Sunday, April 20, 2014

Christmas Newsletters, Love 'Em or Hate 'Em?








Gwen Babineaux

blogs for

The Domestic Diva Mysteries

by Krista Davis










Christmas is coming soon. It's my favorite time of year. Surprises and secrets and Santa! What fun. I'm just writing our Christmas letter. There are five of us, and do we have a lot of news. We moved into a historic house in Old Town Alexandria and renovated it. Just between us, it's gorgeous. We gutted the kitchen and started fresh. We even installed a movie room with a popcorn machine!

Even though we had so many exciting things happen, Christmas letters can be a bit of a drag sometimes. So we took a hint from our friend Peg Cochran, and we're adding one lie about each of us. Isn't that fun? Of course, we're telling our friends there are untruths in the letter but we're letting them guess which ones are the lies! I think we'll have the most popular newsletter of all our friends.

One or two people in our circle don't like Christmas newsletters. Can you imagine? They think they're too pompous. Well, I say bah humbug to that. We're all so busy that we can't get together as much as we'd like, not to mention all our old friends whom we never see anymore. I love to hear what's going on in their lives. And if they send a picture, I swoon! I swear I wouldn't recognize some of my old friends anymore. Some people age better than others. (We can just keep that between us, okay?)

So how do you feel about Christmas newsletters? Are they wonderful? Horrible? Or just a snore? Do you send them?



15 comments:

  1. I like them. You get a recap of the whole year from those who don't live near you.

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    1. I'm so glad you agree with me, Dru!

      ~Gwen

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    1. Me, too! I'm pleased to hear that I'm not alone.

      ~Gwen

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  3. I love receiving them, but I'm not good at sending them...

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    1. That would get you in a lot of trouble in my neighborhood. Natasha lives next door!

      ~Gwen

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  4. I used to dislike them because I thought they were pompous, especially years ago when not so many people were doing them. It often seemed to be "my kids are better than yours." And I'll never forget the one I received from a friend detailing her first year after a divorce. Could have done without that one.

    But now I welcome them. I love to catch up on what's happened to people I keep meaning to stay in more regular contact with.

    I don't send them - yet, kind of. I have realized that I tell everyone the same news, but I still prefer to send an individual letter. So now I have a template with the newsy stuff and add personal info around that. What did we do before we had computers?

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    1. That's interesting, Grandma Cootie. You had a change of heart about them. Well, mine are never pompous, but I know what you mean. I have a few friends who do nothing but brag in them.

      ~Gwen

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  5. I love them when they're short and sweet and tell not only about the family's kids but their pets, too. I'm too busy running my shelter HotRescues to send any, though.
    --Lauren Vancouver of the Pet Rescue Mysteries

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    1. If we had any pets, I'm sure I would include them, Lauren. It's so good of you to run a shelter. You really ought to send newsletters for the shelter!

      ~Gwen

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  6. Love them when they're short and sweet with pictures. Hate them when they go on and on and on. Oh, my! Have a fun Christmas!

    ~ Jenna Hart in Crystal Cove

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    1. Thanks, Jenna! I'll try to keep mine short and sweet, but with three children and so much happening, it's kind of hard to do that!

      ~Gwen

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  7. Our holiday missives are quite popular because my husband is a really good writer with a wicked sense of humor.

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  8. Oh, Libby, you lucky woman! I wish my husband would pitch in. Humor is always the smart way to go. And wicked is even better!

    ~Gwen

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  9. I actually "broke up" with old friends because their self-praising Christmas letters just went too far. One would think they were God's answer to all problems. the final straw was when their son wrote the letter, and it was the worst of all. We haven't communicated for over 5 years.

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