I often struggle with writing our holiday family newsletter. Each year we get one that is in iambic pentameter and is multi-generational filled with news about grandchildren, extended family, the family pet and so on. Believe me, it is a chore to wade through, but I know it is sent with love from good friends.
I think these letters can be great if you stick to relevant news about your immediate family. They should be upbeat; but if there has been bad news (death, divorce, severe illness or other tragedies), your good friends will want to know this also. I firmly believe that these newsletters should only be sent to people who know your family well – family and close friends. When writing your letter remember that your 7 year old son’s winning pass for his pee wee football team and your 4 year old daughter’s dance recital are special moments to you and your husband, but may not be of great interest to the recipients of your holiday greeting. One of my favorite annual letters is filled with very few words and lots of fun pictures.
Please remember to include a warm greeting and closing to your letter. Tell your friends how special they are in your life and how often you think of them. A few key words to remember when you begin drafting the 2011 family newsletter are: brevity, humility, relevance & warmth.
Have a wonderful holiday season and happy writing.