How to Write a Christmas Newsletter

A Christmas newsletter is a lovely thing. A time to think back over the year and remember the good parts and the things you accomplished. If you have a family there is that much more to tell. Singles can write newsletters too. The best people to send a newsletter to are those older relatives who would like to hear from the family more often.

The formatting of the newsletter:

  • Mail it, don’t email it. It’s so rare to get something personal in the mail. Bills addressed to you don’t count!
  • Pick a coloured paper and envelope if you like but keep them fairly plain, easily readable.
  • Pick a font and font size which are also easy to read. Use a fancier font in the header, not in the text.
  • Come up with a name/ title  for your newsletter.
  • Keep copies of the newsletter each year, like an annual family history in print.
  • Add photos before you make copies to send out.  Write a little blurb to go along with each photo.
  • Add papercrafts, clip art, drawings or create some other kind of art that will be able to get mailed out.
  • Keep it short, a one page newsletter is easier to read and easier (less expensive) to mail out.

What to write about if you get stuck:

  • If you have a family get each one to write a paragraph about how their year has gone. Their hobbies, interests, special events or something they are looking forward to for next year.
  • Think about the year in seasons. What were you doing in the Winter, Spring, Summer and the Fall this past year?
  • Skim through your planner if you keep one jot down notes about what was happening that would be noteworthy for the newsletter.
  • Though Christmas is an upbeat time you may include a memorial to family members or close friends. It is nice to remember, even if it is just a short addition after all your other news.

Other notes:

  • Don’t spill any secrets, don’t be bitter or negative about others and try to focus on the high points in your family life over the past year.
  • Keep a conversational tone. You are writing to family and friends after all.
  • Of course, don’t send it to people you don’t want to read it.
  • When you’re done, edit it, read it out loud to see how it sounds. Then give it a proofread through, catch any typos spellcheck missed.
  • Add a hand written note to your newsletter to personalize it for each person you send it to. Or, those you especially want to give some extra Christmas cheer to.
  • Don’t forget to add Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings or whatever works best for you.
  • If you feel like doing an extra special touch try some mail art on the envelope itself.

3 thoughts on “How to Write a Christmas Newsletter”

  1. I hate Christmas newsletters because they are not about keeping you informed so as as they are about gloating how wonderful their life has been and too bad they don’t have time to include you in it.

    I always write personal letters and notes. I always figure people deserve to be treated as though I actually cared enough to take some personal time out for them.

    [Now, I just have to find 20 or more blogs talkign about writing Christmas newsletters and copy this comment verbatim.]

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