Seven Tips for Sparkling Christmas Letters

Christmas letters are such good ideas! Surely, your family and friends will love to read them. Be inspired with these great tips to get you started writing a fun, creative and passionate Christmas letters this year.

Start off on a positive note

It’s a trend you can count on! Start holiday letters with a cheerful bang, not a whimper about the passage of time. Try openers like, “One of the blessings of this time of year is the chance it gives me to connect with you, my friends and family.”

Shorter is sweeter

Even the most doting aunties can be daunted by a multi-page, single-spaced Christmas letter that drones on (and on and on) about the minutia of family doings. Keep Christmas letters short and sweet! Hit the year’s high points, and save the day-by-day description of your summer vacation for long lunches or personal phone calls.

Write in your own voice.

Too often, holiday letters show symptoms of “writer-itis”: big words, turgid sentences, piled-up adjectives. Friends and neighbors don’t want to hear from Edward Bulwer Lytton, they want to hear from you! Use your own voice, and write as you speak. You’ll bring a breath of fresh air–and a happy echo of your own personality–to your letter.

Keep your audience in mind

Like pantyhose, holiday letters aren’t “one size fits all”. Business associates won’t be interested by a chatty, family newsletter, while distant cousins don’t care about the ins and outs of workplace politics.

Before you start your holiday letters, picture the recipients in your mind and write in a way that will make sense to those who will receive them. Use a free printable Christmas card list to group recipients and organize cards and letters.

Resist the urge to embellish

It’s a holiday-time stereotype: the braggin’-braggin’ Christmas letter. While it’s only natural to put your best foot forward, keep your perspective as you write. Your true colors and real personality are a lot more interesting to your friends than a puffed-up presentation of the year’s events.

Be selective about photos

With the rise of digital photography, there’s been a corresponding inflation in holiday letter photos. Share photos selectively and sparely. One or two great shots that illustrate your text are much better than an over-the-top photo barrage.

Make it personal

A sparkling, informative holiday letter is underdressed if it doesn’t contain a personal touch. Add a short handwritten note to your holiday letters for a warm finish.

Alpha computer geeks among us may use word processing software to personalize each letter. However you achieve it, be sure that the recipient can feel your warm–and personal–regard.


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