Christmas is a ‘claus’ for celebration; a time to relax with your loved ones. If you’re like me, it’s a time for rushing around the kitchen preparing Christmas dinner while doing some last minute gift wrapping. When I think I’m done and ready to relax, I remember I need to send out my Christmas cards! I dread writing in my holiday cards every year. What do I say? How do I say it? Will my hand cramp up again this year? These are all valid questions. Luckily, I thought ahead this year and I have some easy tips to share. Writing Christmas cards is going to be a walk in the snow-covered park from now on!
How to Write Dashing Christmas Cards
Baby, it’s cold outside. Yes, it sure is! I have no intention of going out and about; I’ll be inside snuggled up next to the fire like every year, but with a pen in hand and Christmas cards on my lap. Season well wishes don’t need to be super long, but they don’t have to be short either. I’m a talker, so I usually go on and on and on, but sometimes a simple message is the way to go.
I also prefer to handwrite my messages, as it adds a special touch and shows I put thought and time into each card. I’m also one of those people who loves receiving handwritten letters in the mail. Communication is all online now, so when someone takes the time to sit down and write me, I appreciate the extra effort! If you don’t know how to begin or if you’re feeling a little sluggish to start, here are some writing tips to get the snowball rolling!
- Know Who You’re Writing For – When you have a clear idea of who you’re sending the card to, writing the message becomes a little easier. What I write in a card for my grandma will be different to what I write for my seven-year-old cousin.
- Get the Right Pen – Pens are notorious for smudging, especially on a glossy surface. Look for a pen that suits your card and your writing style. My biggest problem when writing my Christmas cards is accidentally covering the entire side of my hand in ink then transferring it onto the next card, essentially ruining it. My second problem is that I’m a heavy ink user so pressing a pen to paper results in a river of ink. If these problems sound familiar to you, then you should leave time for your ink to dry and hold the pen a bit higher for a looser grip. The last thing you want is to ruin the next card with the excess ink from the side of your hand.
- Find the Right Surface – Where you write your message is just as important as what you say and what you write with. If you’re writing on a textured surface, you risk your handwriting looking scratchy and bumpy.. If the surface is too soft, you risk punching a hole right through the card. Unfortunately, I’ve been guilty of doing this too many times to count!
Don’t let Christmas card writing get the best of you. Do what I do to stay focused and motivated during the holiday season: Throw on a Christmas movie or play your favorite jolly jingles!
Christmas Messages That Will Sleigh
It’s time to figure out what to write in a Christmas card. Knowing who you’re writing for is crucial. I tailor each message for each person, or for each group at the very least. It’s good to note that most Christmas messages will fall into one of the categories below. I’ve put together some of my favorite messages I’ve used and received over the past few years:
Classic – Good ‘ole jolly Christmas messages perfect for any festive greeting.
- ‘Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays’
- ‘Wishing You a Happy New Year’
- ‘Here’s to a season filled with warmth, comfort and good cheer’
These are ideal for people you don’t really know but would like to give a card to, like my neighbor that’s lived five houses down. I don’t speak to him much, but we wave at each other when we’re putting out the trash!
Sentimental – When you want to send the warmest wishes with love and thought behind them.
- ‘You’re someone who helps me remember the true reason for the season, and I’m so grateful for you.’
- ‘A friend like you is what makes Christmas special to me. Nothing makes me happier than sharing this season with you and I can’t wait for Christmas to get here.’
- ‘My favorite part of the holiday season is all of our Christmas memories together. I’m so thankful to have such loving people in my life. Here’s to many more Christmas memories and too many cookies.’
These messages are just what you need to show your significant other, family and friends how much they mean to you.
Funny – Tickle those funny bones with some jolly jokes.
- ‘There’s snowbody like you!’
- ‘Get your fat pants ready, it’s Christmas’
- ‘Why are Dasher and Dancer always taking coffee breaks? Because they are Santa’s star bucks. Happy Holidays!’
Perfect for the jokester in your life. I don’t receive many funny cards but I love sending them! I like to think I have a cheesy sense of humor with a love of puns. The cheesier and punnier, the better!
Religious – To celebrate the true meaning and origins of Christmas.
- ‘May you have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope and the peace of His love at Christmas and always.’
- ‘As you celebrate the miracle of this special season, may your heart be filled with joy and peace. May these holiday blessings linger in your home and stay with you throughout the year.’
- ‘God bless you at Christmas and always.’
These particular messages are ideal to send to older relatives or friends with traditional, religious beliefs.
Don’t feel confined by these groupings either. Mix and match or create your own Christmas card sayings! Who says a sentimental Christmas message to your significant other can’t be hilarious?
Sign Off With the Warmest of Wishes
Signing off your Christmas cards is the final writing step to complement the message you wrote. How else would they know who it’s from? And how do you know whether to write “Love You?”, “Best Regards” or “See You Later” at the end?
Family – You can be sentimental and thoughtful with your closing wishes for family members.
- “With Love Always”, “Hugs and Kisses”, “XOXO”
Friends –You can also be sentimental with your friends but with a dash of informality.
- “See You Later”, “Enjoy Christmas, don’t do anything I wouldn’t do”, “Hope to see you soon”
Co-workers/Employees – Keep it friendly and appropriate for your secret Santa gift at work or thanking employees for the wonderful job they did all year.
- “From Your Friends At___”, “Thanks for another Great Year___”, “Sincerely”
Once you’ve finished writing your Christmas cards, stretch; do some hand and wrist stretches, stand up and stretch your back, neck and shoulders and give your eyes a break. Add a special touch by including a return address label. This way you’ll know if cards were sent to the wrong address. This also ensures you get a lot of Christmas cards back! You might not get snail mail often, but I highly recommend keeping the holiday card tradition alive!
Let us know in the comments if you have any helpful tips when it comes to writing your Christmas cards!