How Not to Write a Holiday Newsletter

Posted on November 30th, 2009

Dear Friends and Family,

Festivus Greetings from our family! Another year has flown by and the holidays are upon us. And no matter what holiday you celebrate, we

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11 Responses to “How Not to Write a Holiday Newsletter”

  1. pixielation Says:

    Priceless! Well done.

    The only ones I get like this are from uber religious friends of my mother, so they are always about the family and loving God. Not that I don’t – just that I don’t want to make everyone else live through my loving.

  2. barbara Says:

    I think you set just the right tone for this festive season. But you obviously have many more wealthy “friends” than I. I tend to get letters from home-school families with ten kids that want to tell me everything they did for the year, from potty-training to the national spelling bee, how much each child weighs, eats, and reads and how many trophies they received for good penmanship. It’s awe inspiring, to say the least. I almost feel compelled to pull my children out of school and teach them myself…but then sanity hits and reminds me how much I like my alone time and how little I remember algebra or world history. So instead, I write my own Christmas letter just to get back at them. Works everytime:)

  3. Laurie Says:

    The thing is, I do get newsletters I genuinely look forward to and enjoy. But some of them, it’s like “whoa, brag much?”

  4. Lisa Says:

    While your “Holiday Newsletter” made me laugh out loud, it also made me grateful that I don’t have any friends or family that send out “Bragging Letters”:)

  5. Kimberly Hosey (AZ Writer) Says:

    Ha; good one! I think we can all identify.

  6. Laurie Says:

    thanks, Kimberly!

  7. pixielation Says:

    I just laughed reading this, because we were joking about this the other day, and then I got one in the mail. Generally, it’s the parent’s of my friends who send them.

    And then I arrived here in Australia, and there is my mother and her friends talking about how they love them.

    But according to them, they need to be short and sweet. Then one lady mentioned a friend who sends her several pages – she just tosses it out! Savage they were! So it’s obviously an art form to balance just the right amount of information, with the right level of motherly pride and humility. Cross the line and you’re history!

  8. Laurie Says:

    It’s so funny, I really do look forward to some of them–but there are others that I just open the card, skim through and then toss. Not quite as savage as your mom, tho ;)

    Have fun in Australia and Happy Holidays to everyone.

  9. Barry Ballreich Says:

    i’m speechless, you fool. thanks. ;)

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  11. product reviews Says:

    Huh? What is going on here? Is this real life?? No, but seriously, what’s up with this post and it’s comments?

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