Holiday letters… most people either love ’em or hate ’em! I happen to be one who LOVES them.
As long as they include:
1. “Real” stuff
Don’t just write about your perfect little family & your upwardly mobile careers — I wanna feel your pain, share your joys, and wonder about the future right along with you. Just be real, OK?
2. Things I didn’t already know
This is the time to spill a few family secrets — give us some insight on what REALLY makes your family tick.
There’s nothing better than for the author — someone who’s typically too busy to stop & smell the roses — to use the holiday letter as a form of long-overdue therapy… an outlet for seeing the fun and funny things behind the all the little messes and tragedies. Have fun with it!
4. Pages and pages… and more pages
Ideally, there will be so much going on in YOUR life that I’m interested in hearing about that I won’t have time to fret over all that’s NOT going right in mine. That is the payoff of a good holiday letter, is it not?… living vicariously through others.
Toss a family photo or two into the mix before you send it out. Or, scan/photocopy one into the actual letter itself — black & white reproductions aren’t so bad. People are very visual creatures.
Why I Like Receiving Holiday Letters
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Now that I’ve probably scared off anyone who was potentially thinking of sending out a holiday letter this year from sending one (…and I’m certain not to GET any holiday letters this year!), all I really meant to say is this:
—> Just have FUN with it, and try to make it as fun for you to write as it is for us to read.
…and to all a good night!
P.S. I hope I get some holiday letters this year.
- Send an e-mail to Santa …and get an e-mail reply back!
- Buy “Personalized” Postage Stamps …they’re official U.S. Postage and they’re fun!
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