Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Christmas Letter I Should Have Written

I love getting Christmas letters.  I am going to say thank you right now to all you wondeful people who send them.  I know there is a split camp out there on giving and getting a Christmas letter, but I have to say ....

I LOVE getting them.  If I get Christmas cards during a busy part of the day I usually wait until I have some quiet time in the evening and then I carefully read every last drip.  I LOVE them!

When I get a Christmas card with no letter I have a moment of sadness.  I am glad to get the picture, but I feel like I want to know more.  Call me a busy body..Ijust like to know things.

Some people argue that the letters are phoney.  That people never tell the truth.  I think that is silliness.  People tell you the best of what has happened to them that year.  They share what is worth remembering.  I think we should all try to focus on those things as well.
Pete always jokes that he is going to send a  goof Christmas letter, starting something like this;

Dear Friends and Family,

We are finally getting rid of the awful rash we all came down with this year, skin pealing, bumps everywhere...not pretty.  I was hoping to go over the year with you but I really can't remember anything past last years Superbowl.  Lisa, the kids and I tried to have a fun family party but as usual we had people throwing up and peeing on the floor, all in the first quarter. So now you have an idea of the memories we make around here. But really, who can remember much with all the screaming?  I have to admit this is a year I would like to forget.  Hope you all are doing better than we are.
Can you imagine getting a card like that?  If it came from a guy like Pete, or Tony Russel than I would know it was a joke.  But what if you were not sure??

Anyway, you would think since I have such a deep affection for getting Christmas letters that I would send some....not exactly.

I have to admit that I don't even send Christmas cards.  I want to.  I really do.  And every October I have every intention of going for it.  But then the plan never comes together.
I want all 7 of us in a picture, but I want to be the one to take the picture.
I want to send a personal note to each person.
I want to include a letter.
With all of that being a part of it...none of it gets done.

And then I think, most people I would send a card to SHOULD be reading my blog and they know more about me than necessary.
I know I have been kicked off certain people's Christmas card list because I have not sent them one back in ...a....long...time....
I just want to say to those people....I love getting your cards.  I love hearing all about your family.
I am like the most grateful Christmas card getting person in the WORLD.
So if Rose McIntyre still reads my blog..please send me a card...I am sorry it has been so long ..
Kimberly Powers...Laura Timmons...
I really like your cards.

And just consider my blog you daily Christmas card!!!


  1. You are a trip! I laughed out loud reading your husband's version of the Christmas letter :) I'm with you - I love getting them and always have good intentions of writing one but I'm lucky to get the photo cards in the mail!

  2. one of the gals I worked with a couple years back brought in a letter some elderly relative of hers sent out...it was basically the "fake" letter your husband joked about writing...only it was the real deal. A list of ailments he and his wife were dealing with and how it was all being handled. We laughed and laughed at some of the things he shared about his wife...we wondered if she had given her approval, or even knew he wrote it...ha!

    I added a paragraph of an update to the picture cards I sent out. It wasn't an all out letter but I know how much I also enjoy getting a little update on people I don't see often and enjoy getting christmas cards from :)

  3. I LOVE this post and I would just die from laughter if I got that Christmas letter! Sounds exactly like my Hubby!

  4. I LOVE getting Christmas cards, photos and letters are bonuses, and you know, I ripped a hilarious Christmas card point tally sheet out of a magazine a few years ago. I need to go find it for this year's batch of cards! It was filled with + and - for enclosed letters, photos, christmas stamps, golden seals, handmade, from a foreign country, etc... It was fun!

  5. I love your "daily Christmas card" and am so glad you are here to brighten my day on a regular basis! I'm a little delayed in reading though, because I've been working on my darn Christmas cards! So don't give up hope, it's still coming, picture, letter, and all! Merry Christmas!

  6. People do not write letters any more and that is a shame. I recall how my mother saved letters from family and she would reread them over and over. They were most interesting, not just the content but the way the letter was written with their own style of writing in their own handwriting. I think the handwriting is what interest me the most, lose that on the computer. There is nothing like getting a letter in the post.