While it's nice to hear what awards little Jimmy won this year, or what new job so-and-so started, an entertaining Christmas letter is bound to not only get read, but shared and maybe even posted on the refrigerator. This is also a great opportunity to prove to friends and family that the rumors are indeed true: you're a writer.
- Change Your Perspective. Write from the point-of-view of the family pet, an imaginary grouchy neighbor, or one of your book characters. And it's amazing how observant your Elf on a Shelf can be.
- Consider a Countdown. Channel your inner David Letterman and deliver a humorous Top Ten List. Who wouldn't want to read Top Ten Reasons to Not Write a Christmas Letter? (It's all about hooking the reader, right?)
- Borrow From the Masters. Everyone loves to read a fresh take on old classic. Liven up T'was the Night Before Christmas, The Twelve Days of Christmas, or even Jingle Bells with your own humorous, family-themed rendition.
- Tell a Story. Put your writing chops on display with a short and sweet holiday classic of your own whether it be a flash fiction piece, a song, or a poem. You could even make it a progressive story by adding a new installment every year.
Think outside the boxed holiday cards this year and consider giving the gift of storytelling.