The Christmas letter: our family's year in review
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!