Now that the holidays are just around the corner, and everyone’s getting into the card-sending spirit, one of the toughest things can be trying to figure out what to write in a Christmas card. If you ask me, this a great place for a thoughtful message that comes straight from the heart.
In case you find yourself struggling a bit, here are a couple of tips for crafting a thoughtful holiday message in your own words.
1. Let the card be the card
Don’t worry about trying to sound like a greeting card. There’s a good chance your card already has a nicely crafted Christmas message, so when it comes to writing your own words, just be yourself. By writing how you’d speak naturally, you can sound a lot more authentic, making your Christmas wishes and glad tidings that much more genuine. So, while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with signing your card with something like, “May your days be merry and bright,” maybe you could try something like, “Hope your holidays are super-merry!” or “Hope your Christmas is merry, and the rest of your year is just as happy!”
2. Make a wish for them
It doesn’t have to be really complicated – just think of something nice, and let them know that’s what you’re hoping for them. You could wish them something really general, but still nice and warm, and it might sound something like this: “Wishing you all good things in your corner of the world.” Or, you could do something a little more fun like, “Hoping Santa brings you everything on your Christmas list!”
3. Be thankful
If you’re sending someone a Christmas card, it’s most likely because they play a part in your life that other people don’t. Why not let them know? A few simple words like, “I’m so glad to have a friend like you,” can go a long way in brightening someone’s day and spreading some holiday joy. If you really want to go the extra mile, you can even point out little things that people have done for you throughout the year. For example, a message I write to my sister might say, “You’re the best sister I could ask for… and you’re a pretty awesome dog-sitter, too. Thanks for always being there for ALL of us!”
4. Glad tidings
Have some good news? A Christmas card is a great place to share it, especially if you’re choosing a holiday newsletter format. And while Thanksgiving may be over, if you’re sharing all the good things that happened this year, taking a nod from tip #3 can be a great way to put things in perspective and not sound like you’re bragging about anything (you never want to be that person). It could even be something as simple as starting your newsletter with a sentence like, “This year brought us so many things to be thankful for…” And keep in mind that your glad tidings don’t actually have to be “news”-worthy – anything that will make someone smile will do. So, if your dog learned a new trick, or your little one said something hilarious you still can’t stop laughing about, go ahead and put it in there!
5. The little things
If you’re sending a photo card, you might find yourself with very little room to write – which is totally fair since your photo is the star of the show – but that doesn’t mean that your message can’t still be unique. Have a figure of speech that people associate with you? Maybe you can include it here. …and you don’t have to try that hard, either. Even something as simple as adding your kids’ ages can be a nice, personal touch for people who don’t get to see them that often.
Hopefully, these ideas get the creatively-thoughtful juices flowing for you. If you have any questions or other ideas, as always, we’d love to hear them!