Once again, we defy the trends of the times by writing a Christmas letter that -- gasp! -- gets printed out and inserted into Christmas cards that are -- double gasp! -- mailed.
Well, that "we" really means me, Brian. But after I cobble together a letter, Laurel reads it and has the opportunity to change it. This year she said, "Should we really talk about our health problems?"
To which I replied, sure. The problems are as much a part of our life as is our joy at the Democrats taking back the House in the midterms, which is how our letter starts out.
I strive for both honesty and humor.
Some years one or the other dominates. It depends on the mood I'm in when I decide to write our annual Christmas letter. Today I was feeling pretty good. So if the letter feels a bit dark, hey, it could have been even darker!
Our previous Christmas letters are preserved here. Here's our 2018 letter.
Download 2018 Christmas Letter PDF
I am so over Christmas cards and stopped them a couple of years ago, after offering all on our list a chance to 'friend' us on Facebook-- none did, which proved that the cards were meaningless in terms of friends. They were a ritual that I had come to dislike-- sending or getting. For years, it had been a big deal in my life to make them out every December, including the obligatory letter, but I noticed our younger friends/family were no longer sending them. It is most valuable for those who wish to proselytize once a year at least, gain points in heaven maybe, and possibly save a heaten friend or relative.
The Christmas letter in your case has a new angle-- let's make everybody mad who doesn't agree with us politically. Who'd have thought it could go from lovely vacations to making sure friends know how the right side won in Oregon, which is, of course, the not 'right' side for the majority who voted. I smirked as I read your letter and hoped all your friends are liberals, as it might be harder to unfriend someone's card than it is at Facebook. I congratulated myself again that besides avoiding getting religious reminders how eternity depends on the right decision on earth, now I am avoiding political reminders I may have voted wrong. Merry Christmas indeed lol
Posted by: Rain Trueax | December 17, 2018 at 03:39 AM