christmas letter templateIf the idea of writing a family Christmas letter sounds fun, but you’re intimidated by the process, don’t be! Annual letters are a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, and are wonderful keepsakes you can save and enjoy years from now. Here are three quick tips to help you get over the initial hurdle.

1. Record what you want to say.
If the idea of writing intimidates you, try talking instead. Grab a digital voice recorder and pretend that you’re talking to a friend you haven’t seen in the past year. But you’re waiting at a stoplight so you need to be succinct. In two minutes, tell him or her about the highlights of your year. Record your two-minute “conversation” and then play it back. Use that as the basis for your letter. It will help your “voice” come through in your writing. When you’ve made your edits on paper, read it out loud again to see if it still “sounds like you.”

2. Make it colorful.
They say a picture is worth a thousands words, and it’s quite true. People LOVE looking at images. Scan a few photos into your computer and incorporate them into your letter. This is easy to do with word processing software like Microsoft Word, or you can buy a digital Christmas letter template like the one shown here to help you create a colorful newsletter.

3. Add a personal note.
No matter how fun and informative your Christmas letter is, people still enjoy having a person touch. So get your letters done in plenty of time to add a quick one- or two-line note to the bottom of each one. It will let your readers know you care.

Finally, just remember that you’re not painting the Sistine chapel or writing the next great novel. You don’t need to impress your friends and family. Just have fun, and they will, too!

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