Extend Holiday or Winter Season's Greetings to Friends • Letter Templates and Guides

How to write this letter:

1Express a sincere greeting, acknowledging the occasion.
2Share a wish for the season, some personal thoughts, or extend an invitation to spend time with the reader.
3Recall a memory or shared association.
4Share news and/or a personal note.
5Reiterate holiday wishes and close.


This letter communicates the writer's joy in the year's association with the reader, and offers best wishes for the year to come. The holiday letter is meant to share the year's best and warmest feelings. It may also provide an opportunity to express deeper sentiments. Take care not to offend your readers with wishes inappropriate to their beliefs or politics.

Example Letter #1


At this time of year when the air is filled with music and the smell of holiday cooking, our thoughts turn to good friends who add joy to our lives. It is a time to reminisce, and we have been doing a lot of it lately. We laugh when we think of the time John ate that big potato and when Jane decorated the kitchen with mistletoe. Our hearts fill with gratitude when we think of how you helped Eric during his illness. Those were wonderful times.

This year we have enjoyed watching Eric learn to walk. Fred turned six and entered first grade. Jane surprised us by resigning from Doe Corporation to go back to school. John continues to teach, but finds time to swim, read, and play with the kids. We hope you are all in good health. We wish you the best that this holiday season can offer.

Example Letter #2


This holiday season always brings tender memories to mind, and thoughts of kind and unselfish friends like you refresh us and give us renewed courage. Thank you for being such dear friends. We are continuing your holiday tradition of sharing a gift of self, the idea you taught us when we were newly married. Every member of our family now participates, including our grandchildren. We send our love and best wishes to all.

Example Letter #3


Best wishes for success and happiness in the New Year. This past year has brought Eric and me such joy; we are hoping our good fortune holds for years to come. The high point of our year had to be welcoming our first baby into the world. We do hope you'll be able to stop by and make his acquaintance. We sure could use some child-rearing tips.

I hope this year holds untold promise for you, Mary. Heaven only knows there's no one more deserving. Happy New Year!

Write Your Letter Step-by-Step


Express a sincere greeting, acknowledging the occasion.

Example Sentences for Step 1

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Share a wish for the season, some personal thoughts, or extend an invitation to spend time with the reader.

Example Sentences for Step 2

This winter the Does are reveling in friendship and Christmas spirit. Won't you join our celebration? Our house is open through the holidays and filled with good food and good will. Come on by! We are all so sorry about your loss. We loved John, and we would enjoy having you over to reminisce and share the holidays. Let's hope this year ends on as high a note as last year did, even though your first child's birth is a tough act to follow. We want to offer our congratulations to little Cynthia on her first year. To all of you we wish peace and prosperity. Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah...However you celebrate at this time of year, I want to add my joy to yours. I am celebrating pan-traditionally this year. So if you appreciate the beauty of a menorah casting light on a Christmas tree, please drop by. It has been a hard several months, but this season never fails to boost our spirits. Everybody has a smile and the weather is often dramatic. Above all, we get to visit with people who give meaning to our lives. We are glad you will be in town this year; I hope you will make a special point of spending an evening with us in our home. Although in the past I've been something of a grinch, I've decided to return some of the Christmas spirit I've stolen and wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. As this year passes, I want to send my warmest wishes and thanks to my very best friends. You two have meant a lot to me, and we have shared many great times together. I send my fondest wishes of joy for Christmas and for the greatest New Year ever. I hope we will spend a lot of it together.

Example Phrases for Step 2


Recall a memory or shared association.

Example Sentences for Step 3

Every year when we get together for the gifts and the games (Go '49ers!) I kick myself for not spending more time with my friends. I often think of that Christmas Eve we spent together at Aunt Jane's and Uncle John's when we were about eight. The snow piled higher and higher, but we wouldn't stop sledding for anything. Then your mom reminded us Santa only comes after everyone is nestled snug in their beds. We had our pj's on in record time. Remember that first New Year's Eve we spent together at Michael and Beth's party? I will never forget the image of twenty adults in their socks on four Twister games at once. Let's throw a party like that next year, and get the old crowd together once more. We couldn't be better, but we could sure try! In the meantime let's promise each other to have the best year ever. I know it doesn't snow where you live now, but do the streets get quiet in the winter evenings? When I walk around on the quiet winter streets here, I think about when we were kids, and how we loved winter vacation. It got dark too early to go inside, so you and I just walked around in the streets. We felt safe and protected in that old neighborhood. I don't think I would have gone fishing instead of Christmas shopping last year if it hadn't been for you. Chances are, however, I will be getting the shopping out of the way first this time. I practiced all year and can bake a decent spice cake now. I hope you will give me a second chance. The Christmas I remember best is the one right after you and John got your new place and you invited us all there. I remember how John had us all in stitches singing songs from the kids' Christmas TV specials. We know John's gift for enjoying Christmas makes wonderful memories. Let's make some more together this holiday season.

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Share news and/or a personal note.

Example Sentences for Step 4

As you may have heard, our Ashley has agreed to marry her longtime beau, Eric. John has decided to begin attending classes at the University, in addition to his work at Doe Corporation. But the big news is that Jane was offered tenure in September. This season's message of peace and reconciliation touched my heart. Our relationship is too important to lose over an argument. I hope you will forgive me for my part in our troubles and consider giving us another chance in the new year.
We hope you will remember us, even though we have been reclusive since Ann was born. We love you and haven't forgotten you, and Ann seems to want to get to know some of the people her parents have been talking about. We hope to see more of you in the new year.
It has been a challenging year for our family, with the floods hitting us hard and Michael getting laid off from Doe. Things finally started looking up in time for the holidays, though. Now, more than ever, we are grateful for our wonderful friends and for all the blessings that have come our way. We are just getting settled into our new apartment as I write this, and the cats are checking out their new territory. Doesn't seem quite like home yet, but the first Christmas here will probably change that. Things got kind of crazy in the last few months and we are counting on the holidays to give us a chance to find our bearings. It will be strange to have Christmas without John. We hope things are going as well for you as they have been around here! We couldn't have asked for a better year. We really worked hard for it, pulling together as a family as never before. Our joy has been great and we want to share it. Please remember how important you are to us.

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Reiterate holiday wishes and close.

Example Sentences for Step 5

Example Phrases for Step 5

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