Thursday, December 10, 2009

To Christmas Letter or not to Christmas Letter

Sometimes I hate Christmas letters. You know the ones I am talking about. Everyone is so perfect and life is so rosy. You just dread those letters. "My husband has been promoted to Law Firm Partner, my son got a perfect score on his SAT's, my daughter has been chosen to model on the cover of American Girl Magazine, we've taken trips to Europe and Hawaii, THREE TIMES EACH!" Blah, Blah, Blah! Bah humbug!

I'd like to send one sometime that says, "Life sucks! My husband is a real douche, my boys have been arrested, my eleven year old just got her belly button pierced and I haven't gotten out of the trailer in months." You know, just to see what people would say...

But on the other hand, a Christmas letter saves you from writer's cramp. It provides a quick easy way to let people know what is going on in your life. It's nicer than just a plain signed card, I suppose. I have sent two very creative Christmas letters in the past. I've written a Christmas story and a Christmas poem about our family. Needless to say, I'm not feeling very creative at the moment and am leaning toward a traditional Christmas letter.

What are your feelings on a short family update with maybe a favorite Christmas recipe to share?
Or would you dread it all the same?


  1. My all-time favorite Christmas card included the line "And Scott still lives at home and likes to spend his Friday nights playing Dance Dance Revolution in the basement."

    Scott was not a favorite cousin, my brother and I almost cried laughing when we read that.

  2. I think they're fine. I think that with blogs and Facebook now, they might be moot.

  3. I used to write the newsletter myself but it always felt weird going on and on about my life. I think "Why do I spend all this effort in writing this when they don't even care enough during the year to call and ask how I am doing?" Then on the other hand, it feels a little self-centered to think that they would want to know. Gotta love the holidays! lol.

  4. i agree with christina p, and amanda. i have never sent one out and actually only send cards to people i talk to in real life often. (sorry extended family and highschool/college friends who get their feelings hurt every year). if you dont have the decency to show interest during the year, i dont need to show interest in sending you my ever so warm holiday wishes. :)

  5. First, I love getting the cards with letters and news even if it is all positive. Positive things in other people's lives really don't bother me a bit. Plus, I know that people usually pick the happy things to write about and focus on. I know that people have trials and it would certainly be more interesting to read about the struggles, too, but people don't seem to know how to talk about those things.

    I did something really short this year and last year because we have a blog and it details the family events pretty well. I suppose if people are THAT interested they can check it out. They can read all about our family vacations etc.

    I'd like to write a newsletter, but it is really hard to not come off bragging. I like to focus on the positive. But when I have friends or family who I know are struggling saying that we had the perfect Caribbean vacation just doesn't seem right. So, I didn't know what to say this year and basically didn't say anything about our family at all, just pointed towards the blog. But I would like to say something! I love reading what other people have to say.

  6. I am with ya! Sometimes it would be nice to know that life isn't as always as perfect as it seems when you are dressed in your Sunday best!

  7. I like sending Christmas letters and I'm definitely going to point family and friends to my blog. A few years ago I wrote a top ten list of things I had learned this year. It was full of good and bad things that had happened throughout the year. Plus the letter was short and funny. BONUS! So that is my suggestion. Write a top ten list like you were David Letterman! =)

  8. i like christmas letters. I try not to be too braggy but... you know. LOL,
    i like to receive them. I like them mostly for the pictures. if there isn't a picture. I dont read your letter. oops so sad.

    but we are the recipient of 3 people every year that have the most perfect children. it has become the letters we look forward to so that we can gag and laugh and choke ourselves with a spoon. YEAH! we are soooo mature! (I know) I suppose its the one little sin keeping me from being translated. LOL


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