Creative Christmas Letter Ideas

creative christmas letter ideasWho says a family Christmas letter has to be a letter? Here are some creative Christmas letter ideas to help you create a holiday update that everyone will enjoy reading.

1. Christmas Newsletter – If chronicling your entire year in one long letter seems too daunting, think of a few major events and write a short summary of each one to create a personal newsletter. You can use programs such as Microsoft Publisher to format your Christmas newsletter into a fun update, or try one of our printable Word Christmas letter templates.

2. Multiple choice quiz or crossword puzzle – What did your son do in the school talent contest this year? How many colors did you look at before you decided to paint the kitchen walls a light blue? Keep your readers guessing by putting together a quiz or crossword puzzle that gives highlights from your year. You can find free online programs to help you with the formatting. Also, be sure to check the creative Christmas letter examples for ideas.

3. Christmas story – If you enjoy writing, create a story that weaves the events of your year into a Christmas-themed narrative. For help, use our instant Christmas letter generator (still on the old Christmas Letter site) or see the creative Christmas letter examples.

4. Christmas Slideshow – If you have a digital camera and a CD burner, consider making a slideshow CD to include with your Christmas card instead of a letter. Simply select a favorite song or a Christmas carol and add photos for a fun way to share images of your year. Services such as Shutterfly make it easy to create your photo show, or use an online digital scrapbooking service such as Smilebox.

5. Photo Layout – If wordsmithing isn’t your strength, skip the Christmas letter all together and send family and friends a page of photos printed from your computer. Make the photos different shapes and sizes and use captions to tell about things that happened to your family throughout the year. Or if you don’t have time to print your own Christmas photos and want to save time, you can always find beautiful Photo Christmas Cards online.

6. Top 10 list – What are the 10 most important things that happened to your family this year? How about the most humorous? Or most unbelievable? A top 10 list can be a fun and easy way to describe your family’s year. Think David Letterman and you’ll be on your way.

7. C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S spells Christmas – Eddy Arnold’s 1961 song that gives a meaning for each letter of the word “Christmas” is a great example of how to turn a single word into a story. What did those letters mean to your family this year? C is for a trip to California? H is for the new house you bought? Use the letters of a Christmas-related word or phrase to create a Christmas letter people will be sure to remember.

8. Guest Author – How would your five-year-old child describe the year? Try writing your letter from the perspective of your child, another family member, your new neighbors, a pet, or any other person that could give your letter a fresh new outlook.

Check this page for links to samples of Christmas letters created by real people.

  8 comments for “Creative Christmas Letter Ideas

  1. September 14, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Our family has been weaving themes into our family news since 1985. If anyone wants to see 30 creative examples of what we have done, they can go to our website,

  2. June 15, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Outstanding tips on Christmas letters.

  3. Stef Mansfield
    December 16, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Last year I wrote a letter authored by our pets. My daughters guinea pigs told about things they did in her room while she was gone that told about her…ie, they played with her soccer ball and wore her girl scout sash…the dog told about my son’s comings and goings for football and hunting, etc….

  4. December 18, 2011 at 4:47 am

    I’ve been writing newsletters since 1999. In 2007, because of the “007”, I wrote a newsletter with a James Bond theme, using each Bond film title in the newsletter. In 2009, I wrote a newsletter from the perspective of Sarah Palin, which many people found hilarious (my most popular newsletter ever). This year, because I work for a music company, I decided to go with a “Billboard Top 20 Singles” chart, using real song titles to prompt a short paragraph / couple sentences about an event in my life.

    Some newsletters I love was a rare one by a good friend of mine, who simply wrote 10 news headlines (he’s a journalism professor). I was stunned how much he was able to convey (and hilarious!) with a short headline. Each year, though, another friend of mine beats all the others. Not only is he laugh out loud funny, but creative, as well. He has written from the perspective of his not yet born son, a gratitude newsletter, newspaper style, and even a missing person’s bulletin (when they moved). I always eagerly await his newsletter each year!

    I already have next year’s newsletter theme in mind. Can’t wait to write it!

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