Your first sentence is important, so make sure it’s
something that you would really say. Remember
that few of us speak like greeting cards. If you get
stuck, consider writing the first paragraph when
you’re done with the rest of your letter.
It’s OK to tell your family and friends about
achievements in the past year—just downplay
the bragging and try inserting some humor. My
son was recognized as an emerging leader in his
community, but I’d tag on that he still doesn’t
remember his mother’s birthday.
Instead of trying to catch everyone up on your
entire year, limit yourself to one or two occasions. Sometimes it’s necessary to share a
challenge that you’re facing, but try to keep your
Now that you’re done writing, edit your letter so
it fits on one page. Different fonts and colors are
fun when you’re designing your letter. However,
to make it easier to read, limit your document to
one or two fonts. You’ll be able to use different
sizes and weights of the fonts to add interest.
Now ask other family members to read it. Set the
letter aside for a couple of days, then go back
and read it again. You’ll probably want to make
some changes. Once it’s time to send the letter,
save a copy for yourself. You’ll enjoy reading past
letters for years to come!
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