I have to admit I love to hang holiday cards around our double patio door frame. There's something decidedly festive about the greens, reds, and glitter that adorn the cards. I also have to admit I hardly ever send cards myself. They're generally expensive, unless you find some at a Dollar Store. They get tossed after the holidays. They're impersonal. Still I like them. When it comes to my own holiday wishes for friends, however, I go for the newsletter.
Some years, I've printed the letters on festive paper, folded, sealed with an address label, and mailed. Other years, as more and more people get email, I've opted for an emailed letter with a family photo embedded in the post. Oftentimes, it's a combination of snail mail and email, depending upon the age of the recipient. Many of our older generation family members haven't a clue how to turn on a computer.
I'd like to think my newsletters are well received. I know I don't have the ability to weave a tale like one of our good friends does in his annual letter, which never fails to bring a smile to my face. Still, I hope I don't totally bore my readers. Here's a few tricks I've learned over the years:
- Keep the letter to one side of the paper.
- Include a recent family photo.
- Don't brag too much.
- Use correct grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure.
- Keep the tone lively.
- Be generic, unless you know all your readers have the same religious beliefs.
- Be sure to cover highlights of the year.