Short Christmas Quotes and Sayings for Holiday Cards

Updated on September 4, 2019
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Marie loves writing articles about handmade crafts, cards, and holiday pastimes.

These short quotes, poems, and sayings are perfect to include in your handmade or store-bought Christmas cards.
These short quotes, poems, and sayings are perfect to include in your handmade or store-bought Christmas cards. | Source

The winter Holiday season is my favorite time of year to spread my infectious cheer through crafts and writing. On this page, I share a selection of my favorite seasonal verses, sentiments, and quotations to use in cards.

Short phrases like these are ideal for holiday cards, scrapbooks, and seasonal crafts. No handmade card is complete without a cheery greeting on the front and a festive caption, phrase, or verse on the interior.

Even if you don't make your own cards, you can always personalize a store-bought card with a little effort and creativity. Add a touch of seasonal magic by handwriting a heartfelt message and punctuating it with a festive sentiment from this page.

Card Crafting Tip

Rubber stamps are great options when making your own holiday cards because they allow you to ink the same greeting on the front of each card before personalizing their interiors for each recipient.

Short Quotes for Christmas Cards

  • "May peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!" —Unknown
  • "Christmas is family, friends, hope, joy, memories, peace, and love." —Unknown
  • "At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year." —Thomas Tusser
  • "Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!" —Hamilton Wright Mabie
  • "It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air." —W.T. Ellis
  • "Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day." —Helen Steiner Rice

I think this makes a wonderfully special sentiment to send to friends and family—regardless of their personal faith—when you pass out or mail your cards.
I think this makes a wonderfully special sentiment to send to friends and family—regardless of their personal faith—when you pass out or mail your cards. | Source

More Holiday Verses and Greetings

  • "May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, the gladness of Christmas give you hope, and the warmth of Christmas grant you love." —Unknown
  • "As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is." —Eric Sevareid
  • "Bless us Lord, this Christmas, with quietness of mind; teach us to be patient and always to be kind." —Helen Steiner Rice
  • "Be merry all, be merry all, with holly dress the festive hall; prepare the song, the feast, the ball, to welcome merry Christmas." —William Robert Spencer
  • "Heap on the wood! The wind is chill; but let it whistle as it will, we'll keep our Christmas merry still." —Sir Walter Scott

I like the way this verse is phrased—it is a short but sweet way to express well-wishes to family and friends and it ends with a classic sign off.
I like the way this verse is phrased—it is a short but sweet way to express well-wishes to family and friends and it ends with a classic sign off. | Source

Additional Christmas Phrases and Sentiments

  • "A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world!" —Charles Dickens
  • "May the holiday spirit find a home in your heart." —Unknown
  • "Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day." —Helen Steiner Rice
  • "A little smile, a word of cheer, a bit of love from someone near, a little gift from one held dear, best wishes for the coming year . . . These make a merry Christmas!" —John Greenleaf Whittier
  • "Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first." —George Mathew Adams
  • "The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other." —Burton Hillis
  • "Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." —Norman Vincent Peale

This short verse really speaks from the heart—it carries the promise of something wonderful.
This short verse really speaks from the heart—it carries the promise of something wonderful. | Source

Famous Christmas Sayings

  • "May this Christmas find you surrounded by those you love and those who love you." —Unknown
  • "Christmas day is a day of joy and charity. May God make you very rich in both." —Phillips Brooks
  • "Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy is to have the real spirit of Christmas." —Calvin Coolidge
  • "We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give." —Winston Churchill

This verse stresses the importance of the best Christmas presents of all—the presence of our loved ones.
This verse stresses the importance of the best Christmas presents of all—the presence of our loved ones. | Source

What Is the Meaning of Christmas?

Christmas is the time of year to share meaningful sentiments with the ones that you love. It is about the people you care for—they are the greatest gift that anyone could hope to receive.

Short Poems About Christmas

Let us keep Christmas beautiful without a thought of greed,

that it might live forevermore to fill our every need,

that it shall not be just a day, but last a lifetime through,

the miracle of Christmas time that brings God close to you.

—Garnett Ann Schultz


Through a frosty winter night,

in a sleigh with reindeer flight,

bringing joy to large and small,

Merry Christmas one and all.

—Unknown


From home to home and heart to heart,

from one place to another.

The warmth and joy of Christmas,

bring us closer to each other.

—Emily Matthews


Somehow not only for Christmas but all the long year through,

the joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you.

And the more you spend in blessing the poor and lonely and sad,

The more of your heart's possessing returns to make you glad.

—John Greenleaf Whittier

Do You Believe in the Magic of Christmas?

I believe in the magic of the season. Do you? Many people complain about how commercialized this time of year has become, but that doesn't stop me from loving every minute of it each time it December rolls around. I love the 25-day run up to the Christmas day because I enjoy making the cards and gifts to share with family and friends.

I love to sew, so I generally make small, handmade gifts topped off with a sprinkling of love. I also enjoy making Christmas decorations for the house with my little girl. I delight in the precious time I get to spend with the people I care about most. That is the most important part of Christmas for me—I hope you delight in the magic too.

© 2011 Marie

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    • Craftymarie profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie 

      4 years ago

      That's fun that you found the photo on pinterest :) Quotations and sentiments can make really effective wall art with decals. Thanks for your visit.

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      Haven't really thought about saying actually, but I do like your Christmas tree decal. Found this on Pinterest :)

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      Shelly Sellers 

      6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Merry Christmas :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @endamclarnon: that real great

    • Craftymarie profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie 

      6 years ago

      @endamclarnon: Thank you :) I hope your wife and daughters enjoy the handmade Christmas card ideas on this page - it's fun to have a crafty Christmas!

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      Enda McLarnon 

      6 years ago from Belfast, Ireland

      Thanks for this. My wife also makes her own Christmas cards along with my two daughters so I will be passing these great ideas along.

    • Craftymarie profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie 

      7 years ago

      @irminia: Thank you for your visit :)

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      irminia 

      7 years ago

      Wonderful ideas, thank you!

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      easyday lm 

      7 years ago

      Great lense. I love to read it

    • Craftymarie profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie 

      8 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you for your visit. I like to handmake Christmas Cards for special friends and family - a nice, well-chosen phrase is a must.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      8 years ago from Colorado

      What a great idea. This collection of Christmas card sayings is just perfect to help me add a special greeting to my homemade holiday cards. Thank you!

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      Marie 

      8 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes I love Christmas as it means family time - there's nothing better. Thanks for stopping by :)

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Very nice Lens; Christmas is a special time of the year.

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