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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.

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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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Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
a belief in a better day to come´

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
Romney for President’ chant again

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
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Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this

You lie! Reporters accuse Obama
of deception, demagoguery just
to get attention

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
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Prominent Washington correspondents are accusing President Obama and his aides of knowingly stretching the truth on issues like the so-called women´s pay gap just to create controversy and keep issues -- and the president -- relevant. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus kicked off the attack last week when she blasted as “demagoguery” the administration´s tactics during the pay gap debate. “The level of hyperbole -- actually, of demagoguery -- that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting,” she wrote. CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett then weighed in this week in his National Journal

Clintons celebrate Chelsea’s
pregnancy announcement

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New York Post, by Stephanie Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:32:52 AM     Post Reply
The Clintons had a busy night of celebrations after Chelsea announced she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a baby. Bill joined “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey at the Revlon Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall Thursday, joking of Spacey’s Machiavellian character, “When I was president people accused me of murder all the time, made a show of investigating. Spacey’s president for 15 minutes and he gets away with murder.” Spacey, who sang during the event with Sting, Stephen Stills and James Taylor, also showed off his Johnny Carson impression, taking a swipe at the coverage of Flight


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