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The Christmas letter: our family's year in review

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 12/20/2012 - 10:03pm

Have you mailed out Christmas cards yet? I ordered photo Christmas cards this year with a happy picture of our family from our summer vacation in the mountains. They are in a neat pile waiting to be mailed, but first I have to finish writing our Christmas letter.

In the Christmas letter I like to summarize the highlights of the past year. It's fun for me to reflect on various life events, taking stock of our journey thus far, and I think it's helpful for our long-distance friends and family to know what we've been up to. It's also neat to read through our letters from Christmases past. Taken together, these letters turn into a sort of family history.

In our letter, I share family happenings as well as specific details about individual family members. I always make sure to mention the age or grade of my kids, knowing it's easy for long-distance loved ones to lose track of kids' ages, especially if they haven't seen them in a while. This year I made a point of asking each of my children what they want to be when they grow up, and added that to the letter. I think that would be a fun item to include each year, if I can remember, to see the progression as they get older.

So I'm coming down to the wire and the letter is not yet done, which makes me wonder if some might frown upon late Christmas cards and letters. Personally, I still think it's the thought that counts, and a late card is better than no card, so I will mail them regardless. But perhaps I should sign off now and go finish up that letter so I can have half a chance of my cards and letters making it to their destinations on time!

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Sounds like that worked out great with your schedule and made your cards something special! I did manage to get my letter finished today, so my cards should be on their merry way tomorrow. At least everyone should receive them Christmas week!

Traci - When I was working I

Traci -

When I was working I gave up on the Christmas card thing and did Happy New Year's cards instead. That way I could work on them during the two weeks of vacation during Winter Break. Plus it was orginal and no one I know did them.

Traci - When I was working I

Traci -

When I was working I gave up on the Christmas card thing and did Happy New Year's cards instead. That way I could work on them during the two weeks of vacation during Winter Break. Plus it was orginal and no one I know did them.