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Thanks for your impersonal and
self-serving holiday card. It’s lovely.

Washington Post, by Eric Hoover

Original Article

Posted By:Pluperfect, 12/8/2013 5:31:08 AM

Call me Grinch, call me Scrooge. Call me Lord Voldemort of the Yuletide. None could be worse than sending me a holiday card with glossy photographs of your lovely, smiling family. My wife, Emily, and I place your cards like trophies on our shelves, continuing an old-school practice that began about 175 years ago as a way of maintaining relationships as families and friends moved far and wide. Today’s cards may appear more personalized — with photos of spouses, kids and pets, and distribution lists much smaller than a sprawling collection of Facebook friends. But when I flip over the photo

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: StuartL, 12/8/2013 5:46:39 AM     (No. 9644984)

One gathers Mr. Hoover is referring to what were once quaintly known as "Christmas cards."

Regarding which, the long-standing rule of the L clan is that any seasonal correspondence (how´s that for a PC phrase??) that bears even so much as a handwritten signature receives a personally signed card with a handwritten note or letter in return. The fulfillment-house brag pieces that might as well be anonymous go into the shredder.

Think of it as social evolution in action.



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Reply 2 - Posted by: Keekng, 12/8/2013 5:54:47 AM     (No. 9644987)

Hoover nailed one of our pet peeves.
We only buy cards that include a strong reference to Christmas, never just "happy holidays" or "seasons greetings".
Every card we mail has a personalized note and a letter about our annual activities.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: cheese, 12/8/2013 5:59:08 AM     (No. 9644990)

As much as it pains me to click on a Washington Post story, I found this one was worth it. Clever and true, and so timely -- we just received our first...eh...Holiday Card yesterday. It was an impersonal photo card with four views of the family during their stay on Maui last year. Nothing remotely Christmas-y and nothing but self-advertisement. What have we become?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/8/2013 6:06:32 AM     (No. 9644995)

My first Christmas card this year came from Greg Abbott, who is running for governor. Although there was no fund appeal enclosed, I suspect Mr. Abbott and family have me in their sights.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Keekng, 12/8/2013 6:22:23 AM     (No. 9645001)

LOL, #4, ya suppose?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 12/8/2013 6:35:09 AM     (No. 9645004)

I could have written this myself. I loathe the cards from the people who put the picture of their family from the summer when they went to the British Virgin Islands (or wherever). They can´t have just gone to Myrtle Beach. What happened to dressing the kids up in an ugly ?Christmas sweater, and snapping a pic in front of the fireplace?

And don´t get me started on the ridiculous poses. Oh, you´re sending me a pic of all of you walking on a lonely road? Oh, and the pic you is of y´all walking away? So all I can see is your back? Original! Or how about the picture the idiot parents take of newborn baby´ feet, with mom and dad´s feet on either side? Please people, I´m begging you, I don´t want a picture of your feet.

#3, I take pains to make sure I send a card that says " Merry Christmas" and depicts the birth of Christ, or at least Mary and Jesus.

Loved this article!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jlw509, 12/8/2013 7:07:10 AM     (No. 9645023)

Envy --- displeasure at other people´s successes --- is one of the Seven Deadly Sins. I don´t like the "My Lovely Family" Christmas cards because they make me aware of my envy --- which may not be at the deadly level yet, but I´ll tell you I´m broke out with it fer sure. Itchy all over.

The fault is mine. The person who sent the card is innocent. Kind of.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mws50, 12/8/2013 7:11:31 AM     (No. 9645029)

#4, why didn´t you mention the content of our Attorney General´s Christmas card? He quoted Luke 2:14. "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, good will towards men."

I thought it was an excellent card, and I have put it with the rest of our cards.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/8/2013 7:26:50 AM     (No. 9645039)

It´s okay, #8. I´m a huge Greg Abbott fan.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: grayjay, 12/8/2013 8:22:47 AM     (No. 9645095)

Not to disagree with all the other ldotters, we enjoy the picture cards from our friends who we often haven´t seen for a long time. We enjoy seeing how their kids or grandkids are growing up, and where they have been. As one guilty of sending this type of card, we put much more work and effort into creating our cards than when we would just buy a box of "generic" Christmas cards. We get many emails from our friends, saying how fun and interesting our card was. We do put our own Christmas greeting in the card.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: frenesi1, 12/8/2013 8:24:08 AM     (No. 9645098)

I read this article and if he were on my list I would cross him off. He doesn´t want to see pictures of your kids. After all, he and his want pay an artist to draw something for their card. Sounds like an elitist to me.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/8/2013 8:40:33 AM     (No. 9645122)

Hurray for him for saying the words that were never to be said. Unthinkable. And it has absolutely nothing to do with envy.

Using Christmas to brag about one´s vacations is unthinkable, in my opinion. The kids´photos aren´t too bad (so long as the bragging about their accomplishments is kept to oneself) and ditto the grandkids. The unsigned cards are insulting. A brief message can be written on even a photo card.

Save your money, save your stamps. This is no way to celebrate Christmas.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: EnsignO, 12/8/2013 8:40:44 AM     (No. 9645123)

Man oh man does this article stir up some issues I hadn´t thought about. Since I´m getting ready to send out Christmas cards with my traditional Christmas letter, bringing all of our close friends up-to-date on the happenings of the past year at our house, this article puts things in a little different perspective.

Over the past ten years, my letter sometimes includes one or two pictures printed on the letter of the high points of that year´s experiences and events. One year (2010) we were very active in the political scene, so we included a picture of us with a well-known political figure and our impending journey to Washington DC as invited guests. I only sent that letter to people whose politics is similar to ours. At least I had the good sense to not send it to anyone who would take offense or who would drop me as a friend based on my rubbing shoulders with the pictured personality.

Now I´m going to psychoanalyze why I put any picture I might send in my greeting: Am I trying to elevate myself?, Am I trying to make others envious?, or Do I want others to share in our joy?

The article also is going to make me question the pictures I get from others. Just reading the article I already have questioned certain friends´ possible motives for the pictures they choose to send with their holiday greetings.

Bottom line should be - if it is a sincere desire to share a joy and make correspondence personal between you and the recipient, it´s okay. Just don´t spread envy or covetousness.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/8/2013 8:42:53 AM     (No. 9645127)

While I am on a rant, I´ll add that the boring letters documenting the year´s activities are a pain. If you know the family, you´ll know what they´ve been up to. The others from those who only communicate once a year are in the "who cares?" department. We just do not care!!!!!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: judy, 12/8/2013 8:51:54 AM     (No. 9645142)

My guess is Mr. Hoover receives very few cards. He just writes about the ones he received in previous years when postage was low. Typical WP, boring.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 12/8/2013 8:52:00 AM     (No. 9645143)

Now here´s a great Christmas letter. It begins:

2007 has been a year of many memories and milestones. January started well when Sarah was finally paroled. Although she remains on house arrest, and complains incessantly about the discomfort of the electronic sensor connected to her ankle, having her at home has really reduced the stress of raising the triplets, Calvin, Charity, and Alfredo. Particularly given Alfredo’s newfound interest in galvanizing pastries! That four-year old continually amazes me. We had a scare in late January when Alfredo tried to galvanize Charity, but after their initial shock the paramedics were awfully timely and nice and the plastic surgeon has worked wonders, at least on the right side. You really have to watch kids like a hawk these days.

And it goes on and on and on from there. Satirical? You bet. But good satire is based on truth, so...

The rest of it is here:

http://www.mscottsmith.org/?p=120

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Emerson, 12/8/2013 8:53:05 AM     (No. 9645145)

I have a sense that Mr. Hoover is hitting a few nerves.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: chumley, 12/8/2013 8:56:14 AM     (No. 9645147)

Geez. What a whiner. Not Christian enough? Too much self advertisng? How about next year you get a fat lotta nothing?
Not everyone is Christian. For many, Christmas is a celebration of family and friends, and memories of simpler, more innocent times. How many of us have not sat looking at the tree and remembered a Christmas from our youth?
I love cards from people I know. I am not offended by religions that are not mine, nor am I offended by news updates. I am happy to have been thought of.


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Reply 19 - Posted by: GrandmaP, 12/8/2013 9:07:23 AM     (No. 9645162)

For several years my husband and I received a photo Christmas card from a family across town. I assumed it was from someone my husband worked with or knew. He probably thought the same for me. It wasn´t until we received a baby gift and a congratulations card in the mail from them that I realized there was probably another, and much younger, couple in town with our same names.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: flybynight, 12/8/2013 9:12:45 AM     (No. 9645169)

OK. let´s see if I have this right: Only religious cards personally signed are acceptable? No letter, no admission that we had a fun year?
That does it! All of you, each and every one of you critics is hereby crossed off. No photos of my beloved family, no remembrances recounted of my once-in-a-lifetime adventure last summer, no prideful accountings of our big project´s progress, for you ingrates. No invitations to visit for you, and no envy-producing memories we have of visiting other dear ones.
And because I don´t need a Hallmark calligrapher to think of just the right inoffensive message, nor Mary and Joseph beaming through the snow, no preprinted banalities, either. Phooey on all of you. If we don´t have your email addy, you´re out of luck. Maybe it´s FB only this year. There. That was easy.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: columba, 12/8/2013 9:13:23 AM     (No. 9645171)

One notes that this thread now has 19 replies on an early Sunday morning. The Celebration of Christmas (the Nativity of Jesus Christ) has been observed by the Church since the early 4th century. And the celebration is simply that. The attempts by folks who are "enlightened" to sway the celebration toward a secular "feel good" day haven´t worked yet, and won´t. Christmas cards here are Christmas Cards. I do not mind getting pictures and mass letters from relatives, but I do not send them. A Christmas Card from this house will contain a picture of the Madonna (the real one) or a picture of a Nativity scene.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: MamaD, 12/8/2013 9:14:18 AM     (No. 9645172)

I guess I´m the only one who enjoys those pictures and newsletters. We lived in another state for years and made many friends, but since our move back to our home state, we simply can´t keep up with the "goings-on" of so many people we really care about. What´s wrong with receiving a picture of a family´s children and seeing how they´ve grown? Why such disgust at reading a newsletter about another friend´s trips, travails, and triumphs, as well as more mundane things? In our mobile, very busy society, what´s wrong with connecting with others in this way once a year? I actually save many of those photo cards and newsletters, and have had people wonder if something´s wrong if I haven´t sent mine.

We´ve got plenty of Scrooges here!




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Reply 23 - Posted by: OperaBuff, 12/8/2013 9:18:21 AM     (No. 9645181)

Call me sick and tired of Christmas. If the Bible is right, and it always is, Jesus Christ was born in September of 3BC. Ho, ho, ho.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: flybynight, 12/8/2013 9:27:16 AM     (No. 9645200)

P.S. You won´t be subjected to our poor inadequate and offensive efforts, BUT Please, please, leave us on YOUR list. We miss you, and are so happy to admire your beautiful children and grandchildren, hear of your epic trips, share your sadness of dear ones lost, and all that your life has bestowed. We are far from home, and this once a year greeting is the only time we get to catch up with you. Even a silly card you didn´t even bother to sign is better than nothing.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 12/8/2013 9:58:35 AM     (No. 9645254)

I´m with #14. As for "Happy Holiday" cards, I strike out the words and write, in big letters, "Merry Christmas!!!" And I write a personal note on the card.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 12/8/2013 10:36:44 AM     (No. 9645306)

This year I´ll accept "Warm Wishes" because, man, I wish it was warm!

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Reply 27 - Posted by: MDConservative, 12/8/2013 11:08:17 AM     (No. 9645350)

When my family´s greetings arrive in your mailbox, feel free to rage and tear it up if that brings you joy and contentment. And Merry Christmas anyways.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Bohallx, 12/8/2013 11:15:55 AM     (No. 9645355)

Threads like this give me a chance to wish all my friends and associates, known and unknown, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

So, why do I do that? Well, because with this 24" screen I get two things of great importance ~ I can blow up the text so I can read it without futzing around with a variety of lenses suitible for the blind, and I can actually read my own messages and edit them.

As our population ages and the baby boomers move on into their twilight years, there´ll be much more of this. Remember if you get a personalized card from an elderly person he or she put much more work into the job than youngsters in their mere 40s and 50s can imagine, and she´d like for you to make sure to call, with the kids, this year.

She´ll be home eh.

And so will grandpa ~ we hope.

Merry Christmas

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Reply 29 - Posted by: planetgeo, 12/8/2013 11:41:03 AM     (No. 9645385)

We too have a simple rule in our home...EVERY card, letter, email, call, etc., whether personal or impersonal, commercial or handmade, short or long, signed or not, secular or religious...is welcome.

You thought of us.
Thank you.
And Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 12/9/2013 1:00:36 AM     (No. 9645991)

It´s ok. As long as you remember our name and address, send it on.

It´s that time of year. Remember when on the phone with customer no service, when they wish you "Happy Holidays", ask if they celebrate Christmas. Most say "Yes" and nearly cry when you wish them a Merry Christmas.

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Perhaps the most remarkable feature of American democracy is the magnificent estate of public land that it reserved from the very beginning for the use of all citizens, rich or poor. There is nothing like it in the democracies of Europe, which came into being with nations already carved up into private fiefdoms. The Great Idea that hundreds of millions of acres of forests, deserts, rivers and prairies should be owned by, and managed for, the public interest has had a profound and lasting influence on American culture. But not everyone has accepted it. Cliven Bundy’s armed standoff with the National Park

A Marine´s story: Women set up
to fail USMC’s most grueling test

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ABC News, by Martha Raddatz*    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/21/2014 11:13:10 AM     Post Reply
At a petite 5’3’’, Sage Santangelo may not look like a combat fighter at first glance. But the female second lieutenant has never let that hold her back from pursuing her dream of becoming an infantry officer in the Marine Corps. Growing up, Santangelo found she was always able to keep up with the guys and enjoyed playing hockey on all boys’ teams. But when she joined the Marines, Santangelo found the playing field changed; she was segregated into female-only training units and as a woman, was relegated to less strenuous physical training than her male counterparts. And that’s why,

Wasserman-Schultz: Midterm Election
´Absolutely Not´ A Referendum on Obama

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Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 4/21/2014 8:22:28 AM     Post Reply
"No, absolutely not," the November midterm election is not a referendum on President Obama and his policies, Democrat Party Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) told NBC´s "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "[T]hese elections, particularly the Senate elections, are referendums on the candidates running," she said. Asked about vulnerable Democrats who have criticized President Obama´s flawed healthcare law, Wasserman Schultz said they are running their own race. "They have to talk about and focus on the issues that are important to their constituents. And what´s also true is, if you look at the success rate and the track record of

John Kerry’s Easter Message:
I’m ‘First Catholic Secretary of
State in 33 Years’

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Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/21/2014 2:26:51 AM     Post Reply
In an op-ed published in the Boston Globe on Easter Sunday and posted on the State Department website, Secretary of State John Kerry recalled his days as an altar boy and pointed out that he is “the first Catholic Secretary of State in 33 years.” Alexander Haig, who served as secretary of state to President Ronald Reagan from January 1981 to July 1982, was also a Catholic. Last month, I traveled to Rome with President Obama, where I was honored to meet His Holiness Pope Francis,” said Kerry. “As an altar boy six decades ago, I never imagined that I

Ignoring an Inequality Culprit:
Single-Parent Families

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Wall Street Journal, by David Maranto & Michael Crouch    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/21/2014 5:05:45 AM     Post Reply
Suppose a scientific conference on cancer prevention never addressed smoking, on the grounds that in a free society you can´t change private behavior, and anyway, maybe the statistical relationships between smoking and cancer are really caused by some other third variable. Wouldn´t some suspect that the scientists who raised these claims were driven by something—ideology, tobacco money—other than science? Yet in the current discussions about increased inequality, few researchers, fewer reporters, and no one in the executive branch of government directly addresses what seems to be the strongest statistical correlate of inequality in the United States: the rise of single-parent

USAID documents cite Hillary
Clinton in chaos of Afghan aid

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Washington Times, by Guy Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/20/2014 10:21:24 PM     Post Reply
In internal government documents with potential repercussions for the 2016 presidential election, top officials at the U.S. Agency for International Development repeatedly cited former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for setting into motion a policy to waive restrictions on who could receive U.S. aid in Afghanistan, resulting in millions of dollars in U.S. funds going directly into the coffers of Afghan ministries known to be rife with corruption. References to Mrs. Clinton’s role in the policy first appeared in a November 2012 USAID action memo, which outlined how U.S. officials made a “strategic foreign-assistance

The Incredibly Stupid War on
the Common Core

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Daily Beast, by Charles Upton Sahm    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 4/21/2014 7:22:12 AM     Post Reply
An unholy alliance between the Tea Party and the teachers’ unions threatens to derail the most promising education reform in decades. Like Rocky in the early rounds, the new Common Core math and reading standards are being pummeled left and right. From the left: Education icon Diane Ravitch says the Common Core represents a “utilitarian view of education” that is too focused on testing, data, and accountability. From the right, “ObamaCore” is denounced as federal intrusion. Heritage Foundation education fellow Lindsey Burke calls it “an effort to impose a uniform, standardized curriculum across the country.” From the further right, the always

Bernardine Dohrn´s Nomination For
The First Circuit Court of Appeals

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Townhall, by Hank Adler    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/21/2014 1:18:39 PM     Post Reply
What are the chances that Bernardine Dohrn, the wife of Bill Ayres, and a principal signatory on the Weather Underground´s "Declaration of a State of War" in May 1970 could be appointed as a judge in a Federal Court? Dohrn graduated with honors with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and subsequently graduated from the University of Chicago Law School. Until August 2013, she was a clinical Associate Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law. Bernardine Dohrn´s resume is almost as appealing as the President´s resume when he was elected to the presidency.


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