Christmas letter poll

How many of you will/have include/d a Christmas letter in your cards this year?

How many of you intend/ed to do so?Β  What is so hard about doing this or does no one but me find it to be so?

Edition: For those of you who want to read more about Christmas Letters see here.

12 Responses to “Christmas letter poll”
  1. Jenna says:

    I was thinking about sending out a family letter, but then I realized that I didn’t have enough stamps to send out cards. Oops! Thankfully I am able to keep in touch with a lot of my family through email though, and that really helps a whole lot. πŸ™‚

  2. Deborah says:

    How about “How many of you have been total slackers and don’t even have Christmas cards purchased, let alone written in and stamped and ready to go?”
    My excuse is that we intended to send out a dvd of photos/video our family over the past year — in part to catch up the extended family, and in part to advertise my hubby’s newest entrepreneurial enterprise. Alas. Maybe next year…or maybe for a New Year’s treat!?

  3. Margie says:

    I find it hard because I want to let friends and family know what is going on but oh so often it sounds like nothing but a page of bragging. I really detest those letters that come saying how wonderful and perfect the kids are at all of their miriad of activities not to mention school.

    We have mentioned a letter, guess we should really get to work on it if we are serious. I can’t even remember what we did last year. I had major surgery the end of October and Thanksgiving and Christmas are a bit of a blurr.

  4. Patricia says:

    Margie – I know what you mean about worrying about it sounding like we are bragging, but I have had so many people tell me that they look forward to reading our letters every year. I write them, but I don’t send them out to everyone…just to those we don’t hear from except at Christmas. There was a time – before the internet – when a Christmas letter was more appreciated because it wasn’t as easy to stay in touch throughout the year with others far away. It is so easy now to attach a photograph to an email and send it out to distant family and friends. But – in answer to the question – no, I haven’t written it.

  5. Susan says:

    I just read my friends card and I think, what on earth have we done all year? Is it worthy to put in a Christmas letter? I can only remember from July on. What is wrong with me? We went to Monanta for a family reunion, then back for a funeral, started school,Awana, hubby works his tush off and that about sums it up. There is our letter!

  6. myderbe says:

    We have done letters in the past. I love receiving them from others. A couple years, we did a quick review of our year in the form of written song — “The Twelve Months of ’99” or something like that (like the Twelve Days of Christmas). That was fun, and several family members told me they sang the song.

    Oh, and Susan, I had to go back and look at our family calendar to see what we’d done each month.

    I’ve also seen letters done with quick paragraphs dictated or written by each child.

    I’ve had a lot of creative ideas for this year’s card (we usually make our own), but none that are jumping out at me. Not sure what we’ll do. I think last year, I totally didn’t have time. I know one family who sent out a Valentine’s Day family letter because they missed Christmas. πŸ™‚

  7. javadawn says:

    I confess, WE are going to be a family who sends out Valentines cards this year. We got one last year, and it was WONDERFUL! There are a few people we will send cards to, but very few, this Christmas. Most of them will get a Valentine’s Card from the Clarks. πŸ˜•

    Susan, I’m with you – I struggle with knowing how to tell what we’ve been doing….but I also vascilate between that and yammering them into a stupor. I have visions of writing our Christmas letter and putting it into ebook format, just to get everything said!!! πŸ˜† NOW, ebook links in the card? THAT qualifies as bragging!!! πŸ™„

  8. I used to send out the traditional family Christmas letter until I hit a brick wall in 1999. It was the culmination of two years that were marked by one trial after another after another so that I looked at my dh and said “There is absolutely nothing I can write that wouldn’t sound like I’m complaining and I don’t want to do that.” So that year, the Lord moved my heart to write something which solely focused people’s attention on Him and send it out in our Christmas card. I got so many positive responses (although that wasn’t my motivation) that it sort of became my new tradition. I wish I had kept them all. The only problem is that now I can’t go back. This is the second year in a row that I haven’t sent anything out, because the Lord hasn’t laid a message on my heart and the thought of sending out a “family” letter just isn’t sitting well with me anymore. Please hear my heart clearly–I’m not saying that people who do are somehow doing something wrong, it’s just that I can’t go back.

  9. ReneeM says:

    Yeah I do a Christmas letter, but usually with lots of pics.. this year like 10 pictures with paragraphs crammed in hear and there to tell of our highlights… you know… we moved, new baby coming, still home schooling and all that good stuff!!

    We have done it every year, because every year seems to have some major huge event in it!!! like we live our lives on the edge or something!!

  10. Crystal says:

    Well I intended to do one but the cards themselves just got to be so much craziness (I blame Walmart!). I even bought letter sized envelopes for my letter but never got around to the letter and now there is a small card in a big envelope on it’s way to your house!

    I wanted to write out a big sappy thank you letter to everyone who prayed and are praying for Emily. I wanted to thank everyone who befriended me and to tell them how much it meant to me. I wanted to tell them what a life jacket their prayers were for me and my family. Then I just started to feel like everyone heard that before so it just might seem old. Dumb I know, but I’m just being honest.

    I also thought that these letters are usually an update for family and friends on your life. I felt like everyone and their momma knew what was up with us, lol. And again didn’t want to repeat myself and bore the socks off of people.

    AND it seemed like an awful lot of work to print out 100 letters and fold a hundred letters!

    I guess I could have just talked about how the kids are all doing individually and how Scott and I were out side of cancerdom.

    Basically I got lazy and I couldn’t figure out what I would write about. So I just said LOVE, the K****’s on the card and that’s it.

    That’s my excuses anyway. =)

  11. javadawn says:

    Hey Crystal – those excuses work for me. πŸ˜€

  12. javadawn says:

    If you are reading here, looking for ideas for creative Christmas cards, please check back in toward the end of the week.

    Don’t even ask. It’s the season of surprises. πŸ˜‰

    Edit – okay, I’ve posted the first part of my idea for a creative Christmas letter here :

    And offer a few other ideas here:

    I hope you find the ideas you are needing/seeking and may you have a lovely, blessed Christmas!

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