The Newsy Holiday Letter

Don't let your "holiday letter" be the one people dread.

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.

For more of my timely holiday tips, go to:


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/

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JTB December 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM
What a sad state our society is in. Not too long ago I was at the San Mateo City Park with my wife. We went over to the bathrooms near the children's play area and as I was getting a drink of water from the fountain, a small child tapped me on the leg and asked me for some help so that they could get a drink. I can honestly say I never felt so uncomfortable in my entire life. I couldn't even imagine touching the child let alone lifting them up. I just pictured in my mind the helicopters swooping down on me as the mounted police and K9 patrol surrounded me. What have we become? Really...
Austin Choi December 14, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Hi Chris, In your first scenario, as a parent, I'd be more concerned than upset and would want to know what was discussed, whether the door was wide open or not, especially if my child was elementary school aged. For the locker room scenario, in general, there is no reason for a male adult to enter a girl's room just to talk to a female child, and/or female adult to enter a boy's for the same purpose. In both cases, I wouldn't panic, scream and dial 911. (btw, are we getting off-topic as this article was about cheerful Christmas letters?)
Rosalinda Oropeza Randall December 14, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Wow, Chris...in addition to what Santa brings them? :} This year I sent out Christmas/Happy Holiday cards; mailed them out today. I have to be 'feel'n' the spirit of the holiday, otherwise it can become a tedious task.
Rosalinda Oropeza Randall December 14, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I didn't want to assume (about Santa) :} Merry Christmas.
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