Every year, I hand write a bunch of holiday cards for my co-workers. No one else in the company does this (to my knowledge). I don’t know why not. It’s a wonderful gesture that most people really appreciate. An email doesn’t have nearly the same emotional connection as pen to paper. In a world of digital everything, a simple piece of paper goes a long way.
One thing I have heard is that hand written notes are more likely to be read by political representatives like congressman and senators than emails or typed letters. This means you need to work on your penmanship to make sure its presented well. My holiday notes can get a little sloppy.
In general, I try to put a personal message. However, sometimes I have to resort to more generic things like, “2011 is going to be a great year! – Happy Holidays!” The more personal you can make your message the better. Show that you are human and enjoy the interaction with them as a fell traveler.
Hopefully, more people will do this. It spreads good will in the office. Maybe you should get some cards today. Happy Holidays!