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On Christmas cards and Christmas letters

Original post made by Diana Diamond, Palo Alto Online blogger, on Dec 20, 2006

Dutifully, for most of my adult life, I have sent out Christmas cards to all my friends — and, to my special acquaintances, a Christmas letter, detailing the events of the year.

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Posted by Carol
a resident of Palo Verde
on Dec 21, 2006 at 10:37 am

Thank you Diana, you said it.

One of our important jobs is writing our Christmas letter with the right amount of news without being boring. One of the best parts of Christmas is receiving the letters from friends and family who we never hear about any other time of the year. This is the time of year for the nostalgia of old friends and family and this new fangled version of sending cheer is a great way to keep in touch. Apparently the British press has been calling this the new way of one-up-man-ship, which it may well be, but it doesn't have to be. Instead it is keeping in touch with many we would have lost touch with years ago.

So roll on those annual epistles.

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Posted by Anna
a resident of Palo Verde
on Dec 21, 2006 at 10:56 am

I agree. Holiday letters are a pleasure to read, and we enjoy hearing about the lives of our friends. Humorous ones are the best of all.

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Posted by A.J.
a resident of Green Acres
on Dec 21, 2006 at 11:22 am

Hear! Hear! It's about time someone stood up for the Christmas/holiday/New Year's letter! I LOVE getting them! People write in them like they never write anymore in any other part of their lives. And given all the criticism heaped on the letters these days, people are really putting their hearts out there (in a way that clearly takes a lot of work).

How else would I hear about how my nephew got into his diaper pail and redecorated the walls of the nursery? Or how a relative with cancer, overwhelmed and unable to keep constant contact with a huge family, is faring in daily life? Nowadays, email and phone calls seem to hit the very immediate and the very big stuff, but often miss some of these memorable, meaningful moments. Nowadays, the letters usually come with printed photos, too.

When I get Christmas letters, I open them with all the eagerness that I used to feel when I was a kid and I knew the mail had arrived.

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Posted by Judith
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 30, 2007 at 11:12 am

Thanks, Diana. This is the time of year when I wonder if it's worth it for me to write a letter, mostly due to the time it takes, but also out of a fear of boring my friends and relations. Your blog entry reminds me that it may, indeed, be worth it.

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