November 27, 2012

How To Organize Your Holiday Letter

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – time to write the holiday letter!  Here are a couple of tips to make it easier:

  • Scroll through your facebook timeline (I know, you hate timeline) to see what was important to you throughout the past year
  • If you keep a paper calendar, go through it month by month for important events
  • Focus your letter on one big event from the last year – a special wedding anniversary, college graduation, new pet, your medal from the London Olympics, or the kitchen remodel
  • If you have children, ask each child what was important to them last year.  Their answers may surprise you
  • Don’t forget the pictures!  Use facebook again to find interesting photos – don’t worry, no one will remember seeing them before and if they do, they will enjoy them just as much the second time
  • But the best idea is to start the letter NOW for 2013.  Save it to your desktop and add items as they happen during the year.  Keep a separate folder for photos labelled “Holiday Letter Photos 2013.” Next November, all you’ll need to do is edit!

 

Next: Managing the mailing list

 

Happy Holidays!

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