Christmas season is the best time to tell the people in your life that you appreciate them. But it can be challenging, even daunting, to find the right words. This year, if you want to write something more personal than the generic Merry Christmas wishes printed in most greeting cards, these prompts can help you compose a note that sounds thoughtful and sincere.
Update them on your life.
There’s no need for the three-page litany of your family’s accomplishments, but sending a brief, pointed recap to a friend you haven’t seen in some time is a good way to convey a level of closeness despite the distance.
Keep it light.
If you’re struggling to nail the right Christmas card wording, start by keeping it light. Mention an inside joke or a nostalgic anecdote -- a memory you shared that you still hold dearly.
Remind people how much they mean to you.
It might sound so obvious or surface-level when you hear it, but trust us -- it’s not. Being reminded that someone thinks you are important and loved never gets old.
Think about what they mean to you.
If you’re looking to express more specific, sincere Christmas card sentiments, ask yourself what you appreciate about this person. Let the recipient know the true value they bring to your life, and thank them for it. For instance: “Thank you for always taking the time to listen to me and give me honest advice. You always make me feel heard.” Starting with statements tend to get the words flowing, and lead you to able to better articulate just what you’re thankful for this season.
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Tell your friend or family member about the special part they have played in your life, e.g. “I’ll never forget the time you stayed with me while my mother was in the hospital.” One simple statement like that goes a long way.
Find a fitting quote.
If you’re still at a loss for words, consider starting with a quote and seeing where it leads you. These famous quotes may help you capture the Christmas card sentiments you’re searching for:
- “A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” – William Shakespeare
- “From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another…the warmth and joy of Christmas, brings 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.” – John Greenleaf Whittier