I love receiving the witty letters that some of you write, as well as the charming photos on the cards of all of your families! How can you not be excited for the mail each day? Many of you have your own personal traditions when they sending out Christmas cards, but there are still some rules everyone should observe to make sure your holiday cards are full of perfectly articulated cheer.
Parodies General suggestions A picture of you with an eagle on your head is always a way to add visual interest to a Christmas letter. Me in Peru, One page in a point font, a page and a half or one page of legal-size if you use a point font for easy reading.
Most people are going to get 30 or 40 newsletters, and they have cookies to bake. Some of your audience uses bifocals.
Put a blank line between paragraphs. Use two columns, if you are comfortable with the column commands in your word processor.
Consider using a point font. Speaking of fonts, you can usually tell when someone gets a computer for the first time, because they use 18 different fonts. The pros use one font. Look at first-class magazines - National Geographic or Smithsonian, for instance.
The holidays are supposed to be happy. Concentrate on the good things that happened to you and your family. The year my grandparents died Example 02 I wrote about some fond memories we shared, not about the last stages of cancer. Try to avoid illness, infection and injury.
Keep it free of jargon related to specific careers. One year he took over writing the Christmas letter because he didn't feel I was being specific enough. He discussed afternoon drive, "cume" numbers, the AC format, and an unbelievable number of other references to the radio industry that only a fellow announcer would understand.
Don't try to get a whole year into a page.
Focus on a couple of high points. Vacations, for instance, unless you took a first class cruise around the world, which would be bragging.
You can slip the best game of golf you played all year in here and sort of brag a little. Don't use your letter as a catalog for a home-based business, even if Mary Kay Cosmetics, Amway or Septic Tank Plus has changed your life.
Identify people who aren't you and your spouse; "our son's partner Matilda" or "grandson Ralph". All right, you can brag once, but follow it with something that proves you don't think you're better than everyone else. Summarize your children for people who haven't heard from you since last year.
Mention their ages, sizes, grade in school and interests. If you write "John is a senior this year and set to graduate in June", the graduation announcements he sends in May won't come as quite such a shock to people who last saw him when he was Throw in a picture of the family, too; a picture is worth a thousand words.
What is the best book you've read all year? Some of the people you write to may share your interest in murder mysteries, armchair travelogues, or books to read to the kids. Speaking of reading, the easiest way to improve your own writing is to read good writers. There are lots of people writing short, light pieces in the US today.
I read Dave Berry even before I look at the funnies every Sunday morning. Make a trip to your library or used book store in October, spend a couple of evenings reading instead of watching TV, and swipe some ideas. Cute things the kids have said are always popular; it shows they are growing and it isn't bragging.
Write about your outside interests; your hobby, pastime, recreational activity. Don't write about taking first place in a tournament, however; write about something most people don't know about it but might find interesting.
The same for your job. If you live in an unusual place or have an unusual job, write about it. That is, unusual compared to most of your list.A Christmas Carol.
In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, commonly known as A Christmas Carol, is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall in and illustrated by John Leech. A Christmas Carol recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past.
Writing tip: If you’re sending the same card to everyone on your list, consider whether it feels right for the people or family you know who are facing a difficult time. If not, then you may wish to choose a different card for them—something with quieter language and design, with more focus on peace and hope, as opposed to “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas” wishes.
To create a Christmas list, you can tag each item with “Christmas ,” or now you can create a “stack” of links, which you can make public. You can title your stack however you’d like, as .
If you need to share your list in a read only fashion (e.g. you don't want people to edit it), click the "Read Only" link. A page is generated with your list on it, but all the editing features are disabled. If you also find letter writing a breeze, write a sample letter in the comments below, and between us there should be plenty of samples for others to choose from.
Dear . What you think Santa should give Mrs. Claus for Christmas; and anything else you want to say!) Santa Claus likes to spread the Christmas spirit by sharing some of the wonderful comments Mr. & Mrs.
Claus receive with others.