I still have vivid memories of the annual holiday letter writing–which occurred late one evening, sometime between Thanksgiving and December 1–when my mom sat down at the typewriter for a few hours, attempting to condense our family’s entire year into a single, double-sided page. It was always fun, reflecting on the year, but the letters were basically the same, year after year. Dull summaries were probably never read by most of the recipients.
These days, no one has hours to pour into a boring letter, and few people enjoy reading long accounts of your summer vacation. Opt for a shorter, more creative twist on the traditional holiday letter with one of these ideas.
Three Ideas for How to Write Holiday Letter
Acrostic Surname Letter
This is a fun way to keep your letter sweet and to the point. Just write your family’s surname on the page and use each letter to start the sentence. If your name is fairly short, you might want to include “family” as well.
January started off with us moving to Tennessee where we spent eight months renting before buying a home.
Our annual family reunion was a blast, with a grand total of 38 people spending a week in sunny Florida.
Nine dozen eggs, so far, from our new adventure in raising chickens.
Every week the kids’ school has an evening of enrichment activities, allowing parents a weekly date night.
Snow is finally on the ground and the kids are having a blast playing in it.
Year In Review Newsletter
Get creative and make your own newsletter highlighting the main points of your year, or use a template like the one at Stone Gable. Use text boxes and photos to update people on new family members, noteworthy events, kids’ milestones and the like.
The Year–By the Numbers
Yes, it involves a bit of math, but the people on your card list will enjoy this unique way of filling them in on your year. You can get creative and use photos or artwork to illustrate your holiday letter so that it’s not just a jumble of text.
38- the number of names we considered for Morgan Elizabeth
19- the number of hours Sara was in labor
3- the number of baby showers we were blessed with
14- the number of boxes of diapers we’ve gone through so far
Tips to Remember:
Limit it to one, double-sided page.
List a few great events and achievements; skip the bragging.
Incorporate a photo of your kids; formal in their holiday best or just hanging out in sweaters and leggings, it doesn’t matter.
How do you write your letter for holiday? Give us your best tips in the comments.