The holidays are the time to reconnect and get back in touch with friends and family. While phone calls, cards, letters, and emails are all good ways to wish others well, some people prefer to send out a holiday newsletter, a catch-all to get farther-flung friends and family up-to-date. An Emily Post Institute survey showed that people have mixed feelings about these newsletters: 53% like them and 47% do not. It’s a good bet that the 47% receive obnoxious brag sheets every holiday season. Here’s how to get it right:
Top Tips for Drafting Your Newsletter
Pride or Bragging?
It’s okay to be proud of your family member’s accomplishments, but focus on the big picture, not the nitty gritty. Here what to say—or not—when writing your holiday letter:
- Scott was accepted at LSU. Not… Scott scored 1600 on his SATs.
- Melissa loves competing on her horse, Star. Not… Melissa got blue ribbons at 16 out of 17 horse shows.
- Buddy was promoted to senior vice president. Not… Buddy got a 20K raise and a company BMW.