Need help writing your holiday letter this year?

Holiday letters are a wonderful tradition that gives you a chance to catch your friends and family up on your life, but it’s not always easy to figure out exactly how to write one. In previous blogs, our experts have gone over the steps to writing holiday letters, as well as how to avoid common grammatical errors in your holiday letters, but today, we’ll be giving you a few tips for making your holiday letter stand out. So, without further ado, here are our top tips for writing holiday letters:

#1. Keep things positive.

Your holiday letter is not an excuse to complain about everything that has gone wrong in your life over the past year, and frankly, no one wants to read a holiday letter that is a big downer. While it’s okay to touch on the downsides of life, you shouldn’t spend a lot of time focusing on them.

#2. Don’t write a novel.

Holiday letters are meant to be short and sweet, not long and drawn out, so don’t overwhelm your audience with a two to three page holiday letter. Instead, keep it brief and pleasant by just touching on the highlights of your year instead of going into too much detail. Besides, if you send an overly long holiday letter, the chance of anyone actually reading it will decrease dramatically.

#3. Think about your audience.

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all holiday letter, so if you are considering sending your holiday greetings to a varied group of people, you may want to consider writing more than one. For instance, your business associates probably won’t be interested in a chatty letter about your family, and your family won’t be at all interested in what’s going on at work.

#4. Don’t be boastful.

One step of writing a holiday letter involves going over your family’s achievements over the last year, but if you aren’t careful, many people can interpret this as bragging about your accomplishments. Be very careful when writing this part of the holiday letter, and if you can’t list your accomplishments without being boastful, you may be better off just leaving the achievements out of your holiday letter.

#5. Use your own voice.

Thanks to thesauruses, many people try to fill up their holiday letters with big words and endless adjectives, but it’s important to resist the urge to try to write like a scholar or a novelist. Instead, write your holiday letter in your own voice! Your friends and family don’t want to hear from John Steinbeck this holiday season; they want to hear from you!

#6. Edit, edit and then edit again.

Don’t be one of those people who sends a holiday letter that is riddled with grammatical and spelling errors! Always edit your holiday letter before you send it out, and just to be safe, have someone else edit it for you as well!

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