The first Christmas cards I did as a newlywed were handwritten. No kidding. I wrote a personal note on every one of those suckers, and I went on doing it for several years after that until kids and job got in the way.
That’s when I succumbed to the lure of the Christmas letter.I’ve been doing Christmas letters for a long time now, since the nineties at least. When I taught desktop publishing, I had access to super neat software and graphics, along with a high quality laser printer, so I could produce some pretty slick-looking letters. Now it’s not quite so easy, but I’m still stuck with doing them.
The problem is that I set the bar pretty high those first few years. I wanted to make up for the fact that I wasn’t writing the cards by hand anymore. So I set it up as a newspaper and I spent a lot of time trying to come up with witty ways of saying “Not much new here, what’s new with you?” along with unusual clip art that I’d scanned in at school.
For a while I even enjoyed doing it, but now, well, not so much.Given my choice, I admit I’d sort of like to skip the whole thing. Between email and cell phones, I’m a lot more in touch with friends and relations than I used to be. If I can’t skip the whole process altogether, I’d love to go digital too. But we have a number of elderly relatives who would be mortally offended if they didn’t get a physical Christmas card in the mail, complete with newsletter. And since I see some of them at Christmas time, I’d hear all about that mortal offense, believe me.So here I am, once again poised at the computer, trying to think of something halfway clever to say about the past year.
It’s not that 2011 wasn’t fun, it’s just that, well, it’s not much fun to write about. And I don’t do graphics anymore—instead I content myself with flashy type.Oh well, if nothing else, I’m helping the USPS pay down its deficit. And who knows, maybe some day I’ll be the one grumping about those young whippersnappers who never remember to send their Christmas cards on time. Only I’ll be checking my email, not trudging to the snail mail box in the snow.
About the Author: Meg Benjamin is the author of the Konigsburg series for Samhain Publishing. Book #3, Be My Baby, won a 2011 EPIC Award for Contemporary Romance. Book #4, Long Time Gone, received the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Indie Press Romance. Book #5, Brand New Me, was a Long and Short Reviews Best Book. Meg lives in Colorado with her DH and two rather large Maine coon kitties (well, partly Maine Coon anyway). Her Web site is http://www.MegBenjamin.com. You can follow her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/meg.benjamin1), and Twitter (http://twitter.com/megbenj1). Meg loves to hear from readers—contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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