One of my favorite things about the Christmas season is reading cards and letters from far-away friends and family. I love opening the mail and finding a Christmas card -- especially one with a family photo and a letter! Some people belittle the annual Christmas letter -- but not me! I love to get family photos and news. It's the only way I keep up with my old college friends, Tom's grad school cohort, and former work colleagues now scattered by re-sizings. (Sure. I know that sending Christmas greetings by regular post is a dying tradition, and that times-they-are-a-changin'. But I love the tradition and will hold on to it as long as I can.)
I'll be writing my own letter later this week. What will I include?
- Some sort of lame comment about how quickly the year has flown by, and how (oh how?) did it get to be Christmas again already.
- An overall summing up of the past year for the family, usually with a little comic relief thrown in here and there (maybe a story about an appliance mishap or a slapstick story about the dogs). I'll probably include the story about how Tom and I "swept" our age group in the Troutarama 5K back in July.
- I'll surely comment on how different the Christmas season feels with no kids in the house -- how it's quiet and calm without the old frenzy of kid-activities and excitement. And how . . . I'm okay with that!
- I'll write a little paragraph about Tom -- about his work and his travels to India (I'll almost certainly include a little tidbit about his visit to the mango market last summer); I'll mention that he visited his parents and family in Wyoming, and enjoyed a fishing trip to the Florida keys with his pal John (where he caught permit and shark!).
- I'll write a little paragraph about me -- about how I struggled with my job all year, and finally decided to quit at the end of the year; I'll talk about traveling to Italy with my sister and visiting my friend, Margene, in Utah, and I'll mention my gardening, reading, and knitting.
- I'll give an update about what Erin is doing in Pittsburgh -- about her job and her life with Keith; about how much we miss her -- and how much we value the time we're able to spend together.
- I'll give an update about Brian -- about his graduation last May and his new job in the lab; I'll mention that he's moving to a new apartment (right in the midst of the holidays!) with his lovely girlfriend, Lauren.
- I'll share that we all enjoyed being together for Thanksgiving this year, but will be hit-and-miss for Christmas. (And I'll probably mention that Erin really doesn't complain much about spending the holiday on the sunny beaches of Florida.)
- I'll close by wishing everyone a lovely holiday season, and a new year filled with good health and much happiness.
- And then, I'll sign our names.
How about YOU? Do you send a Christmas letter to your friends and family?