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Seven “Happy Holidays” Alternatives

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“Happy holidays” is a common expression to wish someone well during the holiday season. If you want to diversify your vocabulary and messages, try these seven alternatives.

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“Happy holidays” is an inclusive phrase.
“Happy Holidays” Alternatives

  • Happy holidays is a common and inclusive expression people use during the holiday season. If you’re seeking alternatives, try:
      I hope you have a delightful holiday season with friends and family.
      Wishing you a joyous holiday season.
      Season’s greetings!


Happy Holidays

The holiday season means chilly weather, hot chocolate, and warm wishes. If you’re the type to send out cards, you may be wondering what message you should write in them.

Merry Christmas is a go-to classic, yes, but not everyone celebrates Christmas. Happy holidays is safe to use too, but quite lackadaisical. If you’re looking for other ways to say happy holidays, we can help.

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There are a few other alternatives you can use in place of “happy holidays.”

Seven Other Ways To Say “Happy Holidays”

1. Enjoy the holiday season.

This alternative is like happy holidays in the sense that it’s a bit unimaginative. However, there’s no issue with using it, especially if you’re writing it to someone you aren’t too close to.

2. Season’s greetings!

This alternative is a common expression used to send well-wishes to friends, family, colleagues, and whomever else is at the receiving end of your holiday cards.

Bonus Tip

Keep in mind that season’s greetings is spelled with a possessive apostrophe, not seasons greetings.

LanguageTool is a multilingual spelling and grammar checker that can correct this mistake and many others to ensure you write an error-free holiday card.

3. I hope you have a delightful holiday with friends and family.

This option is perfect if you want to write a holiday card that carries a bit of a personal touch. It’s formal, yet not as formulaic as happy holidays.

4. Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah!

Movie buffs may know where this alternative comes from. It’s an expression that was made famous by Adam Sandler’s movie “Eight Crazy Nights.” You may have noticed that it’s a combination of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. This alternative is friendly and casual and one that should be used with close friends and family.

5. Warm wishes to you this holiday season.

Warm wishes is like saying best wishes. Although it can connote a friendly and loving tone, it’s safe to use in formal settings.

6. Wishing you a joyous holiday season.

Like the option above, this alternative to happy holidays is direct and formal, so you can use it if you’re writing a card to your boss or colleagues. You can change “joyous” to adjectives like beautiful, warm, happy, peaceful, or any other that encapsulates the holiday season.

7. [Get specific]

If you’re writing a holiday card to someone you know on a personal level, and you’re certain about which holiday they celebrate, you can get specific. For example:

Merry Christmas!
Happy Hanukkah!
Happy Kwanzaa!
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“Hanukkah” and “Chanukah” are both acceptable spellings. 

LanguageTool Wishes You a Joyous Holiday Season

Writing holiday cards isn't too different from writing other types of letters—just use the appropriate tone and word choice, and be direct. And if you’re seeking the gift of correct spelling and proper grammar, LanguageTool has you covered. Try it today.


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