Wondering what to write in your Christmas cards this year?
Yes, one of the nerve-wracking things is figuring out what to write in your Christmas cards, with those big and kinda intimidating, blank spaces.
(Do you sometimes long for those days when cards came with poems inside? Cheesy, yes - but all that space was taken up...)
Here's a few little tips on where to start when you're stuck with what to say.
So 2020 has been one hell of a rollercoaster.
Little funny stories of things that happened make great content for Christmas cards, as do memories of things that have happened to you or within your family during the year. While in previous years, I've written a Christmas letter or two to go along with my cards, this year, I don't know I can think of enough things that happened personally to fill a whole letter.
But Christmas is a time for reflection, and while there may not have been as much in the way of anecdotes to draw on for my Christmas cards, there's definitely been lots of shifts that I can see in myself and things that I have learned about what's important to me.
This is what I'll be drawing on for my Christmas messages this year, not so much reporting on the year that was but actually delving into how I've felt about it.
If that feels too much for you, you can also look at the little things that have come to hold some importance this year - like how the kids adapted to homeschooling, your new penchant for Zoom quizzes, or what you've managed to grow in the garden this year. Just stop short of including a photo of your quarantine sourdough...
Keep it simple and heartfelt
This hasn't been your average year, for any of us, and for some, like me, it's meant I haven't gotten to see many of my special people at all this year. A big thing for me to tell many of them this year is pretty simple: I miss you!
Christmas cards are a great time to share what plans you have for the future, especially in a year like this - from the small to the life-changing. Perhaps you have been inspired to start working on a personal project, or you're planning on buying a new home, or simply share where you'd love to travel to once the borders re-open.
Get extra personal
It's so nice when a card you receive feels like it was really written for you. If that's the kind of touching moment you'd love to create, then you can borrow this trick. Think of one thing about the person you’re sending the card to; a memory you shared, a kind word they said to you, a thoughtful gesture they did for you; something that happened between you this year that sticks in your mind. Then write about it!
Involve the little ones
A perfect way to fill up that sometimes overwhelming blank space is to get your little ones to add a message. After all, a three year old’s scrawl can take up a whole side...
It’s a sweet and easy trick that can involve your kids, share the writing ritual with them, and will definitely bring a smile to whoever receives your cards.
In our next post, we'll explore some ideas for finishing touches for your cards before they head off in the mail.
What are your tips and tricks on what to write in cards? Tell us in the comments and we'll add them to a post dedicated to your advice!
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This is part three of our Christmas card writing blog series. Check out our other posts here.