How to Write a Great Christmas Letter (Plus, Examples to Steal!)
Are you ready to write your annual Christmas letter? And…are you feeling a little stuck?
Sometimes it can be a little tough to get the ball rolling when writing your holiday letter. Whether you want your Christmas cards to be different this year with some fun new wording, or you just want to give a quick update, it's not always easy to find the words.
Here are some unique and fun Christmas letter examples. We wrote them for every stage of life. We hope this gets your creative juices flowing!
Featured Christmas card: Colorful Christmas
Writing a Christmas Letter When You're Single
Who said Christmas cards are just for huge families?! Everyone will absolutely love getting a holiday card from just you. Recap your year and give an update everything doing on in your world.
Funny how I don't realize how many friends and family members I haven't seen face to face until it comes time to write my holiday letter! Just know that I wish I saw all of you way more than I do but life gets busy for everyone and schedules fill up incredibly fast. Maybe my New Year's resolution will be to plan more visits!
2022 and has been an exciting year of traveling! I always like to plan a short trip or two to see friends and family but this year I decided to step it up a bit. I spent 10 days in Guam visiting some very good friends who moved there a couple years ago. I also spent a week in Iceland back in June. Both places were absolutely amazing but I have to say Iceland is definitely in my top 3 favorite places I've traveled. The scenery and the culture were phenomenal.
Work is going very well. I've been promoted to Vice President of Communications for my company after 15 years of various roles. It involves long hours and lots of projects but I love the challenge and wouldn't have it any other way.
I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season, and I truly hope to see you all at least once this coming year.
A Letter Example for Families With Young Children
That time in life when you have young kids is craaaazy, we know! But, take the time to write a Christmas card letter that shares the little things that make life crazy-good right now. Better yet, pair it with a funny Christmas card and get some laughs in too!
Featured Christmas card: Quiet Christmas
Mark and I are writing this letter while little Liza tries to color the squares on the white tablecloth blue, Meredith keeps watching the same 10 minutes of Coco over and over and over…and Terrence is on his tablet playing Fortnight. What is the big deal with that game anyway?
As you can imagine, life is crazy with three kids under the age of 7. Liza is 2 and still loves her daycare. She especially loves playing on the indoor jungle gym. Meredith is 4 and getting used to pre-school. Some days she loves it, other days not so much. Terrence is 7 and really likes his 2nd grade teacher, Mr. Bronze. I think it's because Mr. Bronze coaches high school basketball and Terrence is kind of obsessed with basketball.
Mark was promoted to supervisor this year so he now oversees a team of seven people. He really likes it. He says he has a good crew, and that makes all the difference. I'm still writing grants for area non-profits. I really love the work and have gained some traction in the field. It feels good to help non-profits achieve their financial goals so they can continue running programs that help so many people.
We wish you all a beautiful holiday season filled with love and laughter!
Meg, Mark, Liza, Meredith and Terrance
An Example for Families with Older Kids
Making the transition from a full house to empty nest is tricky. Capture these years with a holiday letter that dishes on what your grown children are up to and how you’re spending your new-found freedom too.
Hello to all of our family and friends!
Well, it feels crazy to say and still a little surreal but Paul and I are officially empty nesters. Our younger son, Connor, graduated from high school in the spring and started his first semester at Iowa State University. He's taking some general education courses before he decides what he wants to major in but he's very interested in biology.
Kenneth graduates this spring from Montana State University with a degree in Automotive Technology. He's got a job lined up as a mechanic in Boulder, Colorado. He still loves snowboarding, so moving to Colorado is no surprise. He says he'll still come home to visit plenty and we're holding him to that.
Paul and I are planning on treating ourselves to a little vacation this winter. We'll probably head to Mexico in January or February when the cold is really settling in and we need some serious sunshine. We're really looking forward to having both Connor and Kenny home for Christmas break and we can't wait to see many of you at family gatherings and holiday celebrations.
We wish you a very merry Christmas and many blessings in the New Year.
Henry, Paul, Kenneth and Connor
A Christmas Card Letter About Your Grandkids
If the apple of your eye in your cute grandkids, be sure to give them a shout-out in your annual letter. It’s even sweeter when you pair your letter with a photo on a Christmas cards for grandparents.
Featured Christmas card: Grandparent Favorite
Dear Family and Friends,
We hope this letter finds you all doing well. We certainly can't complain too much. Adeline and I have had a good year. We’re enjoying retirement and have a new-found love for pickle ball or all things. Our free time has really helped us slow down and get some perspective about the important things.
Speaking of important things, we were able to attend several of our granddaughter's softball games this last year and boy was that fun! Felt just like the old days. There's nothing like watching a live game of ball and I have to say, those girls are mighty good! Little Colton loves playing video games, which seems to have inspired him to take up drawing. He's created some pretty amazing characters, and even written stories around them. He's got an impressive imagination!
As always, we sure hope you are all feeling well and enjoying as much family and friends as you can possibly handle this holiday season. Drop in and visit sometime. We'd love to have you!
Richard and Adeline
Your First Christmas Card as Newlyweds
Newly married? Then you’ve sure had an exciting year! Share all the updates on the newlyweds by writing a letter from the two of you.
Dearest friends and family,
Seems like just yesterday we saw so many of you at our wedding. I guess September really wasn't that long ago!
Our first Christmas as husband and wife is shaping up to be a good one. We have plane tickets to see Adam's family in California over Christmas. They live outside of San Francisco so we will definitely spend some time in the city. His whole family will be there for the holidays, so it will be lots of people, lots of kids, lots of food, and lots of fun, I'm sure.
Be sure to check the address label on this card's envelope! We moved into a new house in November. Getting married in October and moving in November was pretty crazy but we couldn't be happier in our new house. It's a little 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in a really sweet neighborhood. We're right next to some state trails for bilking and running plus we're not far from downtown, which we really like. Next big step? Getting a dog! I just have to convince Adam.
We love you all so much. May your Christmas be blessed and your new year be filled with happiness.
Other Creative Christmas Letter Ideas
If a tradition Christmas letter isn’t your thing, these ideas might spark your interest:
Spell Out a Word to Create Your Letter
Not only is this one super fun, it’s sure to help you get your letter started. We chose the word MERRY, but other fun words to use are: CHRISTMAS, JOLLY or HOLIDAY.
May of this year brought some exciting news for me and David. We're having a baby! Baby is due March 15. We're not going to find out the gender because we both really want it to be a surprise.
Every year we take an annual trip up north to a remote little cabin just west of Two Harbors near Duluth. We absolutely love it and have been going for four years now. We really enjoyed some hiking and a few campfires but mostly we just relaxed and took in the scenery.
River 105 is playing I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas. This happens to be one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs and wouldn't you know it. David HATES it. I can only listen to it when he's not around and right now he's watching football downstairs so I'm soaking it in.
Rebecca, my little sister, will be living with us over the summer. She found a great internship in town with a local non-profit, so I'm really excited to have her around all summer long!
You have to come visit us. All of you. We live in the cutest little town just north of Rochester. There are lots of parks, lots of trails and plenty of good restaurants in Rochester. We hope to see you all this holiday season or this coming year.
Create a Christmas Letter Quiz
This holiday letter idea is just too much fun! For a hilarious twist, let your kids answer the quiz questions!
We wanted to do something a little different this year for our Christmas letter. We're going to write it quiz-style! Just in case you felt in the mood for a good old-fashioned quiz from high school. No? You'll change your mind, I'm sure.
1. How many children do we have?
If you answered the usual two, you're wrong! We happened to just find out that Sara is pregnant which means we have three children. One of them just isn't quite here yet. We're expecting Baby in the fall and although we're more than a little surprised, we really couldn't be more excited.
2. What's Patrick's favorite band?
The answer is Maroon 5 and he was lucky enough to see them twice this year. Once with me and once with a buddy of his out of state. Pat was pretty stoked about this and we all got to hear lots of Maroon 5 trivia leading up the concerts. Oh joy...
3. What grade is Sophia in?
She just started seventh grade. She's in with the big kids now and it sounds like everything is going really well. It helps that her big sister is in 9th grade and can check in on her little sister here and there. Lauren is starting driver's Ed this year. So that's scary, I mean...awesome.
4. How old is Chester the Cat?
17 years old! I know, this is hard to believe. He just keeps going, and honestly? He looks pretty good.
5. What's Sara's new hobby?
She's decided to take up watercolors again. She enjoyed it years ago when attending college and shortly after but life just takes us in different directions sometimes. I bought her some supplies for her birthday and she's working on her first painting right now!
Well that was fun! Let's play again next year. Same time, same place? Alrighty then. Merry Christmas!
Write a Family Newsletter of Your Year
A holiday newsletter is always a fun way to spread the news of your year! From big news to little news, this kind of letter is sure to become a keepsake forever.
Featured Christmas card: The News
The Setter Family Post
The Setter family is making headlines! Literally, we each wrote our own headline and update.
Man Looks for Work, and Finds it!
As many of you know, I left my old company of 25 years. I just didn't feel like I was a great fit for the role I had taken on and decided maybe I was ready for a change. I found a new position at a local company, which means I'm closer to home. That has been awesome. I like the job and I like the people. All in all, it was a great change.
Woman Paddles for Her Life
Henry and I like to go paddle boarding. We found a great new spot just south of town. The waters are calm, the scenery is gorgeous and it's usually pretty quiet. Until you find yourself trying to escape the jaws of a snapping turtle! The little bugger just about climbed on board with me. Of course, I fell off and I just knew I was going to feel those jaws clamping down on a limb but I made it to safety without injury. Henry was laughing hysterically the whole time
Girl Falls in Love
With pottery! What were you thinking? I've joined a pottery club through school. We meet once a week at the local pottery shop in town. So far I've made some super cute face mugs for Mom and Dad. Now I'm working on something special for Grandma and Grandpa, maybe in time for Christmas!
World Goes Crazy
Hard not to feel that way sometimes, right? We hope you and your families find love, peace and happiness this holiday season. And may we all work harder to spread a little more of those things around in the New Year.
Well, there you have it! Some great examples of how to write your Christmas cards and annual holiday letters. Next up, deciding who to send your Christmas cards to. Don’t worry, we’re here to help if you need it!