What Should Someone Write in a Hanukkah Card?

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Hanukkah is a great time to spread holiday greetings and well wishes to friends and loved ones. Hanukkah messages can be traditional or informal, fun or serious, short and sweet, or long and heartfelt. Here are some helpful tips to consider when crafting a Hanukkah greeting, as well as some sample phrases for inspiration.

Hanukkah Greetings
Begin a Hanukkah message with a statement of good wishes for the holiday. A traditional Hanukkah greeting is “Hanukkah Sameach!” This means “Happy Hanukkah” in Hebrew. Other Hanukkah greetings in Hebrew include “Chag Sameach!” which means “Happy Holiday,” and “Chag Urim Sameach” which means “Happy Holiday of Lights.” Here are a few additional general Hanukkah greetings for inspiration:

  • Thinking of you as you celebrate Hanukkah this year.
  • Warmest wishes to you and yours this Hanukkah!
  • Wishing you light and laughter as you gather together.
  • Wishing you a peaceful and happy Hanukkah.
  • All the best in the coming year.

Make it Personal
Don’t be afraid to personalize Hanukkah messages. Did the recipient of the card undergo any major life changes in the past year? If they moved, got married, got a job, or had a child, feel free to congratulate them on the happy news. If they experienced a loss, or if one of their loved ones experienced hardship, it is also appropriate to express condolences or sympathy in a Hanukkah card.

Consider the Context
When composing a Hanukkah message, take your relationship with the recipient into account. A longer more personal message may be appropriate for an immediate family member or close friend, while a shorter, slightly more formal message is likely to be more appropriate for an acquaintance, co-worker, or extended family member.

Close Warmly
At the end of the card, be sure to include a warm sign off, followed by a signature. Some examples of sign offs for Hanukkah cards include:

  • Best wishes
  • Brightest blessings
  • Warm regards
  • Lots of love
  • In peace
  • With love
  • God bless