Monday, December 8, 2008

Meet "The Incredibles"

Here’s our Christmas letter for this year …

“Hayden has the lead in our community play, Tanner was recently voted the most gifted and talented child in our church Sunday School, and Noel has begun playing nursery rhyme songs on his mini-piano. Jessica got a huge raise and was told she could take a couple days off each week since she is so efficient at work. Dan has been promoted to CEO of The World. We took three vacations last year to tropical paradises (see attached photos). We are truly blessed, and may God bless you.”

HA! Just kidding ... I was looking back on Christmas letters of years past (both received and sent) and it always seems like everyone is trying to one-up each other with accomplishments. I’m sure people don’t mean it that way – I know I don’t mean it that way – but it sure seems that way!

So, I am tackling the challenge of writing a Christmas letter that tells what we’ve been up to without seeming condescending towards everyone who reads it. It’s harder than it seems.

For example, if I write, “Hayden, Tanner, & Noel all loved splashing in the pool this summer; they learned to blow bubbles and kick their feet! We are looking forward to starting swim lessons this next summer.”, then it sounds like I’m subtly making sure everyone knows we have a pool and that our boys are going to be the next Michael Phelps.

But all I’m trying to say is “Yea, the boys are learning not to drown!” However, if I say that, then I’m being a smart-aleck. Which I am so NOT.

What? I’m not.

Most of the time.

Some of the time.

Okay, okay, WHATEVER … I still cannot say that in our Christmas letter!

So, I guess I’m stuck. I’m open to suggestions, please!


Jessica said...

I think you should stick with condescending...what is Christmas without a few family feuds?

Welcome to our life. said...

No suggestions here! This is the main reason I have never done a Christmas letter. I blog. lol