Here's an easily adaptable Christmas speech sample following a simple step by step outline. The format is ideal for an office Christmas party, a family get together, a club Christmas event ...
Yes, it truly is one of those occasions when one size will genuinely fit all.
What you're seeing here is a sample speech mostly in note form rather than a full word-by-word, sentence-by-sentence text for two reasons:
Reading from a full script makes that trickier to manage. The result is a more formal presentation which doesn't fit with the speaker's overall purpose; to reach out, to inspire and unite the audience with his theme of gratitude.
You'll note that the concluding segment is the full text. It's that way because he sweated over getting the right words down and doesn't want to risk muddling them due to the excitement of the moment!
When he practices the speech and finally delivers it he will flesh out the 'opening' and 'body of speech' notes into full sentences.
Background to put this speech in context:
Transition to body & theme introduction
"Despite what we've thought about the past 12 months and the dreaded R word (recession) we've made it through to the end of the year.
It's nearly Christmas and we've got a lot to be grateful for. We're here, we have a great team and we're still in business."
"It's been a tough year but I'm proud of what we accomplished together. Some businesses haven't been able to do what we have done.
Thanks to you we'll be going into the new year with strength, to build on our accomplishments and to consolidate our position.
Let's celebrate that. It's a gift to be grateful for. And when you leave here you go to another.
As Burton Hillis said, The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
And that's what I wish for you all!
Now let's raise a glass - to us, to our families and a happy Christmas."
There you have it! A Christmas speech sample you can easily adapt to suit whether it's for a family celebration, the members of your club at your end of year function, your staff ...
For more about the planning process and preparation click through to this page on Christmas speeches. You'll find the step-by-step guidelines I used to prepare Joe's speech as well as a whole bunch of Christmas quotations, including the one featured here.
And click this link for how to make and use cue cards effectively.
Have a joyous Christmas!
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