Who doesn't like receiving a cheerful holiday card this time of year. We enthusiastically open it to read the cheerful greeting--included may be a short personal note promising to keep in touch next year.
But, what happens to that giddy feeling when you sift through the pile of mail and behold the thick envelope addressed by you-know-who? It's the annual holiday update letter.
The holiday letter can be a great way to let those who care, get a glimpse of what you've been up to.
Make sure that your holiday letter is one they look forward to receiving. Here are a few timely tips to consider:
Tip #1: Send it only to people who want to know.
Tip #2: If they've never met your child(ren), they probably won't be interested in reading about the "Soccer Participation" ribbon they received.
Tip #3: List only 2-3 highlights for each family member.
Tip #4: Make it brief; one page, two max.
Tip #5: Do not include: financial woes, kitchen remodel horror stories...keep it uplifting. It's supposed to be a "greeting", not true confessions.
Tip #6: Avoid garnishing ordinary tasks or accomplishments.
Tip #7: Do not include people you see on a regular basis; they've heard it.
Tip #8: Include the letter in a card, signed by you.
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Etiquette approach: Use discretion when writing a family update. Not all details need to be disclosed. Be aware of a boastful tone. If you know that someone has been out of work for several months, going on and on about your bonus, vacations, new car, and your growing 401K, may not be wise or kind. Be sure to wish them a happy, healthy, and prosperous year.
Rosalinda Randall is an Etiquette Consultant. She has been spreading civility throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Her contact information is: http://www.yourrelationshipedge.com/