Christmas letters will go out this week.  If I was on top of things, they would have gone out last week – my gifts would be wrapped and under the tree, cookies would be baked, and I would be set to coast for the rest of the month.  But alas, Martha Stewart I am not.  So here I sit – hot cocoa in one hand, keyboard under the other.   

As I sit pondering what to pen, I can’t help but think how “they” would tell you a Christmas letter should be relegated to one page of relevant information.  Sounds about as exciting as a bland cover letter – no wonder Christmas letters get a bad rap.   

Here’s the thing:  I have a friend whose yearly letter is always longer than a page – and I can’t wait to read it!   Each year is different – one year a story, another multiple choice.  She’s warm, she’s witty, and she keeps you entertained.    Her letters are perfect examples of what Christmas letters should be:

v  Personal

v  Entertaining

People would love to hear from you – they just don’t want to be bored to tears.  So this year, don’t think of it as a chore with a word limit.  Tell a story – tell one memorable moment from the year.  If you’re a person of few words, consider a photo essay – simply print off a page with various pictures from the year.  Basically, have fun writing your Christmas letter; chances are if you do so, your friends will have fun reading it as well. 


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