Love them or hate them, holiday letters will soon be arriving in a mailbox near you. Chances are you may even be preparing to write one of your own. But in this age of Twitter, Facebook and text messaging, many people have trouble with the art of letter writing.
That’s why John Llewellyn, associate professor of communication at Wake Forest University, came up with the YULE rule for writing a well-crafted, year-in-review letter. He says these four simple steps will help you compose a holiday letter that loved ones will actually enjoy reading.
Llewellyn points out that holiday letters can be even more meaningful now that so much of our communication is electronic. “You could dash if off, hit a magic button and send it to 100 people,” he says. “But since you’re choosing to do something more direct and intimate, it just makes sense to take the time to do it right.”
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