Jo Sanford, etiquette expert at online personalised card company, Yellowpostie, shares her top tips when it comes to writing a meaningful – but not cheesy – Christmas card message.
A lot of people don’t take much time over writing a message in a card, but a clumsily phrased verse can come across as careless and can often detract from your initial good intentions.
1) Humour – use with caution! Does he/she share your sense of humour? If not, steer clear of this style of writing; you don’t want to offend!
2) Avoid pretentions. Try not to use words or phrases you wouldn’t normally use or it’ll sound like someone else has written it! Stick to your comfort zone and think about how you’d normally talk to that person.
3) Repetition. Avoid using the same words more than once – this can sometimes sound a little clumsy.
4) Brain dump. If you’re struggling for inspiration, then try jotting down your thoughts in a ‘brain dump’ – then highlight the important phrases that you like, and then try to link them together – you’ll be surprised at how effective this can be.
5) Opposites. For inspiration, think about opposites; “It’s the little things that you do that make me love you in a big way.
6) Make it personal. Whether you’re writing to your best friend or a loose work colleague, it’s a lovely idea to put a personal message in the card. Whether it’s about a shared experience, or a reference to their family.
Remember - don’t fear when it comes to writing a card’s verse. You don’t need to be a top poet or writer in order to put something together meaningful in your Christmas cards.