Artful Advice

What to write in a holiday card

Heartfelt words for everyone from family to colleagues

What to write in a holiday card

Whether you’re posting warm wishes to loved ones across the sea, or hand-delivering envelopes to your neighbors next door, sending Holiday cards is a time-honored tradition for a reason. Taking a moment to write heartfelt words can mean so much more than any gift. It’s the perfect opportunity to tell people how much you appreciate them and to spread a little holiday cheer. If you’re struggling to put pen to paper, we’ve gathered our favorite season’s greetings and some helpful hints to make writing cards a joy. Curl up by the fireplace, make yourself a cup of hot chocolate and let the festive words flow.

Make it personal

Instead of scribbling out the same words in all your cards, take the time to personalize your festive wishes. Think about the year you’ve shared, special memories together or exciting hopes for the future. Personalizing cards turns a chore into a creative process, and the messages inside will mean so much more when that envelope gets opened. Make your card extra special with artistic touches: you could try your hand at calligraphy, paint a festive watercolor pattern on the envelope, or make a blank card beautiful with illustrations.

When to send holiday cards

After you’ve carefully crafted your card, make sure it reaches your loved ones in time. If you’re posting your warm wishes, don’t forget to check cut-off dates for postal services. They’ll vary from country to country, so get started sooner rather than later for any international acquaintances. For those lucky enough to receive a hand-delivered card, try sharing them on a special occasion. Perhaps you can cook up a cozy Christmas dinner, or take a wander together to look at the sparkling seasonal lights. For colleagues, leaving the cards until the last day in the office will get the holidays started on a festive foot.

What to write in holiday cards

Now to put your warm wishes in writing. A sentimental seasonal update for your grandmother will be very different to a cheeky card for a new festive fling. When writing, try to emulate the tone you use in conversation with that person. If you’re still struggling for inspiration, we’ve prepared some simple examples that are ready to be popped into any blank card. Copy them word-for-word, or tweak with the personal touches we mentioned earlier to suit the style of whoever you’re writing to – from your boss to your best friend.


For your sister or your brother

Although I miss the sleepless nights waiting up for Santa, I’m so grateful that we’ve stayed close as we’ve grown older. Christmas just isn’t the same unless we’re checking our stockings together. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

For your son or daughter

Happy Holidays darling. We’re very proud of everything you’ve achieved this year, and we hope that 2022 brings you health, happiness and plenty of laughter.

For your granddaughter or grandson

Happy Holidays. We hope this year has brought everything you wished for, and that your next year will shine even brighter.

For your mom or dad

Thank you for always being by my side and for making this year so filled with joy. I’m looking forward to making more Holiday memories that we’ll treasure forever.

For a grandparent

Happy Holidays! I can’t wait to see you on Christmas Eve and to spend two whole days eating too much, playing festive games and falling asleep on the sofa next to you.

For your best friend

Happy Holidays to my best friend in the world. I’m excited to spend another Christmas Eve drinking hot toddies together, and I’m looking forward to bringing in the new year by your side.

For your boyfriend or girlfriend

Happy Holidays to my favorite person. Your love is the best gift I could ask for. I’m so excited about what next year has in store for us.

For your husband/wife/partner

This season is always a lot sweeter with you by my side. Here’s to many more years of celebrating together. Happy Holidays my love.

For your teacher

Thank you for everything you’ve taught me this year. I hope you have a lovely break and a happy new year.

What to write in a Holiday Card for colleagues

Whether you work in an office or school, on building sites or in a hospital, your colleagues can become like your second family. Here are some examples of meaningful season’s greetings that are both polished and professional.

For a client

Have a lovely Holidays and a well-deserved break. It’s been a pleasure working with you and I look forward to a brand new year together.

For a supplier

Happy Holidays. We’re so glad that you’re part of the extended team. We look forward to working together again next year.

For an employee

You’re such an important part of the team and we’re lucky to have you. Thanks for all your hard work this year, I hope you enjoy your time off and have a wonderful holiday.

For a boss

Happy Holidays to you and your family. Thank you for all the opportunities and support you’ve given me this year. I’m very grateful to be part of such an incredible team. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.


There’s no better feeling than receiving warm wishes in writing. So pick up your pen and spread a little joy this holiday season. Ready to get started? Our holiday card collection awaits.

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