I really love Christmas letters! It is one of my favorite traditions for the Christmas season. Today, I decided to share a few ideas with you about different ways to write one to make it fun and exciting! I try to do something different with our letters each year so it’s not just a typical report of our year. Here are a few of my favorite ideas.
1. Write from your infant or toddler’s perspective – It is so fun to write in the “voice” of a child. I did this for our Christmas letter in 2011 and it was a HUGE hit. You can read that letter here to get ideas on writing your own letter!
2. Write from the perspective of an imaginary grouchy neighbor – This is great if you really did have a lot of fabulous things happen in the year, that there is seemingly no way to share about them without sounding like you are bragging. Example Hello there! Bob Benson here, I live next door to the Smiths. They were so busy helping little johnny prepare his acceptance speech for the nobel peace prize that he won that they didn’t have time to write a proper Christmas letter this year, so I thought I’d take it upon myself to write one for them. They may want you to think that they’ve got it all together, what with Sally graduating as valedictorian of her High school this year and all, but take my word for it it’s not all pretty! They really shouldn’t let that little lady drive if ya ask me. She drives WAY too fast down our street. Can you believe she actually gets up to 30 mph in our neighborhood. Just despicable! etc. etc.
3. Top 10 list – This is a great route if you don’t enjoy writing, or don’t have time to write a detailed account. Just cover 10 exciting things from the year and you are done!
4. Our year in numbers – This is the idea that I’m going with for our letter this year, and it was really fun to write! You can read the entire letter here. It was really fun coming up with a numerical representation for everything, and several times I put a small paragraph in italics underneath a number sentence, to give some more details about the topic. Fun to write, and is a good way to break up the letter if a lot of very different things happened in the year.
These are just a few ideas for a creative Christmas letter! Have you tried any of them? Is there a special way you write your letters? Or do you skip Christmas letters all together? I’d love to hear your traditions!!!!
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!
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