a Heartfelt Holiday Letter

Sometimes it's nice to write a longer personal letter to a friend rather than just sending a Christmas card. But with so much going on as you prepare for the holidays, finding time to sit down and write a letter can be a challenge. If your heart is in the right place but you don't know what to write about, here are some things that I'm sure any dear friend of yours would like to hear.

  • Tell your friend about a moment when something made you think of them right out of the blue (e.g. when you bit into a Christmas cookie, the taste brought back memories of the last time you and your friend baked together).
  • Talk about your health. Our dearest friends really do want to know that we are keeping well. Life is short, and nothing can be taken for granted, so your friend will be happy to hear that you are happy and healthy.
  • Write about your children (if you have any) and ask about theirs.
  • Write about the things that are making you happy—your job, a new relationship, an upcoming trip, or a sudden turn of good luck. Good news is infectious, and your friend will be pleased to know that life is treating you well.
  • Give thanks for all the things that your friend has done for you this year. Be specific. Tell them how something they did or said made a difference in your life this year.
  • Write about how nice it would be to see each other again soon.
  • Share something that you learned recently, like a craft, a new recipe, or a decorating tip.
  • Tell your friend what you are reading, watching, or listening to these days.

In addition to sending heartfelt letters to distant loved ones, be sure to spend some quality one-on-one time with your best local friend.
In addition to sending heartfelt letters to distant loved ones, be sure to spend some quality one-on-one time with your best local friend. | Source

Fun Things to Do With a Friend Over the Holidays

Christmas cards and holiday letters are great ways to stay in touch with the people you care about the most—especially those friends and family members who live far away. But if you and your best friend live close to one another, don't let the opportunity to spend some one-on-one quality time together pass you by. Here are some fun things to do over the holidays with a good friend or special someone that you'd like to spend more time with.

  • Go to the makeup counter at your favorite department store or cosmetics boutique and get holiday makeovers.
  • Shop for new office Christmas party outfits.
  • Do Christmas errands together. Gift-shopping, meal-planning, decorating, and baking are a lot more fun when you do them with someone who knows how to make you laugh.
  • Build a holiday hamper for a family in need. Find a local charity that matches donors with families and sign up to sponsor a family. Fill your hamper with food, new toys, clothes, and any other items the charity suggests.
  • Give your spouse or significant other the night off from yet another get-together with the in-laws and take your best friend to a family gathering instead. If your best friend is someone that you grew up with, they'll appreciate the chance to catch up with your parents and siblings. If your best friend in adulthood hasn't met your family yet, this is a great way to introduce them to your relatives. If your family gatherings tend to be fraught with tension, having a close friend by your side can help ease the holiday stress. At the very least, you'll have someone to lean on when the nosy questions about your love life from well-meaning relatives start up.
  • Go to a Christmas-themed concert, play, or movie. Look up your local community theater company and see if they're putting on a festive holiday pantomime that you and your friend could enjoy together.

Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.

— Charles M. Schulz, author and illustrator of "Peanuts"

How are you planning on showing your love and appreciation for friends and family this Christmas season?

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