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

Updated on November 10, 2017
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Sadie Holloway teaches communication skills to people who want to build better relationships at home, at work, and out in the community.

Make the holidays extra special by expressing your heartfelt feelings in a card, writing a handwritten letter or spending extra one-on-one time with people who make your world a little more merry and bright, all year round.

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.

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? Whether your Christmas card list is big or small, there a probably a few special friends worthy of a more personalized note this holiday season.

Here are some suggested sentiments that you can write in a Christmas card to tell your special friend or family member how much she means to you.

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 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, friends! 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 continuous gift 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 across the miles this Christmas and wishing you all the best for a blessed New Year. Be well, dear friend!

Words from the Heart
Words from the Heart

The sentiments featured above are adapted from and inspired by one of my favorite books on what to write in a greeting card for almost any life events or momentous occasions. The little book has been an invaluable tool in keeping me connected to others, especially during those times--happy or sad--when I am at a loss for words.


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 your friend right out of the blue (i.e.; 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 would be happy to hear that your health is good.
  • Write about your children and ask about hers.
  • Write about the things that are making you happy; your job, a new relationship, an upcoming trip, a sudden turn of good luck. Good news is infectious and your friend would 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 her how something she did or said made a difference to your life this year.
  • Write about how nice it would be to see each other again soon.
  • Share something that you learned recently; a craft, a new recipe, a decorating tip.
  • Tell your friend what you are reading or listening to these days.

Tis the Season to Celebrate with Friends and Family

When you can't see your loved ones over the holidays, a letter written from the heart can help bridge the geographical gap between you and the ones you love.
When you can't see your loved ones over the holidays, a letter written from the heart can help bridge the geographical gap between you and the ones you love.

Fun Things to Do One-to-One with a Friend Over the Christmas 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 of you and your best friend live close to one another, don't let the opportunity to spend some quality time together one-to-one pass you by. Here are some fun things to do over the holidays with a friend or special someone that you'd like to spend more time with.

  • Go to the make-up 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 done 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 in need at Christmas and sign up to sponsor a family. Fill your hamper with food, new toys and clothes and whatever other items the charity suggests are most helpful.
  • 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. If your friend best friend is someone that you grew up with, she'll get to catch up with your parents and siblings too. If your best friend in adulthood hasn't met your family yet, a family gather is a nice way to introduce her to your relatives. And if your family gatherings are sometimes fraught with tension, having a best friend you can lean on when the nosy questions about your love life from well-meaning relatives start up will ease the holiday stress a bit.
  • Go to a Christmas concert or a festive pantomime put on by the local community theater company.

Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.

— Charles M. Schulz, author and illustrator of 'Peanuts' comic strip

How are you planning on showing your love and appreciation for friends and family this Christmas season? Share your thoughts in the comments.


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