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What to include – and avoid – in your holiday card

Published On: Nov 19 2013 09:10:38 AM CST
Updated On: Nov 18 2014 09:36:01 AM CST
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Sending holiday cards is a nice gesture and fun holiday tradition. However, deciding what to include – and not include – in your card can be a struggle for some.

Before you write out your holiday cards for this season, consider these suggestions.

Share your success, but don’t brag

The biggest problem some holiday card senders face is how to share accomplishments without sounding too braggy. When sending a card to a friend or a family member, you want to include your success throughout the year. After all, they are your loved ones, so they want to know that you are happy and doing well. However, as to not sound like you are bragging, also show some humility. Feel free to share a couple of humorous moments from your year as well.

Don’t be a downer

While you don’t want to sound like you’re bragging in a holiday card, you also don’t want your card to be depressing. If you’ve had a rough year, it’s OK to share that, but try to put a positive spin on it. Or if there isn’t a way to make a joke about it or water it down, then just be sure not to dwell on it. It’s OK to be honest with your friends and family, but they likely don’t need to know every sad detail of the situation.

How to share an illness

If illness was a big part of your year, then that’s an OK item to include in your holiday card. Try not to include every detail. While your loved ones care about you and your health, they don’t necessarily need to hear about every medication you’re on or every trip to the doctor’s office. See if you can pull some positive details out and focus on those instead.