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How to Write Holiday Greetings in English

December 17, 2019

“It’s not about presents but it is about your presence. Therein lies the spirit of the holiday season.”

—Julieanne O’Connor

It’s that time of year again! People around the world are celebrating a variety of holidays, including Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and even Festivus. At this time, you might be thinking about writing holiday greetings to friends or coworkers. But as an English learner, finding the right words for a holiday card or an email can be a challenge. In this post, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite greetings and some useful tips to help you add a personal touch to your holiday messages.

Holiday Greetings

For Friends or Family

Here are some ideas for messages to friends or loved ones:

  • “So thankful to have a friend like you at Christmas and all year long.”
  • “Happy Chanukah! Wishing you love and joy during the Festival of Lights.”
  • “Happy holidays to you and your loved ones!”
  • “Knowing people like you makes this wonderful time of year even more meaningful.”
  • “Our family is so lucky to have you in our lives. Hope you have a fabulous holiday season!”
  • “Hoping you have a lovely holiday season filled with moments you’ll always remember.”
  • “May the magic and the wonder of the holiday season stay with you throughout the coming year.”

For Colleagues or Clients

Here is a list of greetings you could use for your coworkers or customers:

  • “Hoping that 2020 brings you many wonderful opportunities!”
  • “Wishing you a joyful holiday season and a successful new year!”
  • “Best wishes for a new year filled with joy and spectacular success.”
  • “Doing business with you is a pleasure! Hope you have a lovely Christmas.”
  • “We truly appreciate your business and wish you the best in the coming year.”
  • “Thanks for a great year, and we wish you all the best as you embark on 2020.”
  • “Thank you for being a part of the [company name] family. Hope you have a joyous holiday and new year!”

Some Useful Tips

  • Consider adding an adjective. Even if your message is short, you can make it more personable by choosing an adjective that expresses your friend’s taste or style. For example, if your friend is a lover of food, you could say, “Wishing you a delicious holiday season!”
  • Remember to be sensitive to people’s beliefs. People might be celebrating a variety of holidays during this season. So, if you’re not certain if a colleague or acquaintance celebrates Christmas, choose a neutral greeting such as “Happy Holidays.” You can also ask if they have a holiday preference.
  • Keep it brief. This is especially true when writing to clients or coworkers. Try to avoid adding personal details, and keep the message short and professional.
  • Choose an appropriate closing. Ending your message with “Love,” or “With love,” should be kept for friends and family. For colleagues and clients, “Best wishes,” or  “Warm regards,” might be a better alternative.

Do you have any ideas you’d like to add to this list? Share them with us in the comments. Thanks for reading, and happy holidays!

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Comments (4)

Elizabeth J.(Teacher)

Here are some ideas my students have been using to celebrate the festival of "Eid-al-Fitr.
"Happy Eid", "Eid Mubarak" and at the beginning of the month, "Ramadan Kareem".

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Tanya Trusler(Author)

Thanks for sharing that with us, Elizabeth!

Yara S.(Teacher)

We were working with your lesson "Ramadan." Then we talked about the common grettings for the ocassion. A student explained the difference between Kareem and Mubarak while we were writing greetings for the ocassion. We also used the examples and made them multiporpuse. Thanks for the examples above.

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Tara Benwell(Author)

We love hearing about students contributing to our lessons! Many students have helped make improvements to our holiday and historic event content over the years.

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