- Published on Wednesday, 04 January 2012 11:43
- Written by Donna Mazzitelli
The holiday season is the perfect time to reach out and connect with family and friends near and far. For many of us, it’s a great opportunity to hone our writing skills and create an annual letter that lets everyone know what’s transpired during the past twelve months. Since December is usually such a busy month, the month of January can be the ideal time to reach out and touch those we don’t often see as well as send wishes for a happy and bright new year.
So, what makes a good holiday family letter enjoyable to read? And what helps a “ho-hum” letter become a great one? Primarily, a letter that’s approximately a page in length, mixed with details that reconnect others to your family, makes for the most meaningful and entertaining “read.” Whether you’ve never sent a letter before or want to re-energize your regular annual greeting, here are some elements to consider as you sit down to write:
First, create a warm, welcoming and festive family letter. Your letter is meant to invite people into your lives for a few brief moments. In order to be well-received, it should include highlights of your year without appearing overly boastful or dramatically downtrodden. The best letters are those that describe what has taken place in a clear and concise manner while letting people see you in an authentic, heartfelt way.
Second, allow your letter to reflect the individuality of your family members. A “family” letter can include quotes or a short paragraph from each family member along with photos that reflect the personality and spirit of each person.Comments (1553)