The point of the Christmas card letter is to share with family and friends the highlights of your year. Of course, a handwritten letter is preferred, but with the Christmas card lists people have now (50, 100, more?), they would have to start writing these letters in September. It's much more practical and efficient to write one letter and copy it for all to read. I say it sounds like a lovely thing to include in a Christmas card and much more personal than a hastily scrawled signature in a store-bought card.
In this day and age, we are all very busy and don't talk with friends and family as often as we would like. That's why it's nice to receive a Christmas letter so we can find out all the latest and still feel like we haven't completely lost touch. Writing a Christmas letter can be a fun family project and tradition to work on during the weekend after Thanksgiving or at the beginning of December. You can save the letters you write each year and they become a scrapbook of your lives - I have enjoyed looking back to the first one that I wrote. And trying to write the letter creatively helps work out your brain! Oh the many benefits of the Christmas letter - LOL!
But you really should follow the guidelines. Maybe you (or certain family members) are not aware of the guidelines. I will do my best to educate you and then you can pass it along to any "violators."
The Very Unofficial Christmas Card Letter Guidelines
~ Must be one page! 2 pages = 2 long. More than 2 pages = Dropped from the card list. Do what you must to keep to this - smaller borders, smaller font (be very careful - some people can't read really small fonts), LESS words!
~ No gushing allowed. You are allowed to be proud of accomplishments, but don't overdo it and don't mention more than 1 per child.
~ Keep it light - not too artificially happy and not too serious. Humor is greatly appreciated!
~ Tell us things that your kids are interested in - sports they participate in, favorite subject, new pet, etc. - rather than the cute things they said and did all year.
~ Do include parents in the letter - we like to know what's happening with you, too - not just your kids.
~ Address or name change updates are nice - don't just assume that everybody will notice the return address on the envelope.
~ Creativity appreciated - sometimes. I heart creative Christmas letters - poems, puzzles, newsletters, etc. but not everybody does. Consider what your audience will enjoy.
~ Even if there are signatures on the letter, please sign the card with handwritten signatures and maybe even a handwritten "Merry Christmas!"
~ Decide if you need to include a letter in every card. Your hair stylist may not be interested in what your kids did this year and your close family members might already know more than they want to - LOL! :)
Have I missed anything? Is this helpful? I'll be expecting all of your Christmas letters any day now.
If you are not a fan of the Christmas letter, I hope I have caused you to rethink your position. If not, you can send me a 3-page detailed letter about it in your Christmas card.