Modern Christmas newsletter

7 November 2012

In addition to our photo Christmas cards, I think we’ll be sending a newsletter! Did your families send holiday newsletters when you were younger? Do they still send one? My family always did, and I loved it! In fact, once I was in about sixth grade, I was often recruited to write it — my Dad and I alternated years :) Even in the age of Facebook, I still LOVE reading all the letters we get from other families, families I’ve known my whole life, when I go home for Christmas. My Dad is in the military, so my parents have lots of far-flung friends that I remember from my childhood but haven’t seen in years. My sisters and parents and I have been known to sit at the kitchen table and pass the letters around the circle, discussing the neatly-encapsulated contents as we read!

Our newsletters were always fairly simple affairs, graphically speaking — printed on plain paper, or maybe holiday letterhead, if my Mom was feeling fancy. I’m hoping to step up the game a bit for my and John’s debut, and am taking inspiration from these beauties I found around the internet:

By Amanda Jane Jones. Go here to see more angles!

Also by Amanda. More here!

By Aprile Elcich.

I’ll update you once ours is complete!

7 Responses to “Modern Christmas newsletter”

  1. I love this idea! I have never heard of it, or seen one, but I LOVE it! Awesome tradition!

  2. Victoria

    Such a great idea! Love the examples!

  3. Hello Emily,

    LOVE these!!! Haven’t ever seen something like this before, but they are so graphically gorgeous and such easy reads for friends to get a good snapshot of your year. Looks like an awesome tradition to start. Who is making it up for you? You or are you outsourcing? (I’d love to know where I could get something like this done… for “one day”).

    On a side note, lovely blog. I pop in occasionally for ideas. A big congratulations on your recent wedding xx

  4. Em

    Hi Annie! I’m going to attempt it myself :) But, if you’re looking to outsource, I’m sure lots of graphic designers would be eager for the job! My invite designer, Jess from Magpie Paper Works, does lots of custom projects, so if it were me, I would start with her! :) Minted also introduced some more standard cards with a similar idea, so I’d take a look at those, too!

  5. Thank you very much for taking the time to reply. Good luck with the designing!

  6. I truly love this idea!:) Definitely not up for it this year, but tucking it away as a future thought!

  7. Wow – I love this idea! I love the graphic take on a newsletter – I’m now thinking about creating something similar for our Christmas cards!