This time of year is all about spending time with loved ones and being thankful for what we have. But the holidays can also be difficult for a number of folks. Those in the military are often halfway across the world when their children are opening presents on Christmas morning. Rather than spreading holiday cheer with family and friends, these same soldiers are putting their lives on the line for our freedom. Maybe you’ve been thinking lately about what you could do. Sure, there are plenty of donation websites that do an amazing job. But what if you want to do something that adds more of a personal touch? A small care package with a handwritten letter does just the trick. Here are some tips for writing a letter to a soldier:

  1. Keep things light – It’s probably not a good idea to go off on a tangent about your political beliefs here. Pretend you were meeting this soldier for the first time and only had a few minutes to talk. You could almost treat the letter as if it were a conversation.
  2. Share (some) things about yourself – Feel free to touch on hobbies and interests that you may have. With that in mind, you don’t need to spend five paragraphs talking about a recent movie you saw or who you think is going to win the Super Bowl.
  3. Write about your life but keep it positive –  Did you recently get engaged or receive a promotion at work? Feel free to share that in what you write! Don’t forget that your letter should be happy to read. Just steer clear of talking about any obstacles you may be facing.
  4. Thank them for their service – Even if you just wrote “Thank you for your service” and left it at that, the soldier would really appreciate it. Unfortunately, the effort of our military tends to go unnoticed. Don’t forget to make it clear that you value his or her sacrifice.
  5. Mention any connections you may have in the military – Many of us know someone personally who is in the military. Go ahead and mention that as well if you’re stumped.
  6. Stay away from political or polarizing topics – The U.S. has been struck by countless tragedies of late. However, the last thing you should do is tell the soldier what’s happening in the news. As difficult as it may be, keep opinions on touchy subject matter to yourself. Again, remember the letter is meant to lift their spirits.
  7. Let them know you support them – There are times when soldiers feel completely alone, especially if they have a significant other and/or children back home. Even just a simple, “You have my support” can go a long way.
  8. Write from the heart – Some people mistakenly think that the best letters have to be long. That’s not the case at all! Before getting started, figure out what made you want to write to a soldier in the first place. This will help you write from the heart.
  9. Show your personality – It’s ok to throw in a joke or two. Even if it’s corny, the soldier will appreciate the humor. However you choose to express your personality in writing, be sure that the language is appropriate.
  10. Include questions for conversation – Would you like the soldier to write back? Then, at some point in the letter, include questions for conversation. Stick with ones that are lighthearted and easy to answer.

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