ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Creative Christmas Letter Ideas

Updated on January 5, 2014

Christmas Letter Ideas That Will Add the Jolly to your Holly Jolly Holiday Update

Do you dread writing your annual Christmas letter? Is it a chore to put words to paper? Then forget everything you learned in high school about writing and just have fun! these creative Christmas letter ideas will help you break out of the humdrum holiday mold and create a letter you'll have fun writing and your recipients will have fun reading.

(Image of Christmas letter paper from Zazzle)

Who 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 detailing 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 using a ready-made Christmas letter template.

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.

3. Christmas story - If you enjoy creative writing, create a story that weaves the events of your year into a Christmas-themed narrative. For some people, writing a short story is easier than writing a narrative letter.

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 writing 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.

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.

Let your imagination run wild! There are plenty of other creative ways to write your Christmas letter. Once you stop thinking about all the rules of letter writing and instead focus on having fun and telling your story, you'll be on your way to a great creative Christmas letter that will be fun for you to create and for others to read (or watch, or otherwise enjoy!).

Integrate Your Christmas Letter with Your Holiday Cards

Print your letter on your cards

There's no need to print and stuff separate sheets of paper into these holiday cards. You can include your Christmas letter right in these cards.

Photo Blocks and StripesCHECK PRICE

Photo Collage Holiday CardsCHECK PRICE

Creative Storybook Holiday CardCHECK PRICE

Candy Cane NewsletterCHECK PRICE

Merry Year NewsletterCHECK PRICE

North Pole NewsletterCHECK PRICE

Personalized Postage Stamps for Your Christmas Letter

Adding personalized USPS postage stamps is another great way to have fun with your holiday cards and letters. Here are a few of the options you can customize online at Zazzle.

Personalized Ink Stamps for Your Christmas Letters

Make a mark with these self-inking stamps

Another way to add a personal touch to your Christmas letters is to stamp a personal message either on the letter itself or on the outer envelope. You can buy inexpensive rubber stamps depicting holiday images, or if you want to splurge, you can get a customized self-inking stamp with your choice of image and your own personalized text. Expressionery carries a nice selection, including stamps with candy canes, snowflakes, Christmas trees, reindeer, and messages such as "Peace on Earth." You can use the outer ring of the stamp to include your return address, or you can create a custom message such as "Happy Holidays from the Smith Family" or "Merry Christmas from John, Sue and Bobby Smith."

(Image of self-inking Christmas stamp provided by Expressionery)

More Ideas for Creative Christmas Letters - Need more ideas?

There's more to writing a great Christmas letter than choosing the right Christmas letterhead paper designs. This book will give you dozens of great ideas for years to come.

Ideas for Writing Creative Christmas Letters: That People Are Actually Eager to Read!
Ideas for Writing Creative Christmas Letters: That People Are Actually Eager to Read!
Book description: Ideas for Writing Creative Christmas Letters That People Are Actually Eager to Read! offers a unique solution to the "boring brag letter" problem at Christmas time. This first-of-its-kind book instructs the reader how to transform the annual family newsletter into one that is so interesting and entertaining that even the busiest holiday reveler can hardly put it down. The secret is to weave a theme into the family news. The book offers 30 theme ideas, strategies and sample letters to inspire the family author.

You might know JibJab as the creative force behind the popular Elf Yourself site. But that's not all they do. They also make a fun selection of holiday ecards Starring You!. It only takes a few minutes to personalize a card, and they're lots of fun.

If all your friends and family have kept up with you on Facebook and you don't need to send a whole letter to summarize your year, one of these fun cards might be a great alternative!

You Might Also Like... - More pages about Christmas

How to Write Family Christmas Letters
Love 'em or hate 'em, family Christmas letters have become a part of our culture. Each year, millions of people send and receive these annual updates...

Green Your Holidays with a Christmas Letter Template
If you're looking for ways to have a greener Christmas, consider using a downloadable Christmas letter template to help you with your holiday letter writ...

How to Write Business Christmas Letters & Cards
At the end of the year, it's customary for businesses to send holiday greetings or letters to clients, vendors, and other business associates. But what s...

How to Create Free Printable Santa Letters
Even Santa needs a little help! Here's some advice on how to help the Jolly Old Elf send a Santa letter to your little one, complete with a postmark from...

100% Recycled Christmas Paper for Your Holiday Letters
Finding recycled Christmas paper at your local stationery or office supply store can be challenging. They may not always carry recycled stationery or, if the...

Santa Letter Template
Back in the old days, before Santa letter templates existed, Santa Claus had to write and send all his letters by hand. But the world was a much smaller plac...

Christmas Letter Paper
There's more to choosing Christmas letter paper than selecting a pretty background design. This page gives tips on choosing the right holiday stationer...

Do You Have Creative Christmas Letter Ideas You'd Like to Share?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • NausetViews profile image


      7 years ago from Boston

      Great Christmas letter ideas. I love the idea of doing it in the format of a quiz. Makes it more fun for the reader.

    • shandigp profile image


      8 years ago

      actually, just bold. :) If I make a letter using any of your ideas I'll send you a copy to use as an example.

    • shandigp profile image


      8 years ago

      Great Christmas letter (and all family-type letters) ideas!

      I think making the letter idea names bold (e.g. 5. Photo Layout -) or even breaking them out into individual modules would make each idea more important, less easy to skip over, and easier to read. Thanks for this lens. *blessed*

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      nice! :)

    • Joy Neasley profile image

      Joy Neasley 

      9 years ago from Nashville, TN

      great ideas. Thanks.

    • Gamganny profile image


      9 years ago

      Great Ideas for Christmas Letters.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)