It's that time again, Christmas! This means among other things the necessity to send Christmas greetings to family, friends and colleagues. It is at this point our handy list of Sparkling Christmas Card Messages and Quotes can be put to good use.

Are you struggling to find the right words or are you just not up to the appropriate levels of Christmas cheer as yet? Then pick and choose a few Christmas card messages, or quotes, from our list and be well armed to a) write those cards and b) pass on witty seasonal greetings in a flash. 'Tis the season to be jolly...

Christmas Quotes

"Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone."
Charles Schulz

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give"
Winston Churchill

"Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts"
Janice Maeditere

"This is the message of Christmas: we are never alone"
Taylor Caldwell

"Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas"
Dale Evans Rogers

"The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!"
Charles N. Barnard

"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas"
Peg Bracken

"Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall and the genial flame of charity in the heart"
Washington Irving

"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other"
Burton Hillis

"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen"

"I do like Christmas. In its clumsy way, it does approach peace and goodwill. But it is clumsier every year"
E.M. Forster

"The best Christmas trees come very close to exceeding nature"
Andy Rooney

"At Christmas, all roads lead home."
Marjorie Holmes

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."
Norman Vincent Peale

"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree."
Roy L. Smith

"Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves."
Eric Sevareid

"Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall."
Larry Wilde

"It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air."
W.T. Ellis

"When we recall Christmas past we usually find that the simplest things, not the great occasions, give off the greatest glow of happiness."
Bob Hope

"As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is."
Eric Sevareid

"Christmas is not an eternal event at all, but a piece of one's home that one carries in one's heart."
Freya Stark

"Christmas is the keeping-place for memories of our innocence."
Joan Mills

"Christmas is the day that holds all time together."
Alexander Smith

"Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends."
Alexander Smith

"Even as an adult I find it difficult to sleep on Christmas Eve. Yuletide excitement is as potent as caffeine, no matter your age."
Terri Guillemets

Funny Christmas Quotes

"The Christmas spirit is not in a drink."

"The one thing women don't want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband."
Joan Rivers

"A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together."
Garrison Keillor

"Get into the Christmas spirits. Whisky, vodka and gin."

"Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money."

"Merry Christmas, nearly everybody."
Ogden Nash

"Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year."
Victor Borge

"Be careful with drinking this Christmas. I got so drunk last night I found myself dancing in a cheesy bar. Or, as you like to call it, a delicatessen."
Sean Hughes

"What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day."
Phyllis Diller

"No matter how carefully you stored the lights last year, they will be snarled again this Christmas."
Robert Kirby

"Christmas is the season when you buy this year's gifts with next year's money."

"From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it."
Katharine Whitehorn

"Christmas is a time when you get homesick. Even when you're home."
Carol Nelson

"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!"
Hamilton Wright Mabie

"The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live"
George Carlin

"Three phrases that sum up Christmas are: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, and Batteries not Included"

Christmas Wishes

"A hug is the perfect Christmas gift, one size fits all and it's easily returned"

"Christmas is not a date, but a state of mind"

"Warm wishes from our house to yours"

"Happiness is a homespun Christmas!"

"For Christmas decorate yourself with a smile!"

"Christmas is a time when everyone wants his past forgotten and his present remembered."

"You're on our list for a Christmas wish."

"Christmas is love with all the trimmings."

"Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles"

Christmas Verses

"May the Christmas season // Fill your home with joy // Your heart with love // And your life with laughter."

"A Christmas gambol oft could cheer, The poor man's heart through half the year."
Walter Scott

"At Christmas play and make good cheer // For Christmas comes but once a year."
Thomas Tusser

"The gift of love // The gift of peace // The gift of happiness // May all these be yours at Christmas."

"Hope you'll be delighted with all Christmas has in store // And may you find the New Year brings all you're hoping for!"

"These wishes aren't original // But still they're most sincere // Have a really Merry Christmas // And a wonderful New Year!"

"It's just the perfect time to send a lot of love your way // And then to add some wishes for a Merry Christmas Day!"

"Christmas is a time for sending wishes warm and true // These wishes are for happiness at Christmas time for you."

"Heap on the wood! The wind is chill // But let it whistle as it will // We'll keep our Christmas merry still."
Walter Scott

"May the Blessings of Christmas // Be with you today and always."

"Remember // This December // That love weighs more than gold"
Josephine Daskam Bacon

"A Christmas candle is a lovely thing // It makes no noise at all // But softly gives itself away"
Eva Logue

"Christmas nuts and happy hearts // This is how the season starts"

If you were short on Christmas spirit we're confident after sifting through our quotes and verses your festive cup is over-flowing with tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy. Go forth and spread goodwill like the happy festive elf you wish you were... or, at the very least, not like a scrooge! Happy Holidays!

Hopefully one of the sentiments expressed above will be able to help you say just what you want when it comes to passing on your retirement wishes. Whether it is a friend, family member or colleague you're sure to give them the send-off they deserve with a special message perfect for the occasion. So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodnight...