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As the Christmas decorations appear everywhere, we know it’s that magical time of the year again – Christmas! In French we call it ‘Noël’.

In France, Noël is also a time for heartfelt connections, expressed beautifully through the tradition of sending Christmas cards (or emails).

Ready to dive into crafting the perfect Christmas card in French? Here are a few examples to share your festive wishes with loved ones, colleagues, and neighbours.


French Christmas Card to a Family Member:

Picture a serene Christmas Eve in France, where families gather around a lovingly prepared ‘bûche de Noël’ (Christmas log cake), sharing stories and laughter. Your card to a family member should encapsulate this kind of warmth and closeness with some personal touches.

I personally live in Australia and my family is all in France so here’s an example of a Christmas card to my mum.

Chère Maman,

En cette période festive, je pense fort à toi. Que la magie de Noël t’apporte joie et sérénité tout au long de l’année à venir. Joyeux Noël et une merveilleuse nouvelle année!

En espérant te revoir bientôt !

Avec tout mon amour,

[votre nom]


Dear Mum,

During this festive season, I am thinking of you a lot. May the magic of Christmas bring you joy and serenity throughout the coming year. Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Hoping to see you again soon!

With all my love,

[Your Name]


French Christmas Card to a Colleague

In a work setting, we often overlook the power of a kind word. A card to a colleague reflects appreciation and season’s greetings but obviously without overstepping the formal boundaries.
A little gratitude goes a long way!

Cher [Nom du Collègue],

Joyeux Noël ! Merci pour tout ton travail et ton soutien cette année. 

Que les fêtes de fin d’année t’apportent du repos et du bonheur. 

Meilleurs vœux pour la nouvelle année qui approche.


[Votre Nom]


Dear [Colleague’s Name],

Merry Christmas! Thank you for all your hard work and support this year. 

May the holiday season bring you rest and happiness. 

Best wishes for the upcoming New Year.


[Your Name]


French Christmas Card to a Neighbour

Your neighbours are the unsung heroes of your daily life, aren’t they? From collecting your mail when you’re away to that friendly bonjour in the morning.
A Christmas card is a lovely way to strengthen these community bonds. Imagine the smiles such a card would bring

Chers Voisins,

Joyeux Noël à vous et à toute votre famille ! 

Que cette saison de fêtes vous apporte paix, joie et bonheur. Au plaisir de vous revoir en bonne santé dans l’année à venir.


[Votre Nom]


Dear Neighbours,

Merry Christmas to you and all your family! 

May this holiday season bring you peace, joy, and happiness. 

Looking forward to seeing you healthy in the coming year.

Kind regards,

[Your Name]


End of Year Card in French for Someone Who Doesn’t Celebrate Christmas

It’s important to include a thoughtful message for those who may not celebrate Christmas. It is a wonderful opportunity to express warm wishes and hopes for the future, I think!
Here’s an example:

Cher [Nom],

Alors que l’année touche à sa fin, je tiens à te souhaiter des moments de paix, de joie et de bonheur. 

Que ces jours te trouvent en bonne santé et entouré de ceux qui te sont chers.

Meilleurs vœux pour une année nouvelle remplie de promesses et de réussites.


[Votre Nom]


Dear [Name],

As the year draws to a close, I wish you moments of peace, joy, and happiness. 

May these days find you in good health and surrounded by loved ones. 

Best wishes for a New Year filled with promise and success.

Kind regards,

[Your Name]

It’s a gesture that shows respect and appreciation for the person, celebrating the coming of the New Year and the fresh opportunities it brings.


To practice your French understanding, listen to this video about ‘Les traditions de Noël en France‘  



I hope this blog post gives you some inspiration for your Christmas cards in French.

Just remember that writing Christmas cards in French is not just about perfect grammar or fancy vocabulary; it’s about sharing your heartfelt wishes and thoughts. Each card is a reflection of your thoughtfulness and affection.

So, grab your pens, and let’s spread some Christmas magic à la française during this festive season.


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