While sending well wishes through text or email is perfectly acceptable in this day and age, there is still no better way to send holiday cheer than with . And this year, sending heartfelt personalized messages to friends and family might be more important than ever, when so many of us are spending the holidays apart from our far-flung loved ones. “One of the season’s simple pleasures is sitting down with a cup of and reading the ‘real mail’ holiday cards and letters,” says Jodi R.R. Smith, founder of . “There is something special about holding a piece of paper that was touched by someone you care about.”
But if you find yourself with a case of writer's block when you sit down with your stack of Christmas cards, don't get your jingle bells in a knot. Smith recommends keeping it short and simple. Summarize an accurate reflection of your positive life events — no boasting or embellishing — and feel free to include of your brood, so those you don't see often can check out just how much everyone has grown (or your new quarantine cuts!) Just don’t forget to “include well wishes to others in addition to your update,” says Smith. “After all, the holiday letter is part of your season's greeting to others.” Still need a little more specific guidance? These simple Christmas wishes will help you get started writing thoughtful notes for all the special people in your life.