Wow! The Homeschool Minute readers totally rock!
Here are some of the FABULOUS creative Christmas letter ideas that our readers submitted via email:
- Last year we thought of television show titles that seemed appropriate to events from our year. Here are a few of the entries:
Merry Christmas from the M family! What would your year look like if you described it according to TV show titles? (I’m sure this is a burning question for all of you.) Ours would look something like this:
Lost – While we’ve never actually seen this show, it could aptly describe K and C’s teeth. K lost 4 over a period of three months. C, not to be outdone, lost her first shortly thereafter.
The Office – OK, another one we’ve not actually seen. But it doesn’t really matter, because Dh no longer goes to the office. 2008 saw a dramatic increase in his consulting business, so we’ve returned to the land of the self-employed. We’re thankful that God has blessed his business so much more than we deserve.
Extreme Home Makeover – We had our own version of this show, just without the lights, cameras and one-week deadline. We spent most of the year working on the remodel, changing our small, awkwardly laid out two bedroom home into a larger, open three bedroom with room for D to work and the kids to do school work or head off to their own rooms. With the remodel, R has learned more about the Albuquerque area dumps than you’d ever want to know. And while the country is struggling financially, D and R have attempted to single-handedly keep the area Home Depot and Lowe’s in business.
(I’m leaving out a huge section of her Christmas letter, but I love how she ended it… -Nancy)
It’s a Wonderful Life – Finally, no holiday season would be complete without this timeless classic. Ours is a wonderful life, thanks entirely to Christ’s love and His ultimate sacrifice. Praying that His love changes your holiday and your lives!
Submitted by Robin
And here are some comments from The Old Schoolhouse Facebook page:
When I was 6 months pregnant–for our first child– our letter came from his point of view. We didn’t know if we were having a boy or girl, so we just said "Baby D". The next 2 years it also came from him. Friends and family loved it! It was a fresh take. Not just a letter from mom: "so and so did this, so and so did that". It’s become that in the past few years as my boys have grown. I’m determined this year to make it unique in some way again! Thanks for the inspiration! – Joie
We really had fun one year and sent out a Mad Lib as our Christmas letter! I included our e-mail address for people to send us their version of our Christmas letter with their words filled in, then I would send them the actual letter with the correct words. It was kind of a fun way to write about our family that year. I was thinking it might be fun to do it again! :o) – Yvonne
I don’t have the time or energy at Christmas, so I picked another holiday. We happened to choose Valentines Day. I figure people get lots of Christmas cards they don’t have time to read, so if I’… See Morem going to take the time to write it, I want somebody to have the time to read it. People are surprised and seem happy to get a Valentine’s card (We try to keep it short and sweet, but include a picture, greeting, some kind of thing we’ve learned to appreciate through the year, and keep it low on the boring details.) – Jennifer
I have to say my favorites are those that are ‘real’ and funny. I don’t like those that seem like mini resumes of accomplishments (bragging). I rather hear how the Lord has blessed a family/person than how advanced a reader a child is, but that is just my preference. With that said, my Christmas letter is not really a… See More letter at all but more of a newsletter. I call it The Santiago Fun-Times, and people always tell me they love getting it because it’s funny. I format it like a newspaper (one sheet, front & back) and have sections like The Sports Section (My husband is a coach) and ‘Arts and Leisure’ where I write real things about our family but in short articles. It’s fun to write & read & I need to get started on it. 😉 -Jasmine
We’ve done the newspaper format (with a variety of articles from different "reporters") as well as a "menu" outlining a smorgasbord of appetizers, entreés, and desserts from which our readers could "taste" a year’s worth of our family’s activities. – Paula
We started doing Christmas letters the year after my oldest was born. That first letter was a simple summary of our year as a new family. We change it up every year. One year the highlights were summarized in a seasons theme (winter, spring, summer, fall). Another year, we did a top ten list. We did an acrostic of CHRISTMAS. Last year we did a multiple choice quiz and that was the one that got the most compliments so far. This year the theme was TWO because events in our lives were doubled. – Anna
I really appreciate you all taking the time to write in and share these awesome ideas. Readers on the FB page are already saying how much these suggestions have helped them!
Anyone else have a creative idea to share? Just leave it in the comments section!
P.S. – You can still read The Homeschool Minute issue on Christmas Letters if you haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet. The Familyman has some great things to remember when you’re writing your family’s Christmas letter.