Update on December 27, 2011: For New Year's wishes, read this post.
As the year ends, many people in business are emailing new year's greetings to clients, customers, patrons, volunteers, and employees. If you are at a loss for what to say or how to say it, consider these examples.
To a customer:
Thank you for your business in 2005. It has been a pleasure helping you reach your goals. We are grateful for good customers like you, who make our work satisfying and enjoyable.
We look forward to working with you in 2006 and contributing to your success. We wish you a prosperous and happy new year!
To a client or customer:
I wish you a wonderful new year filled with abundance, joy, and treasured moments. May 2006 be your best year yet!
To a patron or volunteer:
Happy New Year! Thanks to supporters like you, 2005 was a very successful year for us. We were able to exceed our goals and expand our services to the needy because of the generosity and commitment of people like you. [You may provide details.] Thank you so much!
We wish you a new year filled with peace, joy, and meaning.
Happy New Year! Yes, we survived 2005. In fact, we thrived because of your incredible hard work, creativity, and dedication.
I am personally grateful to each one of you for your tremendous efforts, and I wish everyone a rewarding, joyous new year. I look forward to working with you in 2006.
Note: Since New Year's Day falls on Sunday, many people in North America will have the day off work on Monday. If you email your greetings on Tuesday, January 3, or even later in the week, you will still be on time.
For ways to say Happy New Year in many different languages, visit Omniglot. For reminders on new year celebrations in various cultures, visit the KUMC page detailing ethnic and religious celebrations. For example, January 29 is the Chinese Lunar New Year, celebrated in China, Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam. March 22 is New Year's Day in India, and Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, falls on September 23-24.
Happy New Year! I look forward to helping you with your business writing in 2006. Please feel free to email your specific questions to me. I'll be happy to answer them individually or in a future blog post.
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