How to write a better holiday letter

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Since graduating college and starting a family, I've been on the fence as to whether or not I should write a "holiday letter". For me, this apprehension spawns from the fear that I have succumb to normalcy, and officially turned into my parents. (I love 'em and all, but when you're still in your early twenties, remaining cool is a surprisingly significant priority.) Plus -- as is common in my mom's holiday update -- I'm afraid whatever text I'd come up with would more closely resemble a family promo spot than a newsletter.

As you might suspect, this sort of aggrandizement of the family's successes is common. But if you're annoyed by your sister's insistence that her son is the most naturally gifted pianist since Mozart, take heart -- you're not alone. The boastful annual update is apparently one of the more irritating social faux pas of the holiday season.

I've yet to meet a parent that didn't think his or her kid was the most amazing child that ever existed in the history of the world, and it's natural to take pride in your family's accomplishments, but -- as noted by the linked article -- when we exaggerate our prosperity (or whatever), we may be setting a bad example for our children. As in, "don't lie, except when you want family and friends to think well of you at the holidays."

Who knows. The key is probably not to take it too seriously. It is the holidays after all -- a time when people are prone to particularly odd behavior.

But this brings me back to my letter. To write, or not to write? Anyone have a suggestion on a creative alternative to the holiday update? A family comic strip, perhaps?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.