The holiday season is nearly upon us, which means it’s time to start sorting out your Christmas cards. In addition to curating your recipient list, finding the perfect style of card, and narrowing down what kind of envelope to use, you also need to decide what to write inside the card. For many people, the best way to convey the holiday spirit is to find inspiration in the Christian story of Christmas.
Bible verses in your holiday cards can convey the perfect well wishes to your loved ones. That being said, it is key to consider the recipient, and whether including a Bible verse is appropriate. For example, Bible verses can be wonderful for friends and family you know well. However, including Bible verses in more formal, less personal cards to coworkers and acquaintances may not be as appreciated, especially if you don’t know which religion, if any, they practice. In these cases, it may be more considerate to use a more generic holiday message.
Here are a few inspiring Bible verses you can easily add to your holiday cards.
When it comes to Christmas verses in the Bible, most are found in the New Testament, which is the part of the book that covers the Christmas story: the birth of Jesus. In particular, the gospels of Luke and Matthew go into great detail about the traditional story. However, the Old Testament also includes some verses that refer to the birth of Jesus.
- “And there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them.” —Luke 2:8-9
- “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel.” —Matthew 1:23
- “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” —Isaiah 9:6
- “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” —Isaiah 7:14
- “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.’” —Luke 2:10
If you just want to include a short line in your card and fill the rest with a personalized message, you may want to consider some of these shorter Christmas verses.
- “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” —Matthew 2:10
- “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” —Luke 2:11
- “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men.” —Luke 2:14
- “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” —2 Corinthians 9:15
- “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” —Matthew 5:9
- “Let your light shine before others.” —Matthew 5:16
Are you sending cards to children? If so, you need to choose a meaningful verse that’s easy for young recipients to read. The following verses are perfect for children whose parents celebrate Christmas, but who are still learning the religious story behind the holiday.
- “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” —John 3:16
- “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” —Matthew 1:21
- “The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.” —John 1:4
- “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” —Romans 6:23
If you’re not connecting with any of the above Christmas verses, don’t worry; there are many other inspiring passages to fit your well wishes. The following quotes are reminders to love one another and be kind, which is just the message to send this season.
- “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” —John 1:29
- “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” —Mark 12:30
- “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” —Romans 15:13
- “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” —Psalm 55:22
- “The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” —Psalms 29:11
- “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” —1 Corinthians 13:13
Once you’ve chosen the perfect Bible verse, it’s easy to incorporate it into your cards. In most cases, Bible verses are the main block of text on the interior, meaning they may be in a large or bold font. Then, beneath this, you can sign your name and an optional personal message.
If you’re designing your own card, you may even want to put the Bible verse on the front of the card, as this makes it even more noticeable. Pair it with a picture of your family or an icon of the nativity for the full effect.
As the saying goes, Jesus is the reason for the season, and including Bible verses in your holiday cards is a good way to share your joy with your loved ones. With this list of ideas for holiday cards, you should have no problem finding the verse that speaks to you.