How to Make a Great Year-In-Review Holiday Card
There’s a fine line between sharing enough and, well, too much. Friends and family members want to know about the broad strokes of your year, but likely don’t have the time to sit down and read a novel about it. The very best way to get the amount of content just right is by sending a year-in-review holiday card. Mixbook offers lots of options for summarizing the past twelve months so it reads short and sweet. Here are our six favorites:
Modern Year in Review features a bold top-five list.
Whimsy Year in Review organizes your family highlights magazine style.
Newspaper Year in Review includes all the news that’s fit to print – journalist style.
Vintage Year in Review puts your best memories in a classic typographical broadside design.
Family Review creates a simple photographic timeline, especially ideal for tracking the growth of a baby (or puppy! or belly!) over the course of the year.
Arrow Year in Review organizes your family milestones on a visually beautiful timeline.
Family Review Talk Bubbles organizes the highlights of your year with funny lists and silly stats.
Just like with the amount of content you share, the nature of the content matters too. Holiday cards are meant to make people feel warm and fuzzy, and too much bragging can make people feel inferior or put-off, which is clearly at odds with the intention. But at the same time, you want to believe that the friends and family you’re sending cards to are some of your biggest champions, sharing in the joy of any and all accomplishments you’ve had. Here’s how to strike the perfect balance between humility and pride, for a year-in-review card that everyone enjoys receiving in their mailbox.
Share the Big Milestones, but Include a Few Follies Just because you share the good things that happen to you doesn’t mean you’re sending out a brag card. But remember a little humility. For every cross-country record broken, promotion awarded, or trophy won, make mention of something either slightly self-deprecating or just plain silly. For example, you might say: Joey managed to earn honor roll every semester! He’s also whittled his detention rate down to half of what it was this time last year! Or, about your cherubic 2-year-old, you might say: Sam is walking and talking up a storm! And he’s also dropped from 3 tantrums a day to 2 – progress! Of course that’s my sense of humor – yours might be far different, but you get the idea.
Skip the Photoshop Ugly sweaters, funny faces, and crying babies. We love them all! The best Christmas memories feel real, so why shouldn’t the photos that represent them? And speaking of photos…for crying out loud, include pics of everyone not just the kids! The idea that people only want to see smooth-skinned, fresh-faced youngsters is bogus. I love the kids, sure, but it’s likely that I’ve loved the old folks for far longer – and I want to see you! And, no, I’m not calling you old.
If You Airbrush Anything, Make it Your Ailments If being ill or in and out of the hospital was a big part of your year, you obviously can’t write a year-in-review card without including some mention. But do your best to make it positive. Instead of talking about all that was endured, focus on the good stuff: if the outcome is still unknown or the story is not entirely happy, focus on the strength you’ve gained along the way – or the importance of caring family and friends in the process. Nobody wants to hear about the kids’ bouts of chicken pox or a botched hip replacement on a Christmas card.
PS: Thanksgiving is in THREE DAYS! If you don’t yet have a great holiday photo to use on your card, Thursday’s celebration can be the perfect opportunity to snap a last-minute shot of the whole family dressed in their holiday best! There’s a good chance there will be ugly sweaters, funny faces AND crying babies…at my house anyway.
Happy Mixbooking! Keep it real.