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Holiday Greeting Card & Letter Writing Tips

a cup of coffee next to some holiday stationary

Sending greeting cards for the holidays is a time-honored tradition, and today Nantucket Gate Blog has some tips to do it upright. So head over to the Tacoma, WA  post office to get some holiday-themed stamps, pull out your greeting cards, and get started! 

Greeting Cards 

It’s always a delight to bring in the mail and find a greeting card from friends or a family member. It brings a piece home upfront and center. In today’s post, we have some tips for getting your cards in the mail more easily this year. 

— Keep all of your supplies — stamps, cards, envelopes, and pens — together in one place so when you have a few minutes to devote to cards, you will have what you need close at hand. 

 — Send greeting cards so they will arrive mid-December. 

— Check your address list and update it before you begin. Use your return address so cards can be returned to you if they are undeliverable, and so you can know which addresses you later need to update.

— Add a legible, personal note to your card, but be brief. It should fit above or beneath the printed verse. (If it’s going to be longer, consider enclosing an annual newsletter.) 

— Use a high-quality pen to sign cards. It will make the task easier if you aren’t fighting the ink flow. 

Annual Holiday Newsletter 

We have a few ideas about writing annual holiday newsletters:

  • Keep them to one page, two pages max if you must have more room. 

  • Break them up so that they don’t consist of one massive paragraph. Use pictures, quotes, or clip art to achieve this. 

  • Stick to hitting the highlights of the year; you don’t have room for everything. 

  • As you are writing, consider your audience and write to them. 

  • Writing how you speak is a good rule of thumb when it comes to annual letters. 

 

It’s okay to share accomplishments in a newsletter, but keep them low-key and take care so they don’t come across as bragging. Take this opening paragraph, for example. It’s engaging and humorous, the reader is left wanting to know more about the ducks as well as the family — and you know it isn’t going to be a litany of one-upmanship.

Where is the creativity fairy when you need one? The Christmas songs are blaring, the Christmas tree is twinkling, there’s even frost on the windows, but for the life of me, I can’t get this annual Christmas letter started. But you know, once I do, I won’t be able to stop, and I’ll be trying to figure out how to cram the entire year’s activities into one letter. So, maybe we will just skip the laundry list of what wonderful things our darling children have done and talk about some cold hard facts, like what we are going to do with eight ducks. Yes, that’s right, eight ducks. I’m not sure what was going on this spring when we decided to embrace the country life and raise farm animals.

Now that’s a good start for an annual newsletter. We want to know about the ducks, right? A brief update about each family member is fine. For each person you will be writing about, collect their top five accomplishments, experiences, or challenges for the year and use that information (you don’t need to use all five!) when you are crafting your newsletter. 

Whether you send cards, a newsletter, or pick up the phone and call friends and family with holiday greetings, kudos to you for taking the time to connect. Thanks for reading today’s blog post, and we want to wish everyone in our apartment community happy holidays!