We’ve been receiving Christmas letters for weeks now. Every day we receive a stack of letters, and I’m reminded each time that I have to get mine done. I’m behind schedule this year, but I promise to have the Jeub Family Christmas Letter published by this weekend.
Our family sends one out every year, quite a tradition for our brood. I get the job done with 8 steps, listed with a little detail below. At the end of this post, I have instructions on how you can send me YOUR letter.
- Scroll through photos. I start by reflecting on the year of photos. I click through iPhoto and create a special list of my favorite pics.
- Make a chronological list of events. The pictures will remind me of the debate tournaments, vacations, business developments, holidays, etc. I make a list of all of them and brainstorm them with my family, much like a whiteboard meeting.
- Choose the best events. Perhaps the top 5-6 events “make the cut.” These are the events that bring the fondest memories from everyone in the family.
- Write the letter. The last few years I had a child to do this, but this year I’m up for it.
- Family editing process. We will read it as an entire family, get more feedback, etc.
- Update the mailing list. Our list is kept on an online spreadsheet through Google Docs, allowing us to update friends and relatives as the year goes on. We also have a mass mailing database that we’ll utilize for a one-time email blast.
- Publish the letter. We will have a PDF on our family website.
- Package and mail. Letters are a bit more complicated, but a nice family activity to get them out the door.
No small project, but worth fitting in the busy holiday season. The Christmas Letter is a way for my family to reconnect with friends and family. Expect the letter this weekend.
Send the Jeubs Your Letter
We have an awesome tradition: we tape letters around our living room throughout the Christmas season. After Christmas we read a few everyday till they are all read. We also tape pictures to our refrigerator. I blogged about this on our family site last week (read here).
Therefore, the Jeubs would LOVE to receive YOUR Christmas letter! You may either email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
c/o Chris & Wendy Jeub
PO Box 3527
Monument, CO 80132
Question: Do you write a letter for your family and friends?