29 best Christmas messages for anyone you appreciate at work (& how to reply!)
The Christmas season is quickly approaching, and we all simply can’t wait for the celebrations to start. The Christmas spirit always binds everyone together and there’s no time more perfect to let your loved ones know how much they mean to you. And for workplaces, Christmas is also an ideal time for you to acknowledge and thank those individuals for supporting your organization. In the era of emails and text messages, giving out Christmas gifts and adding a personal touch with heartfelt Christmas messages are still in vogue.
If you’re at loss with what to say in a happy holiday greeting card, we’ve done the legwork for you and assembled a list of Christmas wishes that you can use to bring joy to your colleagues, employees, clients, boss, and everyone else on your A list at work.
In addition, if you’re on the receiving end and looking for a heartwarming Christmas thank-you message, we’ve also got you covered. Don’t forget to scroll down to the end for one final thing you need to take care of to ensure you can actually disconnect and recharge over your holiday break: setting your out-of-office Merry Christmas message email.
Light-hearted Christmas message for coworkers
There is indeed a greater likelihood of you spending time with your coworkers during the week than with your family. These individuals who work with you in teams, assist you, and share with you memories and stories, obviously play a crucial part in your everyday life. Depending on how close you are to your coworkers, you may want to keep your Christmas message lighthearted, casual and include some inside jokes. Check out these holiday messages for colleagues that will communicate how they mean to you.
"Knowing that you have my back at work keeps me going. Merry Christmas to you my dear."
"Having teammates like you make every workday a holiday, and let’s face it, more bearable. Festive greetings to my favorite coworker and friend."
"The workload always seems to be lighter when it is shared with you. Thank you for your help and companionship throughout the year. May your Christmas holiday be filled with warmth and love."
"The kind of energy you bring to the office is a blessing for all of us. Sending you all my warm wishes this Christmas, mate."
"Thank you for turning a busy place into a happy one. May your fun be large, and bills be small this year."
"The fact that we won’t be seeing each other throughout this Christmas means that I will not leave your side when we return to work. So Merry Christmas and enjoy your spare time when you can, buddy."
Grateful Christmas message for your employees or team members
Regardless of how busy and strenuous the fourth quarter might become with your business, it is crucial to recognize your team and employees for a job well done this year. When crafting a heartfelt company Christmas message to your staff, you should strive for a warm and thankful tone to show your sincere appreciation. Here are a few examples of holiday messages your employees will cherish.
"This Christmas reminds us of what a close-knit family we’ve formed while working as a team. We’re grateful to you for keeping us afloat and our business merry. Wishing you a blessed and joyous Christmas season!"
"Your dedication and commitment to the firm shine through in all that you do and we deeply appreciate your efforts. We wish you the happiest Christmas holiday and look forward to a prosperous New Year with you."
"Thank you and your team for making this Christmas the warmest holiday yet for our company. May your holiday season be filled with warmth and everlasting joy."
"To the best team/employee a CEO could have: Thank you for a great year! May you all reach your goals and dreams in 2023."
"What a great year it has been. However you may celebrate this festive season, we wish you a delightful holiday with family and friends, filled with peace and love. You have truly earned it this year."
Professional Christmas message for clients
It’s impossible to ignore the value of maintaining good relationships with clients and vendors, and the holiday season is the perfect time of the year to do it. Sharing your appreciation and best wishes with the individuals that keep you in business all year is a great way to build long-lasting relationships with them and create loyal customers for life. You can keep your Christmas message short, sincere and professional, and it’s strongly advised to add a relevant gift to remind your clients that their support is very much appreciated.
"As we look back upon the past year, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our success possible. Merry Christmas and may this coming year bring to you many new opportunities and possibilities."
"At this special time of year, we would like to express our sincerest appreciation for the trust you have placed in us. We look forward to working with you in the years to come."
"Thank you for all your support and partnership, which have given us the chance to do what we enjoy. We appreciate working with you and wish you all the best this Christmas and as you embark on the new year ahead."
"Making the dream work requires clients like you who believe in us. Here’s to a wonderful Christmas and a promising new year!"
"A big thank you for helping us reach new heights this year. We value our opportunity to serve you and look forward to doing so in the future. May your festive season be filled with peace, love, and joy."
"Working with you this past year has been an amazing venture. Best wishes for a merry Christmas and a new year of continued successful collaboration."
Sincere Christmas message for your boss
More than likely, your boss will top the list of people you want to send festive greetings to when Christmas comes. It seems pretty obvious that you would like to keep on good terms with the person responsible for writing your performance reviews and approving your vacation requests 😉. However, what you should say in a Christmas message to your boss seems to be less evident. If you want to express your gratitude and share the joy without coming off as manipulative, keep in mind that the tone and content of your Christmas message will vary depending on your relationship with your boss, though it’s usually safe to keep it sincere, upbeat, and professionally appropriate. Use the following inspiring messages as a starting point for writing your own Christmas card to your boss this year.
"Your leadership was truly inspiring and having you as a boss is a gift that keeps on giving. Wishing you and your family all the best this holiday season."
"We never have a dull moment when you’re around in the office. You’re a big help that makes things easier for all of us. Merry Christmas to a great boss and an even better friend."
"To the boss who keeps the office running like Santa’s Workshop, Merry Christmas, and wish you a joyful New Year!"
"Your hard work and dedication are an inspiration to us all, and you more than anybody else deserve a wonderful and stress-free Christmas. May the holiday spirit be with you this Christmas and last throughout the coming year."
"Christmas is the time of year to count our blessings, and I count myself blessed to have you as a boss. Wishing you a joyous Christmas and all the best in the year to come."
"Thank you for the positive vibe you’ve fostered in our workplace. May you have a spectacular Christmas!"
Here’s how to reply to a merry Christmas message differently
It is customary to reply “Merry Christmas” when someone wishes you a happy holiday, but there are different ways to express the sentiment rather than repeating what the other person said. The tone of your Christmas thank-you message might range from formal to casual, depending on your relationship with the card’s sender. Here are some sure-fire ways to craft a heartwarming Christmas thank-you message, which shows your gratitude and makes the other person feel important as well.
"You do have an innate ability to make people feel valued and loved. May you and your family have a blessed Christmas as well."
"Your kind words mean a whole lot to me. Thank you and I hope your holidays are full of good cheer."
"Your delightful Christmas wishes came at the right time and really made my day. Merry Christmas to you too."
"Your heart-touching wishes have added more magic to my Christmas. Happy holidays to you and yours!"
"Your words never fail to cheer me up, but next time try sending some real cash since it’s everything I ever wanted from Santa 😋 Merry Christmas, mate!"
"Your joyful wish has doubled up my merriment on Christmas and thank you for that. May you be given gifts that make you happy, rather than a fruit cake and tacky Christmas sweaters this year 😆"
Bonus: Creative out-of-office messages for the holidays
Have you finally powered your way through that endless to-do list at work, finished tying up loose ends, and are ready to turn off work mode? There’s only one thing left to do — setting up an out-of-office email reply.
Whether you’re looking for something straight-laced and formal or surprisingly creative and fun, here are some of the best out-of-office Christmas messages for you to steal.
The professional out-of-office message
Thank you for getting in touch. I’m currently out of the office for the holiday until [date].
I’ll reply to your message promptly when I’m back at my desk. If your message is time-sensitive, please contact [name] at [email].
All the best,
The friendly out-of-office message
Happy holidays, and thanks for your email. I’m out of the office for the holiday and while I won’t be quite as far as the North Pole, I will still be disconnected until [date].
You can expect a reply to your note once the festivities are over and I’m back in the office.
Thank you for your patience and hope you have a great holiday!
The hilarious out-of-office message
[Your name] is away from the office. In fact, she is currently curled up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate in her hand and a blanket over her lap watching a super cool Netflix show.
So, although I’m sure what you had to tell her was insightful, she’s not going to read it until [date].
If you require immediate attention, please contact [name] at [email].
Best wishes for a happy holiday season,
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