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The Christmas Letter
December 14th, 2011 10:31 AM

Many of us react to the annual "Christmas letters" as if they were fingernails on the blackboard of our brains.  But one of my oldest friends writes fabulous annual letters which I look forward to receiving.  

That is because it is a "real" letter.  Instead of being full of boasts and bragging, it fills me in on her family's tough times as well as on their achievements and happy times.  It may have been sent to 100 people or more, but it is a warm, witty, and authentic expression of my friend, herself, and it reads as if she has written it only to me.

With the age of technology and so many writing e-mail these days, the annual Christmas letter may not be as popular as it once was, but there are still some from my generation who are more comfortable writing on paper than to a computer.  Personally, I find it is still one of the pleasures of seasonal greetings in writing.  It helps me to keep in touch with those far away that I scarely hear from during the year, and it is more exciting than opening an "empty" Christmas card.  

For those who do send the Christmas letter, be sure it is not an "edited" version of the year in review or of your life.  Be honest about both successes and failures, and be sure not to sound boastful, but grateful for all blessings.  The recipients will then look forward to this Christmas card each year.   Otherwise, the Christmas letter may well end up as Christmas lining for one of the pet's cages!



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Posted by Barbara Doeringer on December 14th, 2011 10:31 AMPost a Comment

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