Christmas speeches are often expected as part of workplace celebrations or they may be included in a family get together on Christmas day.
And, yes, it can be really hard work pulling a good one together.
Use the Christmas Speeches template below to focus your thoughts, and then to create your speech outline.
You'll also find a bunch of Christmas themed quotations when you scroll further down. They're there, if you want them, to slot in where ever you wish to support your chosen theme.
Preparing your speech is a 7 step-by-step process and your effort will be appreciated.
Get yourself a sheet of paper, a pen and start.
Is it family, friends, work colleagues, club members ...?
What do they want or expect to hear? What would delight them? Is it stories about the events of the year shared by everybody, the company triumphs or challenges...?
Does the occasion suit light-hearted humor or is solemn more appropriate?
Knowing exactly who the audience is will help you choose the tone and content of the speech.
Are you aiming to inspire people?
Do you wish to unite them?
Perhaps you want to thank them?
Maybe you want them to laugh and relax.
And perhaps what you want to achieve is a combination of all those suggestions.
Being clear about why you making the speech will guide your choice of theme, tone and content.
What's certain is you're not deliberately setting out to bore them by rambling on and on, then on some more. That's why you are here!
The venue or setting can change how you deliver it. If it's an intimate family setting around the dinner table you won't need either a lectern on a raised stage or a microphone but in a hall in order to be seen and heard they might be absolutely necessary.
A theme is a thread to hang your speech on. It unites it. To keep your speech simple choose one.
It's easier to begin with the body or middle of your speech because this is where you express your main points or ideas of your chosen theme. You will add the conclusion and beginning later.
Choose 3 main points fitting your audience, purpose and theme. Start with the most important first. For each point you make give one or two examples to illustrate it. When you give your speech you'll link the points with transitions or bridges to get smoothly from one idea to the next.
(If you need more explanation of transitions you'll find it here on this page: how to write a speech.)
The pattern or template you're using looks like this:
The ending of you speech should leave your audience full of hope - looking forward to coming events, united, and with a sense of gratitude.
To finish well, reinforce your theme, summarize your main points and end with strong statement or maybe a quotation from those below that will resonate on in the minds of your audience.
The beginning of your speech:
Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.
Mary Ellen Chase
If there is no joyous way to give a festive gift, give love away.
Heap on the wood! The wind is chill; But let it whistle as it will, We'll keep our Christmas merry still.
Sir Walter Scott
I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the word seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.
Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.
Christmas Day is a day of joy and charity. May God make you very rich in both.
Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.
The way you spend Christmas is far more important than how much.
Henry David Thoreau
The means to gain happiness is to throw out from oneself, like a spider, in all directions an adhesive web of love, and to catch in it all that comes.
It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you...yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.
He who has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree.
Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'.
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
someone reaches out
to touch another life with love
From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it.
Christmas is forced upon a reluctant and disgusted nation by the shopkeepers and the press; on its own merits it would wither and shrivel in the fiery breath of universal hatred.
George Bernard Shaw
I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph.
Christmas at my house is always at least six or seven times more pleasant than anywhere else. We start drinking early. And while everyone else is seeing only one Santa Claus, we'll be seeing six or seven.
W. C. Fields
Christmas is a time when everybody wants his past forgotten and his present remembered. What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.
I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys
Go well writing and delivering your Christmas Speeches!
May they inspire and give joy.