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