It’s not secret, I LOVE writing and receiving Christmas letters. Something about condensing an entire year into one creatively informative letter is just wonderful to me. I always have fun writing ours each year, and really enjoy reading the letters that we receive as well.
I admit, it is a challenge to write a good Christmas letter, here are some key things to keep in mind when writing.
1. Do it! – That may sound silly, but it’s true! Don’t worry about your letter being the best ever, just write it how you would want to read it and send it out! Reconnect with friends and family this year!
2. Share successes without bragging – Example. This year I “bragged” about my son being able to identify most of the letters of the alphabet by sight and also tell you what sound each letter makes. I immediately followed up my bragging with something like this – “his other talents include: throwing screaming tantrums in public, getting into everything he shouldn’t and making messes”. This way I’m able to honestly communicate something I’m proud of my son for accomplishing this year, while also showing that I’m not trying to say he’s perfect or way better than any other child.
3. Write in enough details to make the letter interesting and fun to read, but not so many that the letter ends up being about just one event. Example: This year, it was really tempting to include baby girl’s birth story. It was a really funny story (read it here), but writing it out would take up too much of our letter, so I kept that part to 3 sentences in order to include more details about other things.
4. Write a bit about your children’s personality – A lot of our family is out of state so each year I try to include a short paragraph about each child’s personality. Not just their likes/dislikes but the type of (little) people they are becoming. I think it is fun to share and (hopefully) fun to read about the kids in that way.
5. Hand write a short personal note on each letter – This is something I didn’t end up doing last year, but I’m going to try my best to do it this year! Adding that little personal touch to let every one know you are thinking of them individually this year, and not just as part of a “to send” list. I think it makes the letters extra special.
6. Write in an unexpected way – Instead of writing a monologue of the past year, do it in a creative manner, write a “top 10 list” from the year or write the letter from the perspective of your young child or an imaginary grouchy neighbor. The sky’s the limit! I spend a long time each year contemplating how to write our letter, but doing them in a creative way always makes the writing (and reading!) more fun! I wrote an entire post sharing different ideas to use, if you need help brainstorming be sure it check it out!
7. – Don’t forget to include a photo! – I make photo cards every year using either shutterfly.com or snapfish.com and mail the newsletter & card together. But even if you don’t make cards, consider printing a 4×6 of your family or kids to include in the letter so that people can see how much they’ve grown. The photo is the best part of the whole thing! (Check out this post for some awesome tips to help you take a great family photo, even with feisty kids!)
8. Keep it to 1 page – The ideal length is 1 page, not too bulky to mail, and honestly, most people won’t have time to read any more than that. Mine typically end up being 1 page front and part of the back too ;)
9. Make it easily skim-able – 1 large “paragraph” of text is not easy to read or skim. Break the letter up a little using photos or different headings to make it easy to read (/skim). A lot of people “speed read” Christmas letters, skipping over what they know, and then take the time to focus on parts they want to hear more about make this easy by using proper paragraphs in your letter.
10. Send a photo – Lastly, add that personal touch by sending a family photo or Christmas card along with your letter. Our favorite place to get them is from one of our affiliates, Minted.com! They always have gorgeous, high quality Christmas cards and they’ll even address the envelopes for you. It makes everything so much easier!
This year, you can text your photo to Minted.com and they will send you back 5 holiday card options that suit your photo. Life just go so much easier. Check it out here!
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