Re: RE: Christmas Letters

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shayd – 2007-12-04 9:59 AM

Now most of the “letters” I get aren’t personal notes at all, they’re newsletters spewing too much information to too broad an audience with no sense of story-telling or self censorship. (Uncle Joe – Sorry you had a kidney stone but I don’t need copies of all your lab results since last January. Cousin Cindy – I know Ryan’s your first child but I really don’t need 20 page excerpts from your diary about adventures in breastfeeding. Bill – this is the same letter you’ve been sending out for the past three years: your wife is still living in Vegas with her lesbian lover; your dog is still dead and your boss still doesn’t respect you; I know it’s the holidays and all and I should be more sympathetic but you really should either get a life or stop advertising your lack of one to the rest of us…)

I think Chrismas letters have become the literary equivalent of Fruitcake.


Shayd: See, you’re the type of person who SHOULD write a Christmas letter. You know what to write to make them entertaining.

Personally, when I receive a card with no letter in it I think, “Why did you bother?” What is the point of a signed card with no personal message? At the same time, I’m with you on the “no need for your entire medical history” comment. But I enjoy hearing “what’s new” in a person’s year.

Thank you for your comments — “the literary equivalent of Fruitcake” is a perfect analogy. LOL!