Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Procrastinator's Guide to Holiday Greetings

Is it just me or are the Christmas cards coming out later this year?  Christmas seems to have snuck up on us, the number of Christmas cards received lower than the same time last year.  We're down to the wire, folks, and if you haven't sent out your holiday greetings yet, despair not! There is still time!

Bottom line -  Just like any other type of writing, consider your audience. (Please.) Instead of writing about what you ought to share - which invariably amounts to a chronological litany of every member of your household written in a "cheerful", yet fine-print type font squeezed into a single-spaced, two-sided sheet of paper trimmed with holly and berries or snowmen and snowflakes - consider what your audience (i.e. family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc.) really wants to hear. Besides, we're down to the wire, remember?

Here are some tips any savvy procrastinator can appreciate:

  • Stick with the highlights -What is the single greatest thing you did or that happened to you in the past year? Were there any births, graduations? A new job, retirement, travel? Try to write only one sentence per family member. If you're the sneaky run-on sentence type, then 25 words or less.
  • Photos - I personally never tire of seeing how the kiddies have grown, and you don't have to write anything!  In past years, I have used the local photo shop and typed one line of text across the bottom of the photo. I use pics of places we've been to in that year. 
  • Go paperless - These days an emailed holiday greeting is not tacky, it's appreciated! Send your Christmas wishes on December 25th and instead of being a procrastinator, you'll be right on time.
  • Um...Happy New Year?! - You know how you look through the mail for something other than bills and advertisements?  We love to get fun mail any time of year! Send your "Christmas" card at any season; we're just happy to hear from you!
  • Don't sweat it - Your friends and family are still going to love you if you don't send a Christmas card.  You can always make a New Year's resolution to do it next year!

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 17, 2012

I can learn to like hockey

All you hockey fans out there will cringe when I say this, but despite living in the "original Hockey Town, USA," I am just not that much of a fan. I know, it's like someone living in Hershey and not liking chocolate. Or living in Orlando and not giving a rip about Disney.

I have turned down hockey writing assignments, preferring to "LinkIn' and cue up other, far more knowledgeable writers than me.  What I do love, though, is the team spirit and cheering for the hometown. So when the local Chamber of Commerce wanted to submit an article to a hockey magazine on the newly, renovated hockey arena, I thought, I am all over that.

And, admittedly, what a fun experience it was.  I really do adore this little town and the new arena really is very exciting. And where else can you call up a professional player's mom to do a quick fact check? Exactly.

I like it more already.