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!

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