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How To Write A Christmas Letter People Will Actually Read

Nothing says "holiday season" -- short of digging out the black velvet and feeling guilty about not having any cash when passing charity bell-ringers -- as much as newsy Christmas letters. In the Facebook age, with people already drowning in daily minutiae from everyone in their social network, the traditional Christmas letter can seem like a musty relic. On the other hand, social media's constant deluge can make a thoughtful, well-crafted summary of the year's "greatest hits" a welcome change, and there's still nothing like seeing familiar handwriting peeking out from beneath a pile of bills.

Here's how to craft a Christmas letter that will arrive in the mail like a burst of pine-scented fresh air.

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