What to Write in a Grandparents Day eCard

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With Grandparents Day fast approaching this Sunday, September 8th, chances are you’re thinking about giving or sending a special card to celebrate these wonderful people who have loved you all your life. Maybe your grandparents live far away and you don’t see them as often, or perhaps your grandparents raised you themselves, making them more parent than grandparent.  So then, how do you begin to say all the many emotions of gratitude you feel for these special people who have so freely and unselfishly given their time, their hugs…their love?

Let your heart be your guide…

Think of some of your favorites things about your grandparents. Do they have a zest for life that makes you smile? Do you take walks together, or share stories over coffee? Did they share a favorite hobby with you? Gardening, collecting, knitting, and cooking? Do they help out by picking up the kids from school, or babysitting each week? Is Grandma’s kitchen always awash with smells of home-baked goodness? Did you ever catch “the big one” with Granddad? Maybe you love how their hugs make you feel like the safest place you’ve ever known. Here are at Blue Mountain, we have wonderful Grandparents Day cards you can add your own special messages to. Come take a look and choose your favorite, then look over some of the ideas we’ve given below to add your own special touch. If you simply say it from your heart…you’ll light up theirs.

Warm Wishes

  • Wishing you a Grandparents Day filled with happiness…
  • Wishing you many reasons to smile today and every day…
  • Hope your Grandparents Day is filled with everything you love…
  • You’re all the things that make grandparents special…
  • Happy Grandparents Day to the grandest of them all…
  • Happy Grandparents Day with lots of love…

 For Closer Relationships

  • I love the times we spend together…
  • I’ll never forget the time when…
  • You’ve always been there for me…
  • Thanks to you, it’s easy to understand the meaning of love—because you give so much of it…
  • Grandparents like you are loved so much for so many special reasons…
  • You’re more than my grandparents…you’re two of my very best friends…

 Sentiments of Gratitude

  • Thank you for every magical memory I hold in my heart…
  • You’re always there, and I’m always grateful…
  • Thank you for your loving heart…
  • For your faith, your wisdom, your kindness, your love…thank you.
  • I am so grateful to have Grandparents as wonderful as you…
  • Thinking of you on Grandparents Day, and how your kindness, your caring, and love mean so much to me…

Across the Miles

  • Sending warm loving thoughts to you…
  • Even though we’re not together, you’re always close in heart…
  • Wish we could be together for Grandparents Day…
  • There may be miles between us, but warm thoughts keep us close…
  • Sending you love and hugs across the miles…
  • Missing you and wishing you a wonderful Grandparents Day…


“WHAT TO WRITE…” Apologies & Forgiveness


Today Is Forgiveness Day

We’ve all been there. Life is good. Our relationships with our family, our friends, our co-workers, seem to be going along fine. And then, out of the blue, it happens. Something comes up. We have a “not-our-best” moment. And now we’ve got…well…a situation.

Let’s face it…in spite of our best intentions, sometimes we human beings hurt each other. Whether it’s through misunderstanding, an oversight, being insensitive, or a moment of frustration or anger, we don’t always see eye to eye. We say things. We do things. We hurt each other. And often, we carry that hurt around far too long.

Why Forgive?

06262013_2If we’re honest with ourselves, we have to admit that nothing good comes from holding on to our hurt or withholding forgiveness. Aside from being the right and mature thing to do, it’s a proven fact that it’s just better for us—physically, emotionally, and spiritually—to mend fences. Because we all need each other more than we need to “win” or take a chance on losing the very people we love the most.

To say those 3 little words, whether they’re “I’m really sorry” or “I forgive you,”and mean them, is to open the door to a fresh start. And it’s a gift—to ourselves, and to everyone around us.

The First Steps…

Even when we or someone else is sorry, it’s not always easy to know the best way to make things better. But here are some suggestions that may help:

  • Be yourself—let the thoughts and words come from your heart.
  • Keep it simple. Don’t replay all the details of the situation
    or try to defend your side of things.
  • Express how much you care about the person and how you value
    your relationship with them.
  • Accept responsibility. If this person is really important to you,
    put your own ego aside. It’s not about who’s right and who’s wrong.
  • Say you’re sorry, or accept an apology without being specific about what was said that was hurtful or how you were affected.
  • Express a sincere desire to forgive or be forgiven and to heal the relationship.
  • Tell each other what you’ve learned from this experience—about yourself, about them, about what’s most important in life.
  • Understand that it may take a while before either is ready to forgive.
  • But don’t be discouraged. You’ve done what you can. Now give it time.

Let Us Help You Find the Words…

Here at, you 06262013_3and your relationships are important to us. We love helping people say the things that are deepest in their hearts—especially when finding the right words can be difficult. So here are some perfect ways to say “I’m sorry” that we hope will help you reconnect with someone special today.

Adding Your Personal Touch…

I know saying sorry can’t change what’s happened, but…
Sorry isn’t just a word…sometimes it’s a hope for a new beginning.
How can I make things better?
Didn’t mean to let you down.
I miss the good times with you…
I never meant to hurt you, but I know I did.
I realize I’ve hurt you and I’m so sorry.
So I really messed up, didn’t I?
Wanting things to be right between us again.
I value your friendship so very much.
I want to say I’m sorry, I’m just not sure how.
I’m not proud of the way I’ve acted.
I’m really sorry and I hope that you’ll forgive me.
So sorry for __________ (be specific).
I’m struggling to find the right words, but I want you to know…
If I could take it all back, I would.
Our (friendship, relationship) is more important to me than anything.
Sometimes I lose sight of what’s most important…
You’re one of the most important people in my life
You’re really special to me, probably more than you know right now.

On a Lighter Note:

Me and my big mouth…
I don’t know what I was thinking…big shocker, huh?
Sorry. I pretty much suck.
You’re kind, smart and wonderful…not to mention forgiving?
Sorry…I’ll definitely keep trying harder.
We all make mistakes…guess I just make more than my share of them.
So exactly how mad are you right now?
I had a very good reason for doing what I did…I was being stupid and inconsiderate!




“WHAT TO WRITE…” In a Wedding Card


The Joy of Weddings

A wedding is one of the happiest of all the special occasions families and friends can celebrate together. Being invited to share this much-anticipated day is an honor. And what better time could there ever be to let the bride and groom know how you feel about them, and to wish them a beautiful life!

The Best Gift of All

Whether you’re choosing something from their bridal registry or enclosing money or gift cards, the stories, memories, happy thoughts, and wishes you share from your heart may very well be the best gifts of all. Once you’ve found the perfect card, stationery or note that best fits the occasion, you’ll want to add your own personal touches. Here are some ideas to help you do just that…

Getting Started

Gather your thoughts by jotting down your answers to any (or all) of the questions below. Don’t worry about using the perfect words right now. Just be yourself. Being spontaneous will give you some natural-sounding words and phrases to use in your final message.

How would you describe the bride? The groom? Them as a couple?
What’s your favorite thing about each of them?
How do those qualities make them good for each other?
What’s one special memory you have of them?
What does it mean for you to share this day with them?
What’s one bit of advice you might give them for a happy life?
What do you wish them more than anything?

Making It Personal

Now you’re ready to write something special…just for them. Think of the answers that made you smile as you wrote them and perhaps add them to some of the thoughts below
if you’d like. Remember…there’s no” right way” to do this. If it comes from your heart, they’ll know it and whatever you write will sound warm and sincere.

Traditional Thoughts & Wishes

May this be the beginning of a beautiful lifetime filled with love…
May every day, every joy, every dream come true bring you closer together…
Today is just the beginning…
Make every day a memory…
May you always believe in each other…
The best is yet to be…
May you always be the love in each other’s lives, the joy in each other’s hearts…
Your wedding day–a beautiful celebration of your love…
Joy for today, dreams for tomorrow, love forever…
Wishing you a lifetime of beautiful tomorrows…

For Close Relationships

It’s so special for me/us to share this day with you…
So proud of both of you…
You’ll always be an important part of my life…
Seeing you so happy makes me/us happy, too…
I’ve/We’ve always felt lucky to be family/friends with you…

Spiritual Wishes

God bless you with a love that grows deeper every day…
May God protect the love you share…
Bless you both on this special day…

Lighthearted Wishes

Showering you with wishes for happiness…
Just married…just wonderful!
Two hearts become one…
To Mr. and Mrs. Perfect for Each Other
A love story whose time has come…
I now pronounce you forever in love…
It’s official! You’re married…don’t you just love the sound of that?
Wishing you a comfy, cozy life to share…



“WHAT TO WRITE…” for Mother’s Day

04192013_mothersdayA World of Moms

Mother’s Day is such a special time for remembering all those wonderful women in our lives who mean so much to us. Whether they are our own moms, our mother-in-laws, grandmothers, wives, daughters, sisters, teachers or other role models, it’s a perfect time to reflect on what each has brought our way and how they have touched our lives.

Gifts and Greetings

Many people remember their moms and others with anything from simple to elaborate gifts for Mother’s Day, but the one thing these gifts usually have in common is that they’re accompanied by sincere and meaningful cards with heartfelt thoughts. In most cases, a truly personal card is often a beautiful gift in itself. Something to treasure. A keepsake. A reminder of a special day and all the warm and loving moments it held. It’s the thing she’ll cherish most tomorrow and the days after that.

It’s in the Details

When thinking of what to say in your message, make some mental notes of how you picture your mom now and even when you were younger. Can you think of things you’ve done together, perhaps this year or in the past (going to a spa together, shopping for new school clothes, looking for wallpaper?) What words would you associate with her (daring, smart, funny, brave, thoughtful?) Are there specific things that remind you of her (pink nail polish, wine spritzers, kuchen, “permanent” kits, bathing caps, Chantilly, ironing bedsheets, Ivory soap, white gloves, knickknacks?)

What to Write…

Following are some ideas for things you can write in Mother’s Day cards for the many “moms” in your life. But it’s most important to remember that your words should sound sincere and that they came from you. As you read through these, think of how you can combine them with the ideas you thought of above to make the message your own. After all, it’s the little details in the words you choose that will bring a tear to her eye.

For Your Own Mom

Today I am reminded once again how truly special you are to me…
Don’t know how you do it, Mom, but you always seem to have time for everyone…
It’s not until we have children of our own that we realize what it really means
to be a mom…
Thanks, Mom, for the everyday things you do that make our lives so special…
Mom, I have so many wonderful memories of growing up…
You’ll always have a special place in my heart, Mom…
There are so many things I have learned from you, Mom…
Every family has its own stories, traditions and memories…
Mom, do you know how many times I’ve thought to myself…

Check out our Mother’s Day cards for your mom

 For Any Mom

You make my/the world a brighter (nicer, warmer) place…
What a joy it is remembering someone as special as you on Mother’s Day…
You have a way of making others feel happy (comfortable, confident)…
Today is special because you are…
You’ve touched my life in a special way…
You’re such a blessing in my life (You’re such a blessing to so many…)
When I think of you, I think of so many things… but mostly I remember…
For the special person you are and the loving mother you’ve become…

Check out our Mother’s Day cards for all moms

 For Wife

You fill my/our heart with everything wonderful…
Lucky me/us—having you to love!
You’ll always be first in my/our heart and in my life…
We’d be lost without you…
Day after day you fill our hearts with happiness…
I wouldn’t trade our lives for anything in the world…
I love this journey we’re on together…

Check out our Mother’s Day cards for wife

 For a New Mom/Mom-to-Be

A new baby in your arms–a forever love in your heart…
It’s the first of many happy Mother’s Days to come…
Your first Mother’s Day…awwww-some!
Your baby’s (going to be) so lucky to have you for a mom…
Wishing you joy as you await the arrival of your little one…
(A new) Love is on the way…

Check out our Mother’s Day cards for new moms

 Less Sentimental

Thinking of you warmly today and hoping your day is a special one…
With a heart full of wishes for a day full of happiness…
It’s a special day for remembering special people like you…
Wishing you everything that will make this a perfect day for you…
Relax, enjoy, and celebrate…
Hope Mother’s Day is just your cup of tea…

Check out our funny Mother’s Day cards



“WHAT TO SAY…” In a Talking eCard!

Cat got your tongue? No worries! Talking eCards will say it for you! You can even choose
a talking cat!

Want to reach out to someone you haven’t contacted in a while? talk_how_ya_bee
Our How Ya Bee hamster will hit just the right note: “Hi Kelly, sorry I haven’t been in touch, things have been very hectic around here.  Just wondering how ya bee and hoping we can get together soon to catch up!”

Feeling romantic or maybe a little frisky? You can choose our
Love You a Latte Yorkie to do some sweet talking for you. “Hi Honey.  Just sitting here having my morning coffee and remembering last night. Love you a latte!”

talk_this_just_inOur newscaster, This Just In, can deliver a fun weather report: “The snow is really coming down!  We’re expecting six inches by morning. Time to get your skis out!  Can’t wait to see you on the slopes!” or “This just in. Mary Beth had her baby at 2:30 this morning! Eight pounds of bouncing baby boy!”

Our Purrfect Friend kitty can make someone’s day: “Good Morning, Jenn!  I hope you have a wonderful day!  I’m so glad we’re friends!” Or if someone you know is going on a trip, you can send them our  Bahama Llama with a happy “Bon Voyage!” wish.

Is someone in your life going through a difficult time?  talk_hang_in_thereOur little Hang in There monkey will bring a smile: “Harry, I was so sorry to hear about your accident.  I hope you are on the mend and will be back on the golf course soon.  We all miss you.  Hang in there! 

For St. Patrick’s Day, wish them a wee bit o’magic with our Pot O’Golden retriever, our Fine Irish Lassie and our St. Cat’s Day kitty. “Faith and begorrah, here’s hoping your St. Patrick’s Day is filled with fun and friends and lots of green beer!”

talk_magical_surpriseFor Easter, let them know they are somebunny special with our new Bunny Banter card. “Happy Easter, Aunt Sophie!  Can’t wait till we get the family together for Easter brunch.  Your green bean casserole is the best!  Be sure to get here early for the Easter egg hunt.  Love you!”

And, of course, we have lots of ways (and fun characters to match!) to wish someone a Happy Birthday:

Send some bovine wishes from our Holy Cow: “Holy Cow!  You’re having another birthday?!  Don’t worry—you’re still not pasture prime!”

Our Sweet Wishes talking cupcake can suggest: talk_sweet_wishes“It’s your birthday, Sally!  Time to get sprinkle-faced!”

Send Hogs and Kisses to a grandchild.: “Hello, my little Munchkin!  This little piggy is here to say, a special treat is on the way.  Hogs and kisses for your birthday!  Grandma loves you!”

talk_puppy_loveWith Talking eCards you can keep in touch, send birthday, holiday and get well wishes, invite someone over, celebrate an anniversary, graduation, engagement, special event or send one just because they’re so much fun! One happy customer shared with us that she was proposed to through a Talking eCard! (It was our Puppy Love design and she said, “Yes!”)

 So where to begin? Just choose the talking ecard character you like best for the occasion, type your message in the box, pick a voice and the talking card will deliver your note to your delighted recipient. We’ve shown you a few ideas on things you can say, but here are a few helpful hints to make your message even more special:

  • Choose whether you want the card to speak in the first person (Hi! I’m your Birthday Cod) or if you just want to use it as a vehicle for your message (Sending this birthday cod cause I know how much you like fishing!)
  • Listen to your message several times before sending it. You might want to add or edit. Always click Save and Preview after each change or edit.
  • If you’re not going to send your card right away but want to keep the message you’ve started, it’s a good idea to copy and paste it to a Word doc, as once you move out of the card (without sending it), your message will not be saved.
  • Play around with the spelling and spacing between words/syllables to have your message delivered just the way you’d like it.
  • If you type your message phonetically, you can even have the talking card speak a foreign language!

And now a word from our Talking eCod…


Here’s what we typed and how we typed it.  We chose “Nigel” for the speaking voice.  Click here or on the photo at left to listen to the delivered message.
Ahoy there, blue mountain friends!  I am so proud to have this special oppor TUNA tee to speak to you!   Just wanted to let you know it’s official!   I am one of the most popular talking  e cards of all.   Holy Mackeral!    I’ll send birthday fishes to anyone you like and they’ll fall for me hook…line…and sinker!  It’s FIN-tastic, don’t you think?  Remember, in cod we trust! Have a great day now!



“WHAT TO WRITE…” Offering Words of Encouragement

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Offering Words of Encouragement, Cheer, Support and Sympathy

There are those moments in life when we could all use a little encouragement, a kind word, a gentle wish, a hearfelt prayer. They’re the little things that inspire us to believe in ourselves or help us through a difficult time.

While words can’t actually change the circumstances that surround us, they can help us deal with our emotions and even feel more hopeful or confident, especially when the words are coming from someone who truly cares about us. In this sense, their support and encouragement tend to validate our feelings.

At the same time, the rewards are just as great when we are on the giving end…it feels just  as good to offer a helping hand, or a shoulder to lean on as it does to be on the receiving end of a caring gesture.

With that in mind, we’d like to offer some suggestions for letting others know how you feel and that you care. And although this series is meant to help you know “What to Write…” it may just as easily help you know “what to say…”

I’ll always be here for you.
You’re someone I care about…

You truly are a beautiful person…I hope you know that.
Don’t give up now…I know you can do this.
You’re special and you deserve the best.
I care about you more than words can say.
Believe in yourself. I know I believe in you.
I believe in you and your dreams.
I thought about you today…I care about you always.
You are in every thought and prayer that fills my heart today.
I can’t guarantee you an easy journey, but I promise
       I’ll be there with you every step of the way.
I’m here if you need me…that’s what friends are for.
If you need a kind word or warm wish, I have many to give.
Good times. Bad times. Anytime…
Just me…thinking of you…especially now.
Wishing you faith to light your way until all is well again.

For Sympathy Situations:

I’m here to listen, to hold your hand or to just be by your side…whatever you need. 
Grieving takes time and tears…and friends. I’m here for you.
Sincerest sympathy…from a friend who shares your sorrow.

Lighter/Whimsical directions:

Would a hug help?  or  Looks like someone could use a hug…
Wish I could wish your troubles away.
If you need me, just whistle…I’ll be there before you can unpucker!
Life takes some crazy turns…maybe I can help steer you through it all.
When the going gets tough, you can always come over and hide out with me!
Friendship therapy…no appointment necessary!
Chicken Soup? Hug? Teddy Bear? Chocolate? Just name it!
Sometimes life just sucks. Stay strong.

Please visit to see the above Encouragement ecard and a large selection of other Encouragement, Get Well and Sympathy cards to which you can add your own personal messages.




How to Write a Love Letter

Nowadays, with email, texts and IM chats, it’s easier than ever to stay connected. But how often do those “connections” go above and beyond a quick message or even no words at all (OMG)?

And on the rare occasion that someone does craft an eloquent email or a touching text—how can you possibly tuck it away in your shoebox of keepsakes?

Isn’t it about time to bring back the love letter? You don’t need to be a poet to pull at someone’s heartstrings. And since seeing something personal among a stack of bills automatically triggers happiness, you’ll have them at hello.  But we can help you do better than that.

Simply think SWEET:  Sit. Write. Emotion. Examples. Time.


Find a quiet place to give full attention to your letter—and your relationship. Think about why you fell in love, what makes this person special, and what you want to say. Then immerse yourself fully in the project. Whether you end up with three paragraphs or three pages, your letter deserves your undivided attention.


There’s nothing like the age-old act of putting ink to paper that better symbolizes “pouring your heart out.” You’re single-handedly creating a cherished keepsake, possibly a piece of family history. Present your words in a classic way—on personalized stationery, or inside a blank card, for shorter sentiments.


Express your feelings! But don’t overdo it. Especially at the beginning of the relationship, keep things subtle and simple. Let your loved one read between the lines. As your feelings intensify, your language will, too. But even then, don’t get too dramatic. Write the way you talk. Your love letter should sound like you, not Shakespeare. Keep it real.


You both know the details of your love story, but you can give mutual experiences a fresh perspective by reminiscing from your point-of-view. Does a special moment stand out in your mind? Why? Be descriptive. A good love letter speaks plainly and illustrates perfectly. “When I saw you that day, I knew. With your gentle kindness, your quiet confidence, your passion for life — I knew I could give you my heart.”


When your letter is finished, put it aside for a day or two and then come back to it. You may be surprised at how different it sounds, and it might need some tweaking. Once you feel like it’s your own personal version of a romantic card, then you know it’s ready to send!



“WHAT TO WRITE…” Valentine Messages

Today, we’re beginning a new series of blogs that will appear monthly. The topic?

What to Write…

And this month’s subject is What to Write in a Valentine. But before we get to that specifically, we wanted to introduce some thoughts that will work for just about any occasion or life event…from the happiest, to the most formal, to even those that are touched by sadness.

Although there are many ways to express your thoughts and wishes, sending a personal note in your own words somehow means more–no matter what the occasion. But it’s not always easy knowing where to begin. That’s why we’re creating this blog…to help you send the perfect card that not only expresses your thoughts, but helps you stay connected to those important people in your life.

Getting Ready…

Take a few minutes to organize your thoughts and to clarify your intent. Do you want to…

  • Send a wish for a specific occasion?
  • Congratulate or compliment someone?
  • Say “thank you?”
  • Simply say, “You’re a great friend?”
Next, think of what you would like someone to say or write to you…
  • What would they say to make you feel better or happier?
  • To let you know they care?
  • To tell you they think you’re special?
Well, those are probably the very things they’d like to hear from you!

If you’re still not sure what to talk about, here are a few more ideas:

  • Think of something funny, serious, or cute that only the two of you
  • might know about.
  • Remember special memories you’ve shared together.
  • Write a short (or long!) list of words that describe this
    particular person or occasion or both!

How to Begin…

It’s usually helpful to jot down a few ideas first. Reading them over will sometimes spark a new idea or help you to consider other thoughts you may have forgotten.

  • Use simple, everyday language–write it just like you would say it
    and your message will sound warmer and more personal.
  • Be honest–it’s okay to admit that this is a difficult thing to do or that you’re having trouble finding the right words. After all, you’re taking the time to
    express yourself and that’s a sincere gesture anyone can appreciate.
  • Keep in mind, many of the ideas and phrases we’ll be featuring in the months ahead can be used for many different occasions or situations. They can also be used in many ways–in letters, greeting cards, ecards, or notes.
    Or simply add one above your signature or to an ecard for a quick personal touch!

And now to the main feature…

What to Write in a Valentine

Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to express 
your loving or romantic soul! Which means you don’t have to just have a significant other to shower with hearts and flowers. Think about all the people around you who bring joy to your life. This is the day to send a little extra love their way, too.

If your valentine is going to a sweetheart, spouse or partner, remind them that life wouldn’t be the same without them. Be real, be authentic, be sweet, be loving. Go for the big words…after all, this is the person who keeps your blood pumping!

  • You’re the best part of my life.
  • You fill my heart with everything wonderful.
  • There’ll never be another you!
  • I’d be lost with you.
  • Loving you just comes naturally.
  • Lucky me–having you to love!
  • You’ll always be first in my life and in my heart.
  • You’re the smile at the end of my day.
  • I love you more than life itself!
  • You make my world a better place to be.

If your valentine is going to a friend, a family member, or perhaps your kids, then try a compliment. Let them know they mean the world to you.

  • You’re the best!
  • You rock!
  • You make me smile.
  • You amaze me!
  • I love you a bunch!
  • I love the way you smile (or sing, laugh, cook, dance…)
  • Everyone needs a friend (or sister, special kid, mom…) like you!
  • Your friendship (or smile, happiness…) means the world to me.
  • You’ve touched my life in a special way.
  • You make my world a better place to be. (Some thoughts work for
    more than one situation!)

Be funny if your relationship is new or one where cracking jokes makes you both laugh.
Be sweet if it’s your mom or your little brother. And it’s okay to simply send a “Happy Valentine’s Day to Someone Special” wish. After all, what your gesture is really saying is how much you care about and value the person you’re sending your card to.

So now that you’re in the mood to write, check your thesaurus for more adoring, caring, sultry, sweet, or funny words about love and send them on to the people in your life today. It’s sure to bring on a smile or maybe even a hugfest. Happy Valentine’s Day!










Today is Christmas Card Day…So Here Are Some Ideas of What to Write in Your Christmas Cards!

It seems like Christmas is right around the corner and you’re probably already busy decorating, buying gifts and getting ready to send out Christmas cards and ecards–but when you finally have the time to sit down and write them out it’s pretty easy to get writer’s block. Well, since today is Christmas Card Day, we just wanted to help you get started. Just click here and you’ll be directed to our blog that’s filled with lots of ideas for things you can add to your Christmas cards or at least help you get started with your own ideas.



Tips for Writing A Christmas Letter…

It’s that wonderful time of year when you look forward to connecting with friends and family, sending good tidings and sharing the events of your year in a Christmas letter.

Here are a few good tips to help you write an interesting and welcome piece that everyone will enjoy:

  • Be positive—share some special highlights from the year that might put a smile on the faces of those reading your letter…add some quips of cute things the kids have said, a photo of the dog wearing a funny hat, or unique anecdotes about things that happened during the year.
  • Share a little family history, something you’ve learned that makes a difference in the ways you approach life, or something you feel especially grateful for.
  • Perhaps try something a little different this year–let everyone in the family write a little section of the letter, adding their own unique perspective to the year.
  • If you have a unique achievement, mention it, but refrain from bragging. It’s best to leave the bragging rights to new grandmas and their favorite little ones.
  • If you traveled someplace special, you can share some of what you learned about your destination. Perhaps tell something about its people or culture that you found enjoyable or fascinating.
  • Share a little update about your family dynamics, especially marriages, graduations and other milestone events. Offer an insight about how that change has affected the family.
  • If you’ve discovered an intriguing method for preparing your favorite Christmas cookies, or you’ve learned how to make your own biscotti, why not share the recipe so everyone can try it if they like.
  • Be sure to encourage family and friends to keep you informed of their lives as well so they know you are truly interested in them.
  • Be sure to send your love, your good wishes, and your hopes for them for the year ahead. After all, the point of the letter is to keep you connected with the people who are truly important to you.
  • On a final note, remember to keep the letter about one page in length as everyone gets a lot of letters at Christmastime. Make sure it’s spaced well and is in a readable font. You might even add a nice quote to inspire everyone in the coming year.

Don’t forget to have fun writing your letter. Share your love, your heart, and your genuine delight in connecting with those who mean the world to you at Christmas and all through the year.