In my quest for a slower and more meaningful December spent with friends and family, I plan on completing 30 Days of tasks to get ready for Christmas before Thanksgiving...and I invite you to join me.
Day 17: Write Your Christmas Letter
I know there are people who hate the generic Christmas letters, and they would much rather write personalized messages to each of their Christmas cards. If that's you...you can skip this day (although you should probably get starting handwriting your notes!).
As for me, I know that if I tried to handwrite in everyone's cards, I'd end up doing about 5 of them and then quit in frustration. Plus, I personally love to read the newsy generic letters about friends and family that I don't get to see much anymore. I think it's fun to see photos of their kids and read about how they're doing.
However, Christmas letters and the last minute don't really work for me. I remember last year I waited so long to write our letter that I didn't end up mailing out my Christmas cards until the week of Christmas even though my cards were purchased and sitting in my house since before Thanksgiving. I almost skipped the letter entirely, but thought I should share the news we were moving so I finally got it done. So, write your letter now.
In the past, I've printed our letters on normal 8.5x11 copy paper and added my own photos throughout the newsletter. And other years, I've used fun Christmas paper and sized the text to fit within the image. It's your letter, so you can do what you want with it. It really doesn't need to be fancy!
Our Christmas Letter:
I plan on writing our Christmas letter this weekend, and I'm thinking I'm going to add photos throughout the newsletter again this year. In the past, I've looked into the cost of having a service print the color copies for me and mailing them to me rather than paying to print photo-rich copies on my printer, but I never had time in the past, since I was usually last minute.
This will be the year to get it done!
What about you? Do you write generic newsy letters or do you prefer personalized, handwritten notes?