Christmas letters tend to get a bad rap for being obnoxious brag-fests. While I do understand that they can quickly go that direction, I still love them. I look forward to sending and receiving lots of Christmas letters every year!
Have you ever wanted to send letters, but didn’t want to be one of those obnoxious people? Here are a fw tips for keeping your Christmas newsletter on the right track!
- Know WHY you are writing – Do you want to keep in touch with old friends/distant relatives? Wanting to share exciting news? Hoping for a letter in return? Just keeping with tradition? Define the reason for your letter in your mind before you start to write, this will help you stay focused and get your letter going in the direction that you envisioned!
- Be Honest – Honestly, some great things happen to every one each year. Don’t be afraid to share them, but be sure to keep it real too. If your 2 year old has started speaking full sentences, share that! But also include that even with his increased vocab, his favorite word is still “no” and he has also recently perfect the art of the temper tantrum.
- Be Realistic – Give your friends and family a realistic view of your lives. Not sugar-coated, not depressing, just real!
- Be Brief – Realize that anything longer than a page will probably not be read in full, so try to keep it to around 1 page. If you have more to say than that, consider a phone call to your family or starting a blog of your own!
- Include a Photo – A lot can change in a year, so try to include a family photo, even if it’s not something formal. If you are single, don’t be afraid to include a holiday photo or a shot from something fun you did during the year!
- Be Creative – Consider writing your letter in an out-of-the-box manner to make it fun and entertaining. Here are a few ideas to get you started!
- Be Personal – Even if you type up a letter to send out to all of your friends and family, be sure to include a personal, handwritten note in each letter as well. Just a sentence or two at the beginning or end of your typed letter, creates a personal touch that will make your letter that much more special!
Do you send out letters every year, or avoid them because you don’t want to be obnoxious? Will you send one this year?
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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Looking for more Christmas letter tips? check out this link for even MORE ideas, or click the image below to be taken to a post with tips for writing an entertaining letter!
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