Sending holiday letters is a great way to keep in touch with your friends and family, but there are dos and don’ts to writing them.

A holiday letter is the perfect opportunity to explain everything that has been going on with you and your family over the past year to the people you love, and if you’ve never sent a holiday letter before, now is the perfect time to start. If you haven’t already, check out our previous post to learn about the many reasons to send out a holiday card this year. But deciding to write a holiday letter is just the first step, and now that you’ve made the decision, you have to actually write it, and there are some things that you should be sure to include and some things that are best to leave out.

What should you avoid putting in a holiday letter?

If you’ve had a particularly bad year, you may be tempted to use your holiday letter as an excuse to vent, but you should try to avoid this as much as possible. Even if you’re complaining about a coworker or an ex-spouse who won’t be receiving a holiday letter, you may be surprised at how fast news travels, and you don’t want your holiday letter to be a source of drama.

It’s also best to keep health information out of your holiday letters as much as possible. If there is a major announcement that you need to make, your holiday letter isn’t exactly the best place to make that announcement. However, if there is some sort of health news that had an impact on your year, you could mention it in your recap of the year, just be careful when you do.

What should you include in your holiday letters?

Your holiday letter shouldn’t be a novel, and with that in mind, you’ll want to keep it fairly simple. Give some information about each member of your family, but try to avoid sounding braggy or boastful. For example, instead of saying that your son was the best player on his soccer team this year, say something like, “Jimmy played soccer this year, and he has very much enjoyed being a part of the team and learning the game.”

It’s also a good idea to go over the highlights of the previous year. When you’re writing about the highlights, it may help to pretend like you are telling your loved one the story over coffee at your favorite cafe. Your letter doesn’t have to be overly formal, and if you write it as if you were telling a friend an anecdote, it may help to take some of the pressure off of you.

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