Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Yearly Christmas Letter (uncencored version)

I was having a conversation with some family while looking at the Christmas cards that were sent to my parents' home this year. A couple of them had the "yearly letter" from people we usually only hear from on the holidays. You know the one. Anyway, I was thinking about what it would be like if people "really" told what was going on with their family. Here's an example:

Dear Friends and Family,
This year has been interesting. I moved in May because I was rejected to 3 PhD programs, and am working at 3 new jobs, and I still don't make enough money to live without support from my parents (at age 35), but at least I have them. My brother has started smoking weed to get through his mental problems. He has had some pretty bad road rage too, but has been working on it. The pot smoking helps, and don't worry... It's okay for him to smoke pot because it's decriminalized where he lives. My sister has had a bunch of health problems but still loves to work on projects around the house all the time. Her partner calls her "the man" in the relationship. They are happy. Mom and Dad are funny. They bicker a lot, like they always did, and dad sleeps in the chair or watches football if he's not working. Mom takes on too many projects, and can't get them all done, and loves to be with the kids of the family. She organizes big get-together's for all of my cousins' kids cause she still doesn't have any grandchildren of her own (though we're all in our 30's). Most of us are in debt up to our eyeballs, and we get depressed a lot, but we have each other.
We hope you had a lovely year, and have an even better New Year!
Merry Christmas,
Love, Us

5 comments:

Nathan said...

This is fantastic Holly. Don't those traditional letters just seem odd? I always find them so strange.

christine said...

Holly, we must have similar minds. I had an idea to write a poem about all the stuff we'd like to include in holiday bragging letter. In fact, that's partly why I wrote the post about censorship.

Maybe we should do another series of response poems along these lines. Are ya for it, or agin it?

holly said...

fer it! of course...

Misty said...

Holly what a neat note reminds me of how life really is, right inside the christmas cards nobody really tells their true problems it's not a box of candy... Understanding and straight from your heart.. The main thing that will help us survive through this world is love that's all we need.

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