well, i love this letter! i think christmas letters are pretty cool actually. we have a huge sprawling family, and not every one blogs, so its a way to easily inform everyone. a personal note is nice, but when you send out 50 of them, the note becomes "happy holidays from m, c, and the boys". and noone gets to hear about how life is for us. so yeah, im all for christmas form letters.
michele sent me today, but i come on my own so often its all good!
That one was pretty interesting! In general, I don't like them. If they are from people we know well, but don't see often, that is fine. Some of hub's business associates used to send letters, and we had no idea who half the people were (nor did we care to know). Most of them brag about what they bought, who graduated with honors, where they vacationed or the new Bentley they purchased. YAWN!
Michele sent me this time, but you know I come every day!
Wow. I had to ask if this letter was real, actually, since I don't read your blog regularly. You have had quite the eventful year if so!
I actually love to get these kind of letters and I never feel like it is bragging, but maybe that is because I send them myself sometimes. I didn't have it together this year, so I tried to jot a short note if I could instead. I like to personalize it someone, if I can.
Michele sent me and have a great holiday!
ha! Fun little letter. :)
As for getting them - Usually I at least find them amusing. We do a family newsletter that I save as a PDF file and email to relatives who manage to continually forget the url's to the blogs we keep on both kids and to friends who live out of the area. It started as a quarterly thing when the oldest was at that stage of hitting milestones what seemed every other day. It's since fallen off to twice a year and if I ever stop procrastinating, I might get the 2nd one done for '05 before it turns '06. ;)
Whoa, that's quite a letter. I don't want anything like that from anyone. If I don't know more about what is going on with them than that then we couldn't be that close. I love the photo cards and nice personal notes written but please no letters. Its supposed to be a Greeting, not a catch up.
I like Christmas letters although I have never seen one as long as the one you had in your post! The ones I get people tend to sum it up a little more compact than that and they are usually one sheet. But I think they are fine!
I love holiday letters of any kind.
This is probably unpopular to say, but I'm not really a fan of Christmas letters. I got one, the first in years, last week & it was from my cousin's family; his wife wrote it. She included every single thing her side of the family did. Didn't bother to mention our side's family reunion. She must have mentioned 15 family events.
But the daggar was when she asked for prayers. Please pray for the shepard of souls, firemen, military, you get the idea. Not 1 mention of my aunt (my cousin's grandma) who had just died. Perhaps she could have asked prayers for his family to help with their loss? Or mention the loss of such a loving woman.
I know she did this to hurt my cousin, as they're getting a divorce. It hurt me to hear my mom upset about the card she received.
I don't think I'll ever like these letters again. And if I get any correspondence from her, it will say 'return to sender'.
Sorry for this sour note, this letter just made me think of the one we received.
I think it's Happy NEW Year, not Happy Tell Me All About LAST Year, right??
I loved this letter...I often thought about writing something like this and sending it to people, but with my family history, people would be bound to believe it!!
Thanks for the laughs. You're a great writer!
I like to receive mail at Christmas, even if it is a letter. BUT, I would MUCH rather have a little personal not scrawled inside the card than hear about every little detail of their past year. Some are just plain obnoxious.
I liked it so much yesterday that I came back today! ;-) Is this the letter that you commented about on someone else's blog? It's a good one, you're right!
I like the intent of mass letters to family and friends. As this letter clearly illustrates, it's the execution that is sometimes a little lacking.
Still, there's something to be said for bringing everyone up to speed. We have such large and diverse constituency bases these days that it's impossible to keep in touch with everyone. So this is a nice way to do it.
Of course, blogs can work in a complementary way, but something tells me this family wouldn't be into it.
I laughed the whole way through. Thanks for sharing this...it'll help me make it through tomorrow with a smile on my face too!
Back again from Michele's (I'm addicted to your site...sorry!) Just wanted to let you know this entry has inspired me to dust off my own mailing list. I used to send out Carmi Speaks messages to around 400 friends and family members.
I started it soon after I left my previous job to start my writing career in earnest, but I let it lapse a bit this year as my workload picked up. I justified this by convincing myself that the blog was a perfect replacement.
In fact, the two should coexist....so I'm going to fire out a message later this week. Thanks to you.
It was a great letter up to the point when we were cursed with the hope that our 2006 was like their 2005. God forbid!
It's been a while since I've gotten a family history type Xmas letter. They don't bother me much but since they go out to so many people, and as a result are quite generic, they aren't very interesting either.
Michele sent me to see you in your Hollywood Hills, Naomi. Perhaps you live near "Glenn, jr".
That was hysterical! We are military & try to send out a very brief letter telling folks where we are each year & where we might be going. Mostly though, we include pictures of the kids, because that is what folks really want to see, right??
I get one each year from a friend's mom that is such a downer. This year it no kidding began, "Right after I mailed my Christmas cards last year, I ended up in the hospital..." We always just laugh and go along with it. What else are we supposed to do?
hi from michele's
I used to send these letters then the seperation, divorce and now I send zero cards. maybe some ecards if I make time to do so.
What a letter!
I like letters, I do. I don't know what I would think if I ever recieved a letter like that though lol
That's a great letter - it sounds nearly as bad as some of the year the Aginoths have had LOL!
I never write Xmas letters - people who really mean something to me get updated much more regularly than once a year, and others don't need an in depth update:-)
However, I love getting long rambling letters telling me everything about someones life at any time of year - just nosy I guess.
I'm having fun with my Blog explosion thing - it's a way to see new blogs - although like everything you have to trawl through a lot of dross to find a few you like! I expect I'll get fed up with it soon enough as it is quite tiome consuming, but I like the renting blogs idea, I'm probably going to keep up with that - again, just cos I'm nosy:-)
I don't MIND family lettes, but I guess I sorta have to wonder - why wait till Christmas to do this? Why not have a quarterly update instead of wait for a holiday, or some other time - most people are crazy busy at Christmas, so honestly... the two times I've gotten holiday letters like this, I shoved them to the side and read them after New Years. :)
Here from Michele's! :)
Christmas letters stuck inside Christmas cards are abominations sent by people who think that you may in fact be interested in what they have to say, when in fact if they were your friends and therefore you wanted to know, you already would know! Am I being simplistic here or have I missed the point?
I don't like generic letters sent to family. For a business, fine. If I am your family and you care if I know how you are doing you can call me anytime.
I hate wasting money on cards for christmas, commercial. I try to send a personal note to my friends and see each of my family. No mass letters for me, thanks.
I love the entertainment value of a good Christmas letter. We get tons of laughs out of the ones we receive at our home!
I enjoy christmas letters. I actually plan on sending a christmas email this year adn I've not had a chance to get cards printed up and the money situation didn't help any.
Merry ho ho!
Hey--thanks for all of the fun posts and holiday cheer!
p.s. Michele sent me...
If the Christmas letters I get were this entertaining, I wouldn't mind getting more of them!
I haven't read your comments to see if you say more, but I have a strong feeling this was a satirical post, meaning it was a fake Christmas letter?
If not, it certainly shows that some maintain a front that is hard to imagine plus share info you'd rather NOT hear!
I love letters, in general, so there are some that are in a certain style that is like a private joke, but still endearing in its way ,yet truth be told Naomi, I'd much rather a personal note. I understand why there is not time for one.
I DO appreciate those friends who append their letter with a personal note, however brief. That compromise seems to bridge the gap between a form letter and the human touch.
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