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Merry Christmas!
Frohe Weihnachten!

Christmas cards: Big business!

Christmas cards are big business in many countries around the world. In Britain, an average of 55 cards per person are sent.

It is not common to write Christmas letters to business partners, but as we have seen, cards are immensely popular. Cards are displayed with pride. Both at home and at work people compete to have the most cards on show, so, as can be imagined, there is not time to write very much on each card.

What to write?

Business Christmas cards are often printed specially for the firm concerned with the company's name, address and logo together with a greeting, ranging from:

  • Season's Greetings

or:

  • Compliments of the Season

to a much longer text.

Followed simply by your signature, it will always be appreciated.

Most companies, however, have to send out so many cards that even a brief personal message is not always possible. Cards are often laid out in rows for all members of a department or for all those who have contact with the recipient to sign, and each person moves along the rows signing the cards as they go. If you are alone in signing a card, it is more likely that you might spend a minute writing a simple close, such as the traditional:

  • Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

But remember that words that omit the word Christmas may be a safer bet for foreign business partners, especially if you are not sure of their beliefs, for example:

  • Best wishes for the New Year!
  • Enjoy the holiday season!
  • Have a prosperous 2013!

Religious motifs are generally avoided both in the text and the artwork for just this reason. It is also usually the case that humorous cards are not acceptable as business Christmas cards, unless of course you are in the comedy business!

Examples of greetings in Christmas Cards:

  • To Tom and all at HRT
    Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for 2013.
    Many thanks for your support throughout 2012!
    Happy Holidays from Sue
  • To all our friends in the Franchise Department
    There is no better time to say Thank you for your business and to wish you a prosperous New Year!
    Best wishes from all at Bubbles & Co
    Sandra & Emily
  • Dear Charles
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
    Best wishes to you and your family for a healthy and successful 2013!
    from Jean (Telecomms Inc)

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