Ready to gather around the computer for some family time? Around the computer? Yes! It's time to write the family year-end letter to include with holiday cards -- or even send out solo to friends and extended family if cards aren't your thing.
What you'll need:
- Computer with a word-processing program
- Scrap paper (optional)
- Printer paper
What you'll do:
Begin by determining who'll be "recording secretary". Then have each member, one by one, share her memories of the year -- from birthday parties to the start of school to sporting events to family outings -- as the recording secretary types notes into a word processing program or writes them out by hand on scrap paper. Having the whole family contribute together will not only ensure that you don't forget anything important -- it will give everyone a voice in the letter, and let you all savor the great events of your life over the past year together.
Once you've gotten all the notes together, it's time to write the real letter! There are many ways and styles of doing it; choose one that reflects your family best. A straightforward narrative always works, but if you are looking for a something a bit different, here are some inspirations: