Christmas is a great time to reconnect with family and friends, and many people send out letters that update everyone on their family's latest news and activities during the year. New technology now allows many families to send those letters through e-mail rather than incur the expense of mailing them through the U.S. mail.
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Things you need
- E-mail account
- Contact list of e-mail addresses of friends, family and acquaintances
Create your newsletter using your computer's word processing or document software. Compose a short letter containing the news you wish to share and spell check it. Save the file, giving it an easy-to-identify name like "Christmas Newsletter 2010."
Explore some free graphics websites to find a holiday border print to dress up your letter. There are plenty of sites where you can download holiday borders for free. Download a border by right-clicking on the border you choose and select "Save Image as..." and give it a title.
Copy the text from your newsletter file by selecting "Edit" > "Select All" > "Copy." Paste the text from your newspaper file into your border file using "edit" > "Paste." Adjust the space as necessary and save the file by holding the "Ctrl" key and "S" key down simultaneously.
Create a distribution list for your letter. Copy or type all the email addresses for your friends and family into a text file. Separate each e-mail address by a comma. Save the text file by holding the "Ctrl" key and "S" key down simultaneously.
Open your e-mail program and prepare your newsletter for sending. Copy the email addresses in the text file by selecting "Edit" > "Select All" > "Copy." Paste the email addresses into the address field in your e-mail by holding the "Ctrl" key and "V" key down simultaneously. Give your e-mail a subject name like "Christmas Greetings from the Brown Family."
Click on the attachment button in your e-mail menu bar and select your Christmas newsletter file from your "My Documents" folder and click "OK." If you have pictures or other small files to add, attach them using the same process. Be careful not to send large files linked together or you may find the files hang or overload the mailbox of your recipients.
Click "Send" and you are done. Your family and friends should receiving your Christmas letter immediately.
Tips and warnings
- Don't try to send files with lots of pictures via e-mail unless you reduce the file size. Instead, group those pictures and upload them to a web page or picture sharing site and include the URL in your newsletter as a clickable link.
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