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127 Merry Christmas wishes to help make someone's season bright

Use one of these short, funny or heartwarming quotes to wish friends and family the happiest of holidays.

The tree is up, stockings are hung by the fireplace with care and "Jingle Bell Rock" is playing on the radio. In other words: If you haven't already, now's the time to get the last of the Christmas cards addressed and sent out.

Though most everyone either does photo cards or pre-printed Christmas wishes from the store these days, it's still a nice touch to add a personal greeting, even if it's short and sweet like "Thinking of you this Christmas" or "Good tidings to you and yours."

But coming up with just the right thing to say can occasionally be a challenge.

So, if you find yourself a bit stuck for words, not to worry, we've got a stocking full of Christmas wishes and greetings to ensure friends and family know just how much you care this holiday season.

Whether you're on the hunt for a funny Christmas saying like, "Have your elf a Merry Little Christmas" or something a bit more heartfelt like, "The true spirit of the season is love," we've got a little something here for just about every kind of wish you're hoping to convey.

You'll also find religious greetings, sentiments inspired by Christmas songs and movies, as well as a few greetings especially for the cute and furry members of your family.

If you're skipping the cards and posting your holiday greetings on social media instead, feel free to use one of these greeting as an Instagram caption or send via text.

However you choose to incorporate these Christmas wishes into your holiday this year, we've here to help deliver the very happiest of holidays to you and yours.

Christmas wishes for friends

  • There are friends. There's family. You're both. Merry Christmas.
  • You're the jingle to my bell.
  • Friends close in heart are never truly far apart.
  • Friends like you are what make spirits bright.
  • Having a best friend like you makes every day feel like a holiday, even when it's not.
  • The true gift this Christmas is your friendship.
  • Remember that time we went a-wassailing? Me neither.
  • It's the sweetness of our friendship that's the true blessing this Christmas.
Christmas Wishes
  • I didn't make Santa a list this year. I already have you.
  • Always remember that no matter where we end up, I'm always thinking of you and wishing you the happiest of holidays.
  • Today and every day, I count you among my blessings.
  • Friends like you come along once in a lifetime. Wishing you and yours a holiday that's as wonderful as you are.
  • In the Christmas cookie of life, you're the sugar sprinkles.
  • First rule of Christmas shopping club: There are no rules.
  • Eat, drink and be Merry Christmas.
  • In everything, I give thanks for you this holiday season.
Christmas Wishes
  • My love and joy warm your home this Christmas.
  • May you find peace, love and happiness today and every day.
  • Home is where your friends are.
  • Friendship is the true spirit of Christmas
  • Keep calm and merry on.
  • Love and joy come to you and to you your prosecco too.
  • What a bright time, it's the right time to celebrate friends like you. Happy Christmas.
Christmas Wishes
  • There's nothing better than a friend, unless it's a friend with Christmas cookies.
  • May your cup of cheer be full of friends just like you.
  • That we didn't end up on Santa's naughty list is truly a Christmas miracle. Cheers!
  • Merry Christmas, Friend. Thank you for making life merrier.
Christmas Wishes

Merry Christmas wishes

  • Wishing you bushels of merry without the stress. From our home to yours, we hope this Christmas is the best.
  • May the gifts of love, health and simple abundance be yours this holiday season.
  • The true spirit of the season is love. Merry Christmas.
  • Good tidings to you and yours this Christmas.
Christmas Wishes
  • With warm remembrances and fond wishes, we send our love this Christmas.
  • May your cup overflow with Christmas cheer this year!
  • Have a holly jolly Christmas!
  • May your eyes ever look upward on Christmas Eve. Happy holidays.
  • Merriest wishes for a Christmas that's as wonderful and special as you are.
  • Sending wishes for a season of gladness and cheer in the new year.
  • Joyeux Noël.
Christmas Wishes
  • May the wonder of the season bring you joy and happiness.
  • Wishing you cozy sweaters, hot chocolate and snow days in the year ahead.
  • May your Christmas be full of fa la la’s.
  • Sending you good tidings and Christmas wishes.
  • Wishing you a garland of glad tidings this holiday season!
  • May the magic of the season warm your heart this Christmas.
  • Happy holidays and warmest wishes for a wonderful New Year.
  • Wishing you a holiday filled with all your favorite things!
  • Happy Christmas! Happy New Year’s! Happy everything to you this holiday season.
Christmas Wishes
  • From our home to yours, warmest wishes for a holiday season that’s as special as you are.
  • Joy to the world and peace to all people on earth. Happy holidays to you and yours.
  • Sending a stocking full of holiday cheer from our home to yours!
  • Oh, what fun it is! Happy holidays.
  • May the spirit of Christmas shine in your heart all year long.
  • Wishing you all things merry & bright this Christmas.

Funny Christmas wishes

  • Naughty. Nice. Ebenezer. Your choice. Merry Christmas.
  • Have your elf a merry little Christmas!
  • For Christmas, I wanted to sing you a wrap song. After all, there’s no time like the present to wish you happy holidays!
  • Wishing you all the things this Christmas except for figgy pudding. I don’t know what that is.
Christmas Wishes
  • Dear Santa: Just wondering exactly what percentage of the year I actually have to be nice for it to count.
  • For Christmas this year, we took a terrible family photo, then sent it to everyone we know. You're welcome.
  • Here's hoping you and your family will not require group therapy after this year’s Christmas dinner.
  • Merry Christmas! Here’s the present I’ve had in my car since your birthday, but in a new gift bag. Hope it’s wonderful.
  • The stockings were hung by the fire with care in hopes that someone would stuff gift cards in there. Hint, hint.
Christmas Wishes
  • Wishing you peace, love and gallon-sized wine glasses this holiday season.
  • Dear Santa: What, exactly, counts as “naughty?” Asking for a friend.
  • December 26: the most wonderful time of the year.

Religious Christmas wishes

  • A newborn King to see. Wishing you Christmas blessings. Pa rum, pum, pum.
  • Blessings, love, faith and happiness to you this Christmas!
  • Rejoice in the spirit of the season.
  • Blessed & grateful this year and every year. Merry Christmas from our family to yours.
  • Come let us adore him. Have a blessed Christmas Day.
  • Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth and good will toward men.
Christmas Wishes
  • Onto you, a Savior is born this day. Prayers and blessings this Christmas.
  • Faith, family and Feliz Navidad!
  • Joy to the world, the Lord has come.
  • May his love warm your home on Christmas Day.
  • A star, high above the earth, brings goodness, joy and our savior’s birth.
  • Come all ye faithful.
  • May Christmas bring you all the wonders of His love.
  • Wishing you heavenly peace this Christmas and sending prayers for a wonderful year ahead.

Romantic Christmas wishes

  • Your love keeps me warm on Christmas and every day of the year.
  • All I want for Christmas is the love we share.
  • Me + You @ the mistletoe. Don’t be late.
  • If snowflakes were hugs, I’d be standing outside till spring.
  • Merry Christmas to the person who will always be my forever.
Christmas Wishes
  • There might be a chill in the air this Christmas, but there's a fire in my heart.
  • For my husband on Christmas, there’s no gift that compares to you. I’m so grateful for our love.
  • Tis the season to snuggle, fa la la la!
  • Wishing you a very married Christmas!
  • To my wife, I may not always say it, but on Christmas I want you to know that there’s nothing in the world that matters more to me than you.
  • Our first Christmas together and it was worth the wait!
Christmas Wishes
  • If I had it to do all over again, it would still be you. Merry Christmas to the one I love.
  • You are my person. Today and every day. Merry Christmas.
  • If I could give you one present for Christmas, it would be to see yourself from my eyes and know that there’s truly no gift greater than you.
  • Baby, it’s cold outside, but I'm warm next to you!

Christmas wishes inspired by movie quotes

  • “We came up here for the snow. Where’re you keepin’ it?" — Bob Wallace, “White Christmas”
  • “Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.” — Zuzu Bailey, “It’s a Wonderful Life”
  • “God bless us, everyone!” — Tiny Tim, “A Christmas Carol”
  • “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing out loud for all to hear.” — Buddy, “Elf”
  • “All their windows were dark. No one knew he was there. All the Whos were all dreaming sweet dreams without care.” — Narrator, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
Christmas Wishes
  • “It’s Christmas Eve and we are going to go celebrate being young and being alive.” — Miles, “The Holiday”
  • “I dedicate this house to the Griswold Family Christmas.” — Clark Griswold, “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation”
  • “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.” — The Conductor, “The Polar Express"
  • “Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.” — Santa Claus, “The Polar Express
  • "Christmas was on its way. Lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas, upon which the entire kid year revolved." — Ralphie, "A Christmas Story"
Christmas Wishes
  • “A toy is never truly happy until it is loved by a child.” — King Moonracer, “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
  • “Seeing isn’t believing. Believing is seeing.” — Little Elf Judy, “The Santa Clause"
  • “As any child can tell you, there’s a certain magic that comes with the very first snow, especially when it falls on the day before Christmas.” — Narrator, “Frosty the Snowman”
  • “Just because every child can’t get his wish that doesn’t mean there isn’t a Santa Claus.” — Kris Kringle, “Miracle on 34th Street”
  • “I believe … I believe … It’s silly, but I believe.” — Susan, “Miracle on 34th Street”
Christmas Wishes

Christmas wishes inspired by songs

  • “Although it’s been said many times, many ways, Merry Christmas to you.” — Nat King Cole, “The Christmas Song”
  • “Have yourself a merry little Christmas. Let your heart be light.” — Judy Garland, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
  • “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go.” — Bing Crosby, “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas”
  • “The weather outside is frightful, but that fire is so delightful. Since we’ve no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.” — Frank Sinatra, “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!”
Christmas Wishes
  • "Christmas time is here, happiness and cheer. Fun for all that children call, their favorite time of year." —  Vince Guaraldi and Lee Mendelson, "A Charlie Brown Christmas"
  • “Christmas Eve will find me, where the love light gleams. I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.” — Bing Crosby, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
  • “A song, a song high above the trees, with a voice as big as the sea.” — “Bing Crosby, “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
  • “Said the king to the people everywhere, listen to what I say! Pray for peace, people, everywhere.” — Bing Crosby, “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
  • “Rockin’ around the Christmas tree, let the Christmas spirit ring.” — Brenda Lee, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
  • “It’s the most wonderful time of the year, there’ll be much mistletoeing and hearts will be glowing, when loved ones are near.” — Andy Williams, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
Christmas Wishes

Christmas wishes from a dog or cat

  • Happy Howl-days!
  • Here’s hoping your Christmas is purr-fect!
  • Wishing you the best paw-sible holiday season this year!
  • Have a pawsome Christmas and yappy New Year.
  • It’s the holidays and I’m feline good!
Christmas Wishes
  • Fur-real, wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
  • It’s the holidays, enjoy the meow-ment!
  • For Christmas they made me wear this sweater and I’m pawsitively not amused.