When you want to share your year with your friends and family, a holiday letter is a great option.

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which means that it is the perfect time to start thinking about sending out your annual holiday letters. In our previous blogs, the experts at Worcester Envelope talked about why you should send a holiday card and the dos and don’ts of writing holiday cards, so if you haven’t had a chance to read them yet, now is the time. Today, we’ll be going over exactly how a holiday card should be written:

#1. Start with a salutation.

Your salutation may not seem like it matters much, but it actually helps to set the tone for the entire letter. With a broad and varied audience, it can be tricky to figure out how to start your letter, but you could always go with the classic, “Dear Friends and Family.”

#2. Mention the time that has passed.

After you’ve determined what you want your salutation to be, it’s customary in holiday letters to make a statement about the time that has passed. Here are a few common ways you could go about doing this:

  • “Another year has come and gone…”
  • “I can’t believe that another year has passed…”
  • “The holidays are here once again, reminding us of the importance of our friends, family and loved ones…

While it may seem overly obvious and somewhat silly to talk about the time that has passed, these kinds of statements are common in holiday cards, but you could leave them out if you wish.

#3. Give a quick reminder of who everyone is.

The next step in the holiday-letter-writing process is to give a quick recap on all of the immediate family members you will be discussing. Be sure to mention every member of your immediate family, and you can also talk about your pets as well, especially if you don’t have kids. If you are a grandparent, you can mention your grandchildren.

#4. Your family’s achievements.

The next portion of your holiday letter should be about your achievements, such as buying a house, having a child or getting a new job or a promotion. When you do this, try not to be overly boastful about it, and if you don’t have achievements to list, talk about your kids’ achievements or skip it altogether if you don’t have kids.

#5. Recap the year.

After you’ve touched on your achievements for the year, you should give a recap of the year as a whole. Don’t go into too much detail; just go over the highlights. Here, you can mention things, like vacations you went on or unique events you were a part of. You can also talk about losses or unfortunate events as well, but again, keep them brief and don’t use your holiday letter to vent about all of your problems.

#6. Express your holiday wishes.

The entire point of sending a holiday card is to spread holiday cheer, and you can’t do that if you don’t express your holiday wishes! You don’t have to spend a lot of time or energy on writing your holiday message. Keep it sweet and simple by saying something like, “We sincerely hope that you and yours have a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year.”

#7. Sign off.

It’s tempting to end your holiday letter with a “sincerely” but many people feel that this sign off is a bit too impersonal for a holiday letter. Instead say something like, “best wishes” or “with love and holiday cheer,” to end your holiday letter.

Once you’ve finished your holiday letter, don’t forget to include a photo of you and your family! Order the Worcester envelopes you need for your holiday letters online with us today.