Many of us receive Christmas cards only to throw them away. No matter how well the card is designed, if the words written within it are not personal and sincere, it is useless in making the receiver feel really loved and lacks meaning.
We have all received a Christmas card from somebody who has simply written our name at the top and signed their name at the bottom. Although appreciated, receiving these kinds of cards can make one think that not much thought, effort or time was given in sending a card resulting in apathy.
Lots of people send greeting cards like this, because they lack confidence, not care. They may doubt their ability to express how they really feel. Given that words don't come easy, here are 3 things to consider when writing a truly meaningful Christmas card message to your friends filled with joy.
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It is always nice to start your Christmas card with a sentence or two that affirms the things the receiver has been through that year. Whether they have experienced success or suffered a great loss, receiving a card that begins with celebrating all the ways they have been strong, shown resilience, or accomplished achievements, lets the receiver know that you are invested in their life. When people know that another is aware of their circumstances, they feel seen and known, which encourages openness and strengthens the relationship.
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It is good to receive thanks. When we know that we are appreciated it makes our efforts and sacrifice feel valued. When writing your Christmas card message, be specific about how the receiver helped you. Tell them how they help make you feel. Let them know how their support changed the situation. People love to hear stories of how they have made an impact and the consequences of their generosity.
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Telling our friends all the ways you wish them well, not only empowers them, it also improves the relationship. Comparison can really hurt a good friendship. When we express goodwill we eradicate envy and unhealthy competitiveness. Take a moment to think of all the things you wish would come their way. Convey the deep hopes you have for them concerning the coming year.
This year, take your Christmas cards to another level by considering what the receiver has been through, thanking them for their support and expressing the hopes you have for them for this holiday season. It is always better to write a card that is a little vulnerable than one that doesn't express any feeling at all.
Be brave, write with heart and remember the magic is in the detail.