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Getting a Christmas letter out can seem like an impossible undertaking when you’ve got gifts to buy, parties to attend, and cookies to bake… especially when overtime you sit down to write it, you feel overwhelmed with the difficultly of condensing all your news into a few short and entertaining paragraphs. But make this year is your year, these tips will help your get the letter written in no time!
1. Don’t Procrastinate:
It can seem like a big task to sum up all the joy and fun your have over the year as a family but don’t let the fear of writing the perfect letter prevent you from getting it done. Done is better than perfect.
2. Keep it short and concise:
Your friends and family want to hear about you and your family but nobody wants to read a lengthy letter with every tiny detail of your family summer road trip. Pick a few highlights of the year and talk briefly about them. What was the best part of the family camping trip? How do you feel about your youngest heading off to Kindergarten? What makes you excited about your new job?
3. Speak in your own voice:
Your loved ones don’t want to read a robot version of your families news. Don’t be afraid to inject your personality into your message. If you are unsure, try reading your letter aloud to yourself or spouse.
4. Always include a family photo:
A picture really is worth a thousand words. Great Grandma loves reading your news but she also really wants to see how much the children have grown and changed over the year. It doesn’t have to be a professional photo either; I usually just use a snapshot from some of our travels that year.
5. Handwrite a personal note:
While not essential, (I’ve never done this but I think it is a great idea!) writing a short personal note is a great way of sending a little love.
6. Include your sappy ending:
This is Christmas after all, a time for plenty of warm fuzzy feelings and reflection on the many blessings we enjoy. Share your love and Christmas wishes with your loved ones as you close your Christmas letter for a warm and heartfelt finish that they will cherish.
Do you write a letter to friends and family every Christmas? How do you make the writing of it simple and heartfelt?