Q: I have noticed that more and more people are sending lengthy family ‘newsletters’ in Christmas cards. I have even seen these suggested in magazines as a way to keep people informed. I have always included a handwritten note to those with whom I exchange cards and rarely communicate with otherwise. What is the proper form of written communication in this case?
A: There really are no rules, and some people take this time to type, copy and insert in their cards a lengthy recap of the year. This is all right, as long as their letters are not gloomy or depressing. A hand written note is of course always thoughtful and appreciated, but it is your choice.