To continue on the Holiday Planning series, I have included another free printable: Holiday Cards.
Use this printable to keep track of all your friends and family members you will be sending your cards and letters out to.
Always start off the letter in a positive note. Most often people tend to start off these letters with something like, "I can't believe how fast this year went by!" Time does go by fast, and most of us want to savor our lives and the reminder of how quickly it passes us by isn't the happiest of openings in a holiday letter. Some alternatives for starting out your letter are, "We are so thankful for all our friends and family that have shared in our memories over this last year!" or "What an amazing journey these past twelve months has been for our family!"
If you have children, consider allowing them to write a paragraph about their year. You may want to brag about her making the honor roll, but she may be more excited to share about winning that one volley ball tournament. Even if they are too young to write the words down themselves, you can transcribe what the little ones want to say. Don't worry about editing their stories, it will be from the heart and family will think it's adorable you have included them in the letter composing.
A great alternative to a traditional letter is an infographic holiday card or letter. This is a great way to keep it simple and interesting for your readers. Here is an example I have found from minted.com:
What are your plans for holiday cards this year?