Let’s be honest: for most of us, just signing a Christmas card and getting it in the mail on time is a feat to be proud of during the holiday season.
I love getting family newsletters from people and always have good intentions of creating my own (there is actually one half-written from two years ago still on my computer desktop), but it rarely gets done.
I also find that because all of our family is far away, I utilize social media to the max and people pretty much know everything that goes on in my house all year long. If, however, you are not that person, and you’d still like to send out a little update, I think the idea of a year in review to be sent out in the new year is a great idea.
With all the gadgets at our disposal, it’s pretty simple to put together an aesthetically appealing publication. Programs often have templates you can use, and just plug in your info. Or you can buy graphic templates off of sites like Etsy.
One of the best tips I’ve come across is to make your newsletter “skim-able.” In other words, break up your text and try not to be too wordy. Use fun ideas for lists such as Top 10 Highlights of the Year, three accomplishments of each family member, one thing we’re each going to work on this year, etcetera.
For people receiving the letter that you may not see very often, it is nice to include a few short points about the children's personalities and interests. We had a friend include some of their favourite quotes from their kids and I loved reading them. They were funny, cute and a window into how their kids think.
It’s also a great idea to break up the text with graphics or pictures of the family. If you’re not planning to print it in colour, make sure you choose photos that will look good in black and white.
Not only will your friends and relatives enjoy the update, but a year in review will be a great keepsake for your own family.