Do you get Christmas newsletters from family or friends?
I confess a few of these letters are a little “too much.” These are usually the letters that are braggadocios with self aggrandizing references to brilliant children, smartest pets, extravagant purchases, deserving job promotions, and luxurious exotic vacations.
Have you ever been tempted to send responses to these letters by saying, “Merry Christmas from the ordinary old Smith’s, Karries and Molly haven’t won any astounding awards and we don`t anticipate they will unless it’s the title for 10 hr marathon cell phone talking champions, James is playing on a basketball team I think it’s for the Iowa Penal League, our dog Brutus has been banned from the off leash area … I think they called it ‘ungentlemanly behavior’… so what`s the problem with grabbing all those fetch balls from those stuck up pedigree poodles, and I’m still at the bottom of the food chain in the same old government job and that’s why I think my hemorrhoids are acting up and we’re upside down on our mortgage since the crash so we probably will never move into a bigger house, and when we vacation we mostly camp in the backyard and chop down one of our trees and use it for firewood to toast our Smores AND last year I wanted a big fat money account and slim body…but somehow the two got mixed up… …this year I want there to be no mistakes… but I digress.
I think in a Christmas newsletter you need to cut out all the meaningless drivel about possessions and accomplishments, bragging sours the letter and taints the intention of sending love and good will… instead write from the heart. It’s usually mushy, but I think the success of a Christmas letter comes from its raw honesty. Think about who you are writing to. Think about the faces of the loved ones who will read your Christmas letter.
What can you say that will bring smiles to those faces?
What will be interesting to those reading your letter?
When will you welcome visits?
Mention things in your letter that you’d want to hear from your closest friends.
Christmas is a time when we remember everyone we ever loved.
Christmas is the perfect time to put these thoughts into words before its too late, and the message of love is left unsaid.