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Everything About Holiday Greetings

Update on December 27, 2011: For New Year's greetings, read this post.

At this time of year many people are asking questions about holiday greetings. In the spirit of the season, I have linked to a few of my popular posts on holiday greeting topics (below). 

In addition, an excellent resource for the correct dates of holidays around the globe is the University of Kansas Medical Center's Diversity Calendar. Click this link for a list of holidays in November and December 2011.

Here are practical posts on holiday greetings:

How Do You Like Your Holiday Cards? includes readers' opinions on printed cards vs. emailed Christmas and holiday greetings.

Giving Thanks to Customers, Employees, and Others includes 10 examples of thank-you messages. Note: In the United States, Thanksgiving is on November 24 this year.

Holiday Greetings Made Easy shares many tips on holiday greetings, from thanks and Thanksgiving to Christmas and Hanukkah messages to New Year's notes. Note: I have updated the blog post in my current newsletter article, "Holiday Messages Made Easy." If you do not receive the newsletter, Better Writing at Work," subscribe for free. The updated article includes a sample holiday greeting to send if you are in a job search.

Tips for Writing a Holiday Letter offers examples of how to share the year's highlights without sounding like a braggart.

On to New Year's Wishes answers your questions about how to render the holiday name correctly.

Happy New Year Sentiments and Sentences provides templates for messages.

Post-Holiday Writing Etiquette shares ideas on how to be gracious after the holidays.

Sending holiday messages is a perfect way to create and maintain business relationships. If the process seems intimidating, using the resources above will make it much easier. 

Enjoy!

Lynn
Syntax Training

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By Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston has helped thousands of employees and managers improve their business writing skills and confidence through her company, Syntax Training. In her corporate training career of more than 20 years, she has worked with executives, engineers, scientists, sales staff, and many other professionals, helping them get their messages across with clarity and tact.

A gifted teacher, Lynn has led writing classes at more than 100 companies and organizations such as MasterCard, Microsoft, Boeing, Nintendo, REI, AARP, Ledcor, and Kaiser Permanente. Near her home in Seattle, Washington, she has taught managerial communications in the MBA programs of the University of Washington and UW Bothell. She has created a communications course, Business Writing That Builds Relationships, and provides the curriculum at no cost to college instructors.

A recognized expert in business writing etiquette, Lynn has been quoted in "The Wall Street Journal," "The Atlantic," "Vanity Fair," and other media.

Lynn sharpened her business writing skills at the University of Notre Dame, where she earned a master's degree in communication, and at Bradley University, with a bachelor's degree in English. She grew up in suburban Chicago, Illinois.