The bells are jingling, the house is covered in glitter and The Pogues are on every radio station. It must be Christmas. And, just to top things off, you're likely receiving cards from neighbours and loved ones wishing you a merry old time.
Whether you're a fan of Christmas cards or not you'll probably be sending one or two to your close family and friends, at least. Because let's be honest, it would be rude-olf you not to.
Cards are an always thoughtful way to send a message during the festive season. While you can add "Merry Christmas" to your email signature or share a 'Happy Xmas' over text, a Christmas card filled with sentimental Christmas wishes is a much better way to say 'I care'.
Our guide has the perfect Christmas greetings for any situation - from funny Christmas quotes to Christmas wishes for friends and loved ones.
Classic Christmas wishes
From festive quotes to caring words, these messages are perfect for friends or family in the run-up to Christmas. Get your best pen ready!
"It's the most wonderful time of the year!"
"It's easy to get lost in the flurry of activity during Christmas time. May you get chance to take in the beauty and true meaning of the season and have a Merry Christmas!"
" 'Tis the season to be jolly!"
Have yourself a Merry little Christmas, let your heart be light.
May this Christmas season bring you closer to all those that you treasure in your heart. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!
I hope Santa is good to you this year because you only deserve the best. Merry Christmas from our family to yours.
Take nothing for granted and be thankful that you have such great family and friends to spend this joyous season with. Wishing you a delightful Christmas.
Wishing you and your family health, happiness, peace and prosperity this Christmas and in the coming New Year.
Funny Christmas messages
Have a friend who appreciates a cheesy festive joke or two? Then we have some great messages here which are very different from the classic 'Merry Christmas' wishes.
Yule always be my favourite.
Why did Santa quit smoking? Because it was bad for his elf.
Christmas is a very spiritual time - In your case vodka, gin and whisky
Yay! It's Christmas! Let's buy loads of stuff no one needs!
Whoever said 'all is calm' has never been to our house around Christmas. Some might say we're not very bright, either.
I only got you a card in case you got me one...
You can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I hope you like the present you told me to buy for you.
Merry Christmas messages to friends
This is your time to throw in a little inside joke between friends - don't miss the chance. Here are some of our favourite Christmassy messages for inspiration.
Looking forward to catching up in the New Year...in person.
I'm so grateful for a friend like you, at Christmas and all year.
I bet yule be drunk this Christmas!
I hope your Christmas is as wonderful as you are.
Your friendship and your love is the best Christmas gift that I've ever received.
This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone.
Festive family messages
Family Christmas cards are great for sending to the relatives you won't get a chance to see during the season - so let's get the message right and be a little... Santa-mental (we're sorry).
The best present one can hope for this year is to spend time together. I can't wait to celebrate Christmas with you.
What can be better than opening presents, eating food and singing Christmas music? Doing all those things with family like you.
Best wishes to you and your family this Christmas. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Christmas greetings: verses
For when you just don't have the words, let others fill the card for you. These are some great verses which are sure to be a hit.
Gin-gle bells, Gin-gle bells, Gin-gle all the way. Oh what fun it is to drink, On a festive holiday.
A most inspiring time of the year, Christmas always brings such good cheer. Love and happiness does abound, Let's keep Christmas all year round. - Catherine Pulisfer
I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men! –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Christmas love messages
Sending a card to the love of your life or a secret crush? We have the perfect messages to sign (seal and deliver) this Christmas.
I think you're fab-yule-lous!
Meet me under the mistletoe...
Your love is the best gift I could have asked for! Merry Christmas sweetheart!
I wouldn't want to spend Christmas with anyone else.
Our life together just keeps getting better. I'm so grateful that I can share my Christmas with you.
I'd eat brussel sprouts for you.
There's only one thing better than Christmas and that's Christmas with you.
Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip!
You're the partridge to my pear tree.
I love you from my head to my mistletoe.
If I only had one mince pie I'd give it to you.
Movie and music messages
All I want for Christmas is you!
All I want for Christmas is you!
Have yourself a merry little Christmas.
Merry Christmas, you filthy animal.
Santa! Oh My God Santa's coming... I know him!