Have you ever written a holiday letter? I used to do one for several
years, but it began to feel as if I was bragging. After all, everyone
only tells the good stuff in your yearly review letter. It just felt
weird to me, and so I decided to stop sending that letter. That doesn't mean, though,
that I don't love reading other peoples year in review letters. My
favorites are the slightly snarky ones, the ones that tell life as it
really is. It's funny to read that my friends teenage son has finally
mastered the art of putting clothes into the laundry basket, and that a daughter learn to ride a horse, and no longer needs to be walked.
I suppose I'm cynical though, because most people love to write and receive holiday letters. There is something to be said for getting to know what happened with your favorite families. We are all so spread apart, and even with the proliferation of the internet, we may not take the time to really know what is going on in our friends' lives.
More than an opportunity to let others know what has going on in your life, the holiday letter is an ideal opportunity to for you to reflect on your own family. Writing a holiday letter affords you the opportunity to reflect on the year past, and think about what truly matters. Sure, you may have taken them to Disney World, and that's a great memory. But you might be surprised to know that the family trip to the beach ranks just as high.
If you were to write a year in review letter, what memories do you hold close that you'd love to share with your loved ones? What have you and your children accomplished this year? Is there one moment that would typify the entire year for you?