How to write your holiday newsletter
A holiday newsletter is about sharing a little bit of your life with those you love. Here are a few do’s, don’ts and tips to help you craft your letter.
DON’T FEEL OBLIGATED TO WRITE FULL SENTENCES
DO FEEL FREE TO USE PHRASES AND WORDS THAT CAPTURE YOUR YEAR
Sometimes you know what you want to say, but you just don’t know how to say it. It’s ok to write in phrases. You just want to give a quick recap of your year –not write a novel.
Things we loved about 2011
Angela’s new job
Sammy’s school play
Lots of picnics and weekend getaways
Our trip to Hawaii
Matt, our 2-year old bundle of joy (and energy)
DON’T MAKE IT JUST ABOUT THE GOOD STUFF
DO BE REAL
You’re sending this to friends and loved ones, so be honest. Don’t be pretentious. This isn’t about a brag-fest. You can share the ups and downs of your year because that’s what real life is all about.
2011 was a challenging year for our family. Nevertheless, we’ve managed to focus on what matters most: spending time with friends and family. What we’ve learned this year is that you don’t need much to be happy. We feel blessed to have you in our lives.
DO KEEP IT SHORT
DON’T RAMBLE ON
You don’t have to list every vacation or soccer game. Keep it simple. Something short and sweet (and funny) will be even more appreciated than a long list of events. So just feature the big moments.
Mark got a promotion! Woohoo! He is really enjoying his new job at Oracle and a shorter commute.
Lisa is at Woodside Elementary. This is her second year teaching 4th grade and she loves it.
Christine just started high school at Troy. She’s active in their dance competitions.
Andrew is in the 6th grade and continues to play on the tennis team. The kid keeps busy!
DO HAVE FUN!
Holiday letter writing isn’t just for your friends and family. It’s also a time for you to reflect and savor memories from the year. Light a candle, put on some music, pour yourself a cup of tea and let the words flow.
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