80+ Christmas Quotes For Friends, Family & Cards

September 01, 2023 8 min read

Christmas isn't a season, it's a feeling- Edna Ferber Christmas quote.

Do you ever sit down to write all your Christmas cards and find there are so many different people in your life that you don’t know where to start? Our array of 80+ quotes will help narrow down what you want to say to each special person, whether it’s to your family, partner, colleague – you name it! Our Christmas quotes will help you breeze through your Christmas card to do list this year and wish everyone a merry Christmas, with love to your friends and family. These are also great additions to your gift labels and get you and your loved ones truly in the Christmas spirit!

Have a browse through all our quotes and messages or go straight into any section you want:

For Family * For Mum / Dad * For Children * For Daughter / Son * For Sister / Brother * For Grandparents * Baby’s First Christmas / New Parents * For Friends / Best Friends * For Boyfriend / Fiancé / Husband * Cute and Romantic * Nice / Heartfelt * Short and Sweet * Funny * For Teachers * For Neighbours * For Colleagues * Religious * Famous People * Inspirational * New Year's

You may also like our guide to writing thank you messages. If you enjoyed the quotes here, you will love our Christmas card messages blog too.

For Family

This Christmas remind your family how grateful you are for them… even if they drive you insane from time to time.


Christmas is all about family, eating, drinking and making merry - Malaika Arora Khan quote
  • At Christmas, all roads lead home. (Marjorie Holmes)
  • The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. (Burton Hills)
  • One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly. (Andy Rooney)
  • Christmas is the season of joy, of holiday greetings exchanged, of gift-giving, and of families united. (Norman Vincent Peale)



For Mum / Dad

Your mum and dad deserve the best, so make their Christmas card extra special with these charming quotes.


  • Christmas is a time for families. (Dorothy Koomson - My Best Friend's Girl)
  • My parents still treat Christmas like I'm thirteen years old. (Mike Shinoda)
  • It's true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you'll find you've created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul. (Caroline Kennedy)



For Children

Bring a little magic to a child’s Christmas card with these enchanting quotes.


Christmas is like candy. It slowly melts in your mouth, sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever - Richelle E Goodrich
  • Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas. (Dale Evans Rogers)
  • Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. (Mary Ellen Chase)
  • Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. (Norman Vincent Peale)



For Daughter / Son

The perfect quotes to express your love for your daughter or son at Christmas!


  • Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don't quite know how to put our love into words. (Harlan Miller)
  • It's not what's under the Christmas tree that matters, it's who is around it. (Author Unknown)
  • Christmas is a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart. (Freya Stark)



For Sister / Brother

Sassy and loving quotes for your amazing brother or sister… no matter how much they wind you up.


  • The family is the key of Christmas. (Scott Hahn)
  • Merry Christmas you filthy animal. (Home Alone 2)
  • My brother, little sister and I decorate the tree together, and every year we fight over who gets to hang our handmade childhood decorations. (Carly Rae Jepsen)



For Grandparents

Show your grandparents some love with these thoughtful quotes to show how much you cherish them.


  • Christmas is supported through celebration, joyfully passed on - from generation to generation. (Eleesha - The Soulful Pathway to Christmas: 100 channeled affirmations and quotes to positively inspire you at Christmas)
  • From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas bring us closer to each other. (Emily Matthews)



Baby’s First Christmas / New Parents

Being a new parent can be challenging and especially with the added pressure of Christmas. Let them know they are doing amazingly and not to sweat the small stuff.

 Baby it's cold outside - Dean Martin quote

  • Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. (Larry Wilde)
  • Your children need your presence more than your presents. (Jesse Jackson)



For Friends / Best Friends

It can’t be Christmas if your best friend isn’t involved!


  • Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand. (Dr. Seuss)
  • So every year when Christmas comes, I realize a new, the best gift life can offer is having friends like you. (Helen Steiner Rice)
  • How do you survive Christmas? You drink a lot. And drink a lot, right. Drink a lot and drink a lot. (Christina Applegate)



For Boyfriend / Fiancé / Husband

A few naughty and nice quotes for that special someone in your life…


  • Christmas works like glue, it keeps us all sticking together. (Rosie Thomas - Iris & Ruby)
  • You don’t need an extra blanket or a sweatshirt. You’ve got me to keep you warm. (Debbie Mason - Miracle at Christmas)
  • I have loved you from the moment I heard your voice. Thank you for coming here, and being my Christmas miracle. (Alexa Riley - Snow and Mistletoe)
  • Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip. (Gary Allan)



For Girlfriend / Fiancé / Wife

Make your significant other blush with these cheeky and charming quotes this Christmas.

She was what made Christmas feel like home - Timothy Joshua quote


  • You have such a pretty face, you should be on a Christmas card. (Elf)
  • This is the best Christmas ever. She still loves me. (A.K. Kuykendall)
  • Have ye been naughty or nice?”
    “It might be fun to get a little naughty.”(Kerrelyn Sparks - All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire)



Cute and Romantic

For all the old school and hopeless romantics out there…

My idea of Christmas, whether old fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others - Bob Hope quote
  • Christmas brings out the best in us, so let's let us treat each day like it is Christmas. (Charmaine J. Forde)
  • As long as we love, there will always be Christmas. (Lailah Gifty Akita)
  • Christmas is a time of year that's so romantic. (Katharine McPhee)
  • My Christmas wish: To feel your arms around me, to have your lips on mine, and to hold you close one more time, while there's time. (D.S. Mixell)



Nice / Heartfelt

Meaningful and memorable quotes to show the true spirit of Christmas.

I wish we could put some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it each month - Harlan Miller


  • May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve. (Author Unknown)
  • Christmas isn't a date on a calendar, it's a feeling in the heart. (Toni Sorenson)
  • Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. (Peg Bracken)
  • I wish you the magic of Christmas. Let it fill your hearts and minds with love, joy, peace, and happiness. (Debasish Mridha)



Short and Sweet

Keeping it simple and straight to the point can still make a big impression. They are also a great size for gift labels!

Love the giver more than the gift - Brigham Young quote


  • Christmas magic starts in the heart. (Toni Sorenson)
  • My idea of Christmas is love. (Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind)
  • Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. (Charles M. Schulz)
  • The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood. (Richard Paul Evans)




It wouldn’t be Christmas if there were no corny jokes…

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas - but if the white runs out, I'll drink the red - Christmas quote


  • The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live. (George Carlin)
  • At Christmas, tea is compulsory. Relatives are optional. (Robert Godden)
  • I think Santa had the right idea. Visit people only once a year. (Nitya Prakash)
  • Why is a Christmas tree better than a man? Because it stays up, has cute balls, and looks good with the lights on! (Emily Giffin - The One & Only)



For Teachers

Remember to wish your children’s teachers a merry Christmas and thank them for doing such an awesome job of caring and teaching your children!


  • Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges. (Joyce Meyer)
  • Christmas isn’t about candy canes or lights all aglow, it’s the hearts that we touch, and the care that we show. (Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas)
  • Christmas is a spirit that flows from one heart to another. It is more precious than rubies and better than gold. (Agnes M. Pharo)



For Neighbours

Remember to send your neighbours a card this year! Phew, that was a close one.

  • Have a Holly Jolly Christmas. (Johnny Marks and Burl Ives)
  • It's the most wonderful time of the year! (Edward Pola and George Wyle)
  • At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year. (Thomas Tusser)



For Colleagues

Wish your colleagues the happiest of Christmases (and thank them for making work bearable!).

What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day. (Phyllis Diller)
May the Christmas season fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter. (Author Unknown)




Celebrate and honour Christmas with these religious quotes.

 The story of Christmas is the story of God's relentless love for us - Max Lucadoq quote


  • God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it. (Pope Francis)
  • Of course there is a Santa Claus. It’s just that no single somebody could do all he has to do. So the Lord has spread the task among us all. That’s why everybody is Santa Claus. I am. You are. (Truman Capote, One Christmas)
  • It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you. (Mother Teresa)



Famous People

Who doesn’t love a celebrity quote in their Christmas card?


Christmas is a good excuse to eat everything - Dani DeVito quote


  • Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends. (Margaret Thatcher)
  • Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection. (Winston Churchill)
  • At this time of year, few sights evoke more feelings of cheer and goodwill than the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree. (Queen Elizabeth II)
  • Christmas gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us. (David Cameron)
  • I don't think Christmas is necessarily about things. It's about being good to one another. (Carrie Fisher)
  • Nothing says holidays like a cheese log. (Ellen DeGeneres)




Make an impact this Christmas by making your friends and family feel inspired with these unforgettable quotes.

Christmas is not a story of hope; it is hope - Craig D Lounsbrough quote


  • The Christmas memories you make this year will be the ones you remember in the years to come. (Toni Sorenson)
  • Christmas is not only where you find it; it's what you make of it. (Trina Schart Hyman - How Six Found Christmas)
  • Remember this December, that love weighs more than gold. (Josephine Daskam Bacon)
  • Christmas magic is silent. You don't hear it — you feel it. You know it. You believe it. (Kevin Alan Milne)



New Year's

Don’t forget to wish your loved ones a Happy New Year too, especially if you aren’t going to see them over the holidays.

Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous New Year by believing - Sarah Ban Breathnach quote


  • The old must give way to the New. (Lailah Gifty Akita)
  • May the New Year bring you new strength, new hope and new dreams. (Lailah Gifty Akita - Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind)
  • A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to the world! (Charles Dickens)




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