It’s that most wonderful time of the year again. The time when you and your team sit in front of a carton of blank Christmas cards ready to spread a bit of Christmas cheer with your clients, suppliers or employees.
However, writer’s block is particularly pernicious at Christmas time. You sit down with positive dreams of allowing your creative copywriting juices free reign and then end up repeatedly just scribbling your name like a demented pre-schooler.
You aimed for high prose and ended up with graffiti.
If you want your Christmas card and your business to be memorable, take the time to personalise your message with a little sprinkle of copywriting creativity stardust.
What to write in office Christmas cards
Here are a few easy ways to get your creativity started, and to create a card that will be read and treasured, and not just tossed into the pile of generic also-rans.
The people who you are sending cards to have either helped pay your mortgage or supplied you with products or services that were key in helping you to run your business. A little thank you and acknowledgement of their role in your success this year never goes astray!
Christmas is the perfect time to make people smile and celebrate happy memories.
Share a memory or story of your shared experience this year – something funny that happened or something that you did together.
Did they laugh at your miserable Movember attempt? Did you have a shared joke about the cake you baked that was flatter than a lizard drinking? Did they have a significant happy life event like a new baby that adds new meaning to this time of year?
If you are writing a card to your employee, take the time to mention an achievement of theirs or a moment that stood out for you in a positive way about them. Use the card to recognise and thank your employee for their hard work this past year.
Not all things that happen in a year are positive and upbeat. If the person you are writing to has been through some tough times such as the death of a loved one or ill health, then it is OK to acknowledge it and mention how much you admire their courage or persistence this past year.
- You have had more than your fair share of challenges this year. Wishing you a New Year that is filled with happier days.
- Our thoughts are with you this Christmas. Be gentle on yourself.
Business Christmas Cards are not the place for long drawn out newsletters. However, a one or two sentence update about positive changes in your workplace or a recent success doesn’t go astray.
If you will be working with the business in the New Year, share with them how much you are looking forward to working with them again and any projects that you will be working on together.
When all else fails, find your favourite business quote or inspirational saying, and share that. You can add in a sentence explaining why this quote is relevant to your business or the recipient’s business to make it more personal.
Other Ideas for Things to Write in Office Christmas Cards
If you are looking for a quote or saying to borrow, here are a few ideas.
- Christmas is a time of laughter, sharing, giving and receiving. May you experience all of them!
- Although we are in the middle of summer, may you be snowed under with joy, peace and love this Christmas
- Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. Calvin Coolidge
- I wish we could put some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. Harlan Miller
- May you have the gift of satisfaction from a great year and hope for an even better one.
- Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. Norman Vincent Peale
- “‘Maybe Christmas’, he thought, ‘doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas … perhaps … means a little bit more!'” Dr Seuss
The sign off
Christmas cards are not the place to use stuffy office sign-offs. “Yours Sincerely” and “Yours Faithfully” should be sent directly to the office archives, never again to be released on unsuspecting people.
Try something more personal.
- With best wishes for a happy Christmas and prosperous New Year
- Wishing you all the best of the season
- Wishing you happiness and joy this season
- Hoping you have a safe, merry & joyful Christmas
- Wishing you a prosperous and enjoyable Christmas and New Year
- Season’s Greetings from all the team at (your company). Thank you for being part of our success this year!
- Wishing you every joy and success this Christmas and in the New Year
- Merry Christmas! May next year be your best on record
- Merry Christmas. May every happiness be yours throughout the coming year
- Hoping you and your team have a wonderful celebration and enjoy some well-earned down time at Christmas.
- Our best wishes of peace, love and happiness for you and your team
As someone who writes for a living, the best tip I can give you is to get into the right frame of mind before you put pen to paper.
Put on your favourite Christmas songs – the ones you loved as a child or the ones that make you feel the magic of the season. Only once you have felt that first touch of Christmas in your heart, pick up the pen.
Writing office Christmas cards doesn’t have to be a chore. Make it a moment to connect and celebrate with people who have been important to your business in the past year and take your time with each card. At Christmas, it genuinely is the thought that counts!