Personalize your Christmas cards by penning a short note inside them. You don't have to write a clever annual Christmas letter nor do you have to spend lots of money getting specially-printed card inserts. Instead, just take a few minutes to send your card recipients a sincere, hand-written note that expresses a meaningful sentiment. Share a memory, let them know what they mean to you or highlight the spiritual importance of the season. These personal words send the message that you're not just sending a generic greeting and crossing names off your list.
For family members and close friends, use your Christmas card note to recall a special holiday event or occasion you shared. Something as simple as "I still remember the great time we had when our families shared Christmas at the cabin" can bring back fond memories of enjoyable times for both the writer and the recipient. Include a copy of an old photo from the event. Let Aunt Susie know that you used her favorite Christmas cookie recipe for your recent holiday party and it was a huge hit. Or tell Grandma how much you think of her each year as you hang her handmade ornaments on the tree.
You Mean So Much
Christmas cards may be your once-a-year contact with some of the people on your list, particularly those who live far away. Write a short note in their cards reminding them of how much you cherish their friendship, even though you might not be able to get together often. Tell them you missed them at this year's neighborhood Christmas party. Thank a former teacher for the inspiration she provided to help you become the teacher you are now. Remind a foreign exchange student that you still think of her as part of your family and that her stay with you greatly enriched your family's life.
For people of faith, Christmas is one of the most important times of the year, and they often choose their greeting cards to highlight the season's religious significance. Share a meaningful Bible verse or the words to a favorite hymn. Wish the recipients the blessings, joy and hope that the season brings, or underscore the birth of Christ as "the reason for the season." Thank the recipients for their prayers and encouragement during a difficult period, and offer your continued prayers for them in the coming year.
Keeping holiday cards business-like does not mean you can't write a personal note inside them. Thank colleagues who contributed to shared projects for their efforts. Write wishes for continued prosperity in the coming year. If appropriate, indicate you're looking forward to expanded interactions or joint efforts with colleagues in another company. Use the occasion to congratulate someone on his new job or to thank a mentor for her help in landing your own new job. Mention a specific skill or business tactic she taught you that has helped you in your new position.
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