Every year, about this time, my husband and I disagree. It’s the only time all year.
He likes traditional family pictures. He wants the family to get in their Sunday best and sit by a waterfall with hands in laps, smiling prettily as someone takes our picture. I would rather have my kids in clothes they wear every day having pictures taken while they try to get in the waterfall. It’s more real to me. And we yell at our children less.
It’s the same with the Holiday letter. He would like me to write a letter saying everything we did that year, but I just can’t. I’m not sure if I think this is bragging or if I think it’s lying to only highlight the good parts.
I love getting Christmas cards that tell me what everyone is doing, but some can be a bit over the top. If you tell me that your daughter won the science fair, your son played piano at a Yo Yo Ma concert, and your spouse threw a party for 500 and cooked all of the food in your one oven, I start questioning what your spouse soaked your piece of fruitcake in.
My card would say something like “my children love reptiles, but a little too much. I finally threatened to send any more snakes I found in my house to Hermes to make a nice handbag. Crying may have followed.”
So I am asking all of you, what do you do/like? Do you like the Christmas letters where everything is absolutely perfect in life or do you like the cards that admit the flaws?