Christmas Messages For Dad

With Santa’s trademark, “Ho, Ho, Ho,” even Father Christmas has proven to be a man of few words — so it’s no wonder you might need some tips on what to write in a Christmas card to Dad this holiday season! Choosing the perfect Christmas message takes thought, creativity, and probably more spare time than you have right now…so you’ve come to the right workshop for help.

Whether your dad is a jolly soul…a silent knight…or somewhere in between — a simple yet sincere note is the best way to hit your message home for the holidays. Even if your relationship is more frosty than festive, you can still come up with some warm wishes to share the spirit of the season.

So let’s get started making Dad’s Christmas bright…and yours a little easier.


  • You’ve always been cooler than Santa. Thanks for being a great dad!
  • Here’s to a Christmas as merry and bright as the Griswold’s house!
  • Not having to assemble my toys anymore is a gift in itself, right? Relax & enjoy!
  • I may often roll my eyes at your jokes, Dad, but you “sleigh” me. Love ya for that!
  • Eat, drink, nap and be merry!


  • Happy Holidays to the hardest working guy I know.
  • Thinking of you with gratitude and love.
  • Christmas “Cheers!” to you, Dad…
  • Won’t get sappy, but hope your holidays are happy!
  • ‘Tis the season to be grateful. Thanks for everything, Dad.


  • Thanks for being a great dad, a good guy, and an awesome role model.
  • Work hard, play harder! Enjoy a well-deserved break this holiday, Dad.
  • Christmas is about family. Thanks for all you do for ours, Dad!
  • Happy Holidays to the hardest working guy I know.
  • A great dad like you is the best gift I could ask for.


  • Love you more than Santa!
  • Let the late Christmas Eves and early Christmas mornings begin!
  • There’s nothing under the tree better than an awesome daddy.
  • You jingle-bell-rock at the Dad thing!
  • Fa-la-la-la-love you, Daddy


  • You’ve always been an awesome dad, and now you’re super Grandpa!
  • Now that I’m a parent myself, I appreciate you more than ever.
  • Turns out Santa’s job is harder than I thought. Thanks for all those great Christmases, Dad!
  • Ho-ho-holy snowballs! Being a parent is hard work! Thanks for everything, Dad.
  • Amazing Dad. Awesome Grandpa. You’re a great gift to us all!


  • We’re together in spirit. Cheers to you, Dad!
  • Wish I had Santa’s sleigh, so we’d all be together today. (And because a flying sleigh would be awesome!) Miss you.
  • Thinking of you across the miles and so grateful you’re in my life.
  • It’s tough being apart, but we’re still close at heart.
  • I’ll be thinking of you as we [insert favorite tradition here] and sending you lots of love.

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One of the many great things about dads is that they’re pretty easy-going when it comes to stuff like this. So whatever you write in his card will bring him holiday cheer. Just keep it simple, speak from the heart, and be yourself…and yule do great!


Wendy Bomers has been a greeting card writer since the age of ten. Okay, maybe not professionally until her mid-twenties. But way back when kids were planning to be vets and teachers and firemen, Wendy wanted to write cards when she grew up and "make people happy every day.” Now Wendy feels incredibly lucky to be doing just that -- helping American Greetings create happiness, laughter, and love every day…for over twenty years and counting!


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