Is putting a "newsletter" in a Christmas card a stupid idea?

posted 3 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: Is it silly, braggy or annoying?
    No-- I like to read what's been going on with people : (63 votes)
    54 %
    Yes-it seems narcissistic and no one really cares : (54 votes)
    46 %
    I : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @Mrs_Amanda:  Okay… we get 2 a year. One from a family we don’t even know who sends one and we enjoy reading because we don’t know who they are. And another which a lady sends and IS braggy. It is written in an obnoxious way and makes it a running joke to read aloud each year. I think if you write it tastefully it could be nice but from the two my family gets I don’t think I would write one. I’d email instead.

    Post # 4
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    2720 posts
    Sugar bee

    I think it’s fine. My MIL sends one every year to over 100 families. I always enjoyed getting them before getting married. Now I’m in them and I’m sure my wedding will be featured.

    Post # 5
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    6273 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    i know a few people who do this.  it is nice to read, especially for family members who you don’t see often. 

    Post # 6
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    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    I think in your case it would be okay.

    In general I am not a huge fan, but I often get them from people I barely know. One family sends one that is written from the point of view of their dog…and signed by their dog. To me some of them get a bit strange, some are too braggy, and some are just funny.

    But if I was a close family member of yours and you wrote a nice letter I would appreciate it.

    Post # 7
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    3777 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    If you live out of state, and I don’t get to see you or hear how you’re doing, then I don’t mind the letter. It’s the families who live 20 mins away, who I see on a regular basis that annoy me. I think by selecting certain people on your list you will weed out the people who would be annoyed and send to the people who would most enjoy it.

    Post # 8
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    451 posts
    Helper bee

    I said No because of the 3 page red paper nightmares I’ve gotten in the past.  But based on what you’ve said, if you could keep it concise enough to be a one sided 5×7 paper (or whatever fits in your card) then it would be very nice.

    Post # 9
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    748 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I think it’s fine since it’s a select list, they’re obviously close to you so it’s not bragging. Also it seems more personal and less braggy if you personalize the letter with “dear ____” at the top even if it’s a form letter. 

    Post # 10
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    1083 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @Mrs_Amanda:  I think it’s fine! Personally I like reading those, especially if you have had an interesting year.

    It’s like the Geller Yeller!

    Post # 11
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    9529 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I like them! It’s a good way for me to keep up with the lives of friends or family that have moved away. 

    Mostly, I’ve found that if you like the person then you’ll like the newsletter. Because the only braggy newsletter I get is from someone who is braggy in real life. So whatevs. If you keep it fun and short and informative, I think they can be nice. 

    Post # 12
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    5008 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    A cousin of my moms used to send us one (we’d never met them!) and we used to make SO MUCH FUN OF THEM! The mom clearly wrote it but she would talk about herself in 3rd person. All I remember is she used to go to a ton of quilting conventions and she always wrote about that.

    That being said, I think its fine to write one if you have big news to share (wedding, getting engaged, babies, etc.) but I think they’re silly mostly. 

    Post # 13
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    1302 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think it is fine in your case, espcially since you are only send them to 6 people, they live out of state and they don’t have Facebook.

    Post # 14
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    1177 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @Mrs_Amanda:  I think it’s a great idea! I will be doing this next year. We have family all over and some we don’t see but every 3 years.

    Post # 15
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    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @Mrs_Amanda:  I have never heard of that. Newsletters are for companies, not people. Just my opinion, but if I was important to you then you’d keep me up to date during the year rather than sending me an end of the year update 😛 I wouldn’t like this at all. A personal letter? Sure. A newsletter? I would think, is she serious? 

    That’s just me though! 

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