Christmastime is a chance to reconnect with friends and distant family. It’s a time to send an updated picture of your crew–the one that you paid oodles of money for, bought expensive coordinating outfits, and forced your kids to get along for thirty minutes. It’s also a time to send out the family letter. Some people get creative with timelines, riddles, and poems. But let’s get real. This is your opportunity to brag about just about everything in your life and not feel weird about it. This is how you do it…
Use your Christmas letter as a supplement to your resume. Go ahead and list out any sort of promotions, raises, or big accounts that you managed to swing. Include the link to your TED talk. Heck, you might even want to include a copy of the article you are mentioned in.
Think back to all of the restaurants you ate at over the past year. You could go two directions here. You could either brag about the most expensive restaurant and best ambiance. Or you could brag about the restaurant with the best food. Be sure to use detail in explaining each scrumptious morsel that was on your plate.
Travel. Don’t ever leave vacations out of your family letter. Talk about the upgrade to first class, people you met, the food you ate, the view from your Airbnb. And be sure to include a foreign phrase, showing your friends that you are basically bilingual now.
Now comes your chance to brag, big time, about your awesome kids. There are obviously multiple categories here. Academics, music, and sports. List all of your high schooler’s AP and honors classes and how many times they were on Honor Roll. Be sure to include their SAT scores. People love that. Explain how your daughter is now playing not one instrument, but two. And don’t forget to mention that her lacrosse team came in first place for the season, all because of…you guessed it, your star player.
Lastly, don’t write your letter from the perspective of the family dog. Yes, it’s cute. But come on, Rufus could never brag as well as you can.
I'm Erin, and typos drive me crazy! I'm an MBA graduate with over 15 years of experience in HR, small business management, academia, and social media. I am a wife, mother, half marathon runner, and lover of the outdoors.