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How to Create an Electronic Christmas Letter

Updated on December 12, 2014

It's Easy to Create a Digital Christmas Letter

Looking for creative Christmas letter ideas? How about tossing the traditional paper and envelope and going digital? You can create a great-looking electronic Christmas letter online in minutes and customize it with your own photos, music and text.

Then send it instantly via email, post it to your blog or Facebook or burn it to DVD. You can even print it out and send it the old-fashioned way, if you're not quite ready to do away with the paper and envelopes. It's great for sending last-minute holiday letters. Here's how to create your own electronic Christmas letter online.

(Image created with a Smilebox digital Christmas letter template)

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electronic christmas letter

Create Your Electronic Christmas Letter in Minutes

Drag, drop, type and you're done

It was only a matter of time before someone made it easy to create digital Christmas letters online, and Smilebox has done it. This website can help you create a free personalized Christmas letter that you can share online in just minutes.

With over 1000 designs for all occasions, Smilebox offers a variety of personalized digital creations, from slideshows and party invitations to electronic calendars and recipe cards. These options are available all year long, and for Christmas they have special templates that include holiday designs. They also offer designs for Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. The most difficult part thing about using Smilebox may actually be choosing a template because they have so many and they're all so good. The letters shown at right and above were both made using Smilebox. These are static screenshots of the actual electronic greeting, which includes music and animation. Once you've chosen a template, basically all you have to do is drag and drop your photos, add some text, click a few options and you're done.

Is it really that easy? Yes, it's really that easy. That's what I love about this site - you need virtually no skill to create a great-looking electronic Christmas letter or any other digital creation, and it only takes a few minutes. Once you download the Smilebox application, you're ready to get started creating your own electronic Christmas letter.

Electronic Christmas letters save trees!

Create Electronic Christmas Slideshows, Too - Another example of what you can do

With Smilebox, you can make electronic Christmas letters, greeting cards, invitations, recipe cards, calendars, photo slideshows and more. Here's an example of one holiday slideshow you can create. This was made with a holiday slideshow template from Smilebox.

More Creative Christmas Letters - Never again worry about sending a boring Christmas eltter

I bought this book several years ago when it first came out, and I love it. The author provides real examples of fun Christmas letters (as well as quizzes, newsletters and games) she has actually sent out, and they serve as wonderful examples of how to make a Christmas letter interesting. If you want to have some fun with your holiday letter, this book will help you come up with some great ideas.

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!

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.


Christmas Letter Templates

If you prefer a printed letter...

Some people prefer sending paper Christmas letters, but you can still take advantage of the digital age by using a Christmas letter template rather than buying preprinted stationery. These templates from are saved as Microsoft Word documents that you can download and personalize at home. You'll never need to worry about having too many or too few sheets of stationery, so there's no waste.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a great idea!