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Send Your Holiday Greetings!

This post was written by Shun Ping Huang ’17, Peer Career Ambassador.

For us aspiring students, the holiday season is one of our busiest networking time-frames because it is that time of the year when we are able reach out to professionals without feeling like we are taking up too much of their time. We simply wish them Happy Holidays, which gives them time to appreciate the holidays despite their busy schedule.

Should we send them an email or a handwritten card?

If you can, always send them a handwritten card, if you cannot, an email is better than nothing! Whether you choose to reach out to professionals through email, LinkedIn, or a holiday card, we should be grateful, professional, creative, and wish them well. Here is a brief sample template that you can follow:

Dear _______,

Form of greeting. 1 – 2 sentences thanking them (this is also a great way to jog their memory as to who you are).

Update them on your progress (if appropriate).


Sign your card

Include your email and phone number

Here is a list of holiday greetings:

  1. “Hoping you are surrounded by love and warmth this holiday season.”
  2. “May the magic of love twinkle in your lives throughout the holiday season and the upcoming new year.”
  3. “Wishing you health, comfort and prosperity this holiday season.”
  4. “May beautiful moments and happy memories surround you with joy this Christmas.”
  5. “Wishing you a festive holiday season and a peaceful New Year!”
  6. “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with you this year.  Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with all good things.”
  7. “Heartfelt greetings and bountiful blessings to you and yours this holiday season.”
  8. “Hope the holidays bring you many reasons to smile.”
  9. “Wishing you good times, good cheer and a Happy New Year!”
  10. “May your holidays sparkle and shine with good cheer!”
  11. “Wishing you the joy of family, the happiness of friends and the love of Christmas!”
  12. “May the peace and beauty of the season remain with you throughout the coming year.”
  13. “The year-end brings no greater pleasure than the opportunity to express to you season’s greetings and good wishes.  May your holidays and New Year be filled with much happiness!”
  14. “May your holidays be merry and bright!”
  15. “At this joyous time of year, I are grateful for you. Wishing you abundance, happiness and peace in a New Year filled with hope.  Happy Holidays!”

For more holiday greetings, visit:  http://paperyofphilly.com/content/2011/12/tips-for-what-to-write-in-your-holiday-cards/.

Who should we send these cards to?

Your previous supervisors and co-workers, people you’ve met at networking events, and mentors. Even if you do not wish to return to a previous internship, it is always good to reach out and keep communication open in case you ever need anything.

Feel free to comment with questions or feedback! Thanks for reading and have a happy holiday!