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Introduction:

Christmas is a wonderful time to keep in touch. Finding a personal note inside the mailbox can make your friend's or relative's day! There's no need to agonize over what to write. A Christmas note will send smiles across the miles (or across the street)!

Write With Your Voice

Try to write as though you were speaking conversationally. Let your personality shine through! Recall fond memories. What about Christmas reminds you of the person you're writing to?

Keep the Focus on the Recipient

Speak from your heart. "I was just thinking about you and the time we hung your parents' aluminum Christmas tree from the ceiling..." may make for an interesting beginning.

Ask Questions

To avoid a line of questioning that sounds like the Spanish Inquisition, imagine you are in conversation. Pretend that after answering your question, they've asked, "and you (and yours)?". "Is little Kyle still taking karate lessons? Our Avery just loves archery class." Everyone likes to be noticed and recognized and this style of writing keeps the focus on the reader. You still get to tell your news, but without making it all about you.

Keep It Simple

A few lines of genuine thoughtfulness will be well appreciated. There's not yet a paper shortage, so you don't need to fill the page. You can wrap it up with something like, "I know you're busy and I just wanted to let you know you're in my thoughts."

Pace Yourself

Don't try to get out all of your Christmas notes in one sitting. And you definitely don't need to pressure yourself by including them in your Christmas cards. Everyone loves to find something in the mailbox that isn't a bill or an ad, so consider sending your notes separately, and giving friends and family two days of fun mail from you!

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  • dptstretch 12/28/2013

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    Great list...wish they would have featured it right after thanksgiving :)

  • pamperedpen 12/16/2011

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    Writing notes is a dying art. It's good to see these tips to help keep the art alive. H5

  • AlphaBarter 11/24/2010

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    These are great tips. I love sending and receiving personal notes. So much nicer than an email!

  • BonnieDossKnight 11/21/2010

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    So much more personal than the traditional Christmas letter that will go on and on about nothing. Here are my five stars to you: *****

  • goodselfme 11/20/2010

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    Love this personal way you detailed this Christmas message to send to others. I fully agree it sure is nice to get one of these.

  • AngelaTague 11/20/2010

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    Great tips! I love writing personalized messages. I just finished 70 personal wedding thank you's!

  • PupFashionista 11/20/2010

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    I love receiving cards in the mail from friends, but I never understood why people buy a card and then just sign their name with a non-personal greeting. Inside jokes, memories, and telling me how gorgeous my girls look are always appreciated.

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