Your holiday greetings for 2009

It’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about crazy deals saving you money on stuff you wouldn’t have bought in the first place, or the chance that the one dreaded fruitcake left in the world will be re-gifted to you. I’m talking about that awesome tradition of family holiday greetings letters. You know, the ones that are now typed, mass printed and placed on holly jolly paper so you feel more festive while reading about why someone else’s family is way better than yours.

To help you compete, I’ve created a simple format for you to copy and paste into a document. Just fill in the blanks, print, sign and share some holiday joy – MadLibs style.  🙂

To our dearest (relationship),

Greetings from (weather adjective) (adjective) (state)! I hope this letter finds your family doing as (adverb) as ours did this year!

This was a busy but exciting year for us with (name)’s (event) and (name)’s (event). We never thought we’d survive the (noun), but thankfully our faith in (deity) has allowed us to reach another (holiday) season. Of course, we were saddened by the loss of (family relation) (name), but we know they are in a better place now with (deity).

(Name) is making us all so (adjective) since they’ve decided to (noun). And we’ll have another busy year since (name) is finally going to (noun.)

I don’t know how we kept up with everything this year, what with our trip to (location) and the whole (length of time) that (name) was recovering from their (type of injury) (body part).

The (type of dwelling) is looking better now that the (type of plants or trees) have started to grow in. In (month), (name) came for a visit and their (relationship) coming with them was a surprise but we enjoyed our time with them. In (month), our beloved (pet’s name) was stricken with (disease) but the vet says they lived (number) months longer than anyone could have expected. Thank (deity)!

Well, we’re busy here preparing for the (holiday) feasts we’ll be hosting, now that (name) is married and has (number) beautiful children who will help fill our home with the sounds of (sound) for a while. We hope this letter finds you doing (adverb). Can’t wait to share all the wonderful news from our family with you again next year. May (deity) keep you (adverb) and (adjective) in the new year.


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3 comments on “Your holiday greetings for 2009

  1. Thanks Ari! This is a huge help. You and @minij will be receiving our letter in the next day or so. I just need to figure out which deity to praise. I’m thinking something from Lord of the Rings.


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  3. My friend and I were recently discussing about how we as human beings are so hooked onto electronics. Reading this post makes me think back to that debate we had, and just how inseparable from electronics we have all become.

    I don’t mean this in a bad way, of course! Ethical concerns aside… I just hope that as the price of memory falls, the possibility of transferring our brains onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It’s one of the things I really wish I could see in my lifetime.

    (Posted on Nintendo DS running R4i SDHC DS NetServ)


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