December 10, 2013
by Have A Laugh On Me
Do you write a family newsletter that you send out at Christmas time?
I reckon very few would want to receive an unbridged version of my year, despite the fact that this is what the cover photo would be!
It took us eight attempts to get this – but they are all so natural!
Each year I edit my gorgeous mum’s newsletter, cos I’m the journalist in the family and that’s just what we do!
But can you imagine if we actually sent out Xmas letters that reflected our year?
Here’s a typical Christmas newsletter and below a translation of it below
Wow the silly season is here again so quickly and it just seems like yesterday that we were celebrating last Christmas with our cherubs, my sisters and parents.
(this is sort of a blanket apology for all those relatives you haven’t really had much to do with all year because you’ve been so busy)
This year we’ve managed to get away on a few family camping trips up and down the coast, something the kids really loved.
(it’s crucial to give the impression you actually HAVE a life and camping shows you aren’t overspending when you are battling a mortgage with three children)
I’m still freelancing and have taken on a lot more work this year which is challenging, especially since I usually have the boys at home with me. But I must say I really love that I can work from home and do all the school and kindy pick ups and drop offs.
(this tries to show people I’m not a lady of leisure who gets to sit at home all day sipping tea and watching her perfect children playing nicely together outside in their smock dresses and crisp linen shirts)
The kids just keep getting bigger, cuter, smarter, cheekier and we are grateful to have such spirited children who make us smile and laugh every day.
(could also be read as: the boys have driven me up the wall and I’ve gone through the four sets of earmuffs you sent last year so please send more)
Perfect Child No.1 has thoroughly enjoyed her first year of school and while it’s still another year before Perfect Child No.2 joins her, it’s nice that Perfect Child No.3 has his brother home for another year to play with. It’s worked out there will be a year between all of them at school.
(this is a very subtle way to let people know I still have at least three years before all kids are at school so if my mental health starts to deteriorate even more, this is why)
We wish your family a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and happy 2014.
(and we really don’t want to know if you win lotto and never have to work again)
This is actually quite a good idea! Image
I would be a lot more honest if I actually bothered to write a synopsis of our year, which I won’t.
And I haven’t got the time or patience to write out individual Xmas cards so I probably won’t do that either.
So I suppose unless I call or email friends and family (or they read this blog) no one will have a clue about what we’ve been up to!
Maybe that’s not a bad thing!
Do you write a family newsletter?
Are you brutally honest or do you tippy toe around your year?
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