Post # 1
Ok–serious question here about sending a “newsletter” or update in our Christmas cards this year. Is this seen as silly/stupid/braggy?
DH and I live out of state from my family, so I only get to see them a couple of times a year and I am unable to see my friends at all hardly. I would like to send an update to the out of state people on some things that happened in 2013, but I don’t want to be seen as THAT person who thinks they’re SO important that EVERYONE is waiting, holding their breath even, for a newsletter. Can you sense my sarcasm?
So is this something you actually read/care about if it is sent to you? My card list is short, maybe 17 families and only about 6 of those would I include a short letter in, in addition to a handwritten card. These people also do not have Facebook, if that makes a difference!
Post # 3
@Mrs_Amanda: Okay… we get 2 a year. One from a family we don’t even know who sends one and we enjoy reading because we don’t know who they are. And another which a lady sends and IS braggy. It is written in an obnoxious way and makes it a running joke to read aloud each year. I think if you write it tastefully it could be nice but from the two my family gets I don’t think I would write one. I’d email instead.
Post # 4
I think it’s fine. My MIL sends one every year to over 100 families. I always enjoyed getting them before getting married. Now I’m in them and I’m sure my wedding will be featured.
Post # 5
i know a few people who do this. it is nice to read, especially for family members who you don’t see often.
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I think in your case it would be okay.
In general I am not a huge fan, but I often get them from people I barely know. One family sends one that is written from the point of view of their dog…and signed by their dog. To me some of them get a bit strange, some are too braggy, and some are just funny.
But if I was a close family member of yours and you wrote a nice letter I would appreciate it.
Post # 7
If you live out of state, and I don’t get to see you or hear how you’re doing, then I don’t mind the letter. It’s the families who live 20 mins away, who I see on a regular basis that annoy me. I think by selecting certain people on your list you will weed out the people who would be annoyed and send to the people who would most enjoy it.
Post # 8
I said No because of the 3 page red paper nightmares I’ve gotten in the past. But based on what you’ve said, if you could keep it concise enough to be a one sided 5×7 paper (or whatever fits in your card) then it would be very nice.
Post # 9
I think it’s fine since it’s a select list, they’re obviously close to you so it’s not bragging. Also it seems more personal and less braggy if you personalize the letter with “dear ____” at the top even if it’s a form letter.
Post # 10
@Mrs_Amanda: I think it’s fine! Personally I like reading those, especially if you have had an interesting year.
It’s like the Geller Yeller!
Post # 11
I like them! It’s a good way for me to keep up with the lives of friends or family that have moved away.
Mostly, I’ve found that if you like the person then you’ll like the newsletter. Because the only braggy newsletter I get is from someone who is braggy in real life. So whatevs. If you keep it fun and short and informative, I think they can be nice.
Post # 12
A cousin of my moms used to send us one (we’d never met them!) and we used to make SO MUCH FUN OF THEM! The mom clearly wrote it but she would talk about herself in 3rd person. All I remember is she used to go to a ton of quilting conventions and she always wrote about that.
That being said, I think its fine to write one if you have big news to share (wedding, getting engaged, babies, etc.) but I think they’re silly mostly.
Post # 13
I think it is fine in your case, espcially since you are only send them to 6 people, they live out of state and they don’t have Facebook.
Post # 14
@Mrs_Amanda: I think it’s a great idea! I will be doing this next year. We have family all over and some we don’t see but every 3 years.
Post # 15
@Mrs_Amanda: I have never heard of that. Newsletters are for companies, not people. Just my opinion, but if I was important to you then you’d keep me up to date during the year rather than sending me an end of the year update 😛 I wouldn’t like this at all. A personal letter? Sure. A newsletter? I would think, is she serious?
That’s just me though!
Post # 16
My topics would be this:
1- greeting to those that we mIss, wishing them Merry Christmas and giving out my new cell number
2- shout out about my sis getting married and moving to where DH and I live
3- we purchased our first home in June <– this one feels a little braggy, but it was a huge step for us so I made it really short and sweet
4- updates on our jobs/dog
5- our plan to visit my home state this Spring, so letting these 6 families know because we would like to see them if at all possible
Too much? Each point is about 2-3 sentences, so it’s not terribly long.