This is as close as I get to the Naughty and Nice List: who makes it on my card list this year?
I go through the address book and dutifully identify who gets and does not get a card this year. However, it is a bit more detailed than just that.
If you are off, then it is pretty clear that you suck... or at least at the moment you suck.
If you are in, then it really depends what kind of card and greeting that you get.
Are you close to me? Do you get a detailed note from me? Do you get the Merry Christmas greeting with blessings? Do you get the more generic, Happy Holidays?
Are you more traditional and need a more nostalgic picture on your card? Perhaps you are more jovial and the wiener dog wearing the Jingle sweater is sufficient? These are hard choices and hard times! My stamps are at the ready, ready to pounce on the correct combination.
Which one would you want? What would you want the greeting to be?
At the moment, if I were to write a Holiday greeting to myself, it would be:
You have had an incredible year. While I know you have had your ups and downs, take note that you have made significant changes in your life. I support you all the way. May next year bring more of the same.
(I would choose the Wiener dog in the Jingle sweater)
I am 36 and have been overweight for most of my life. There are much better things that define me, but till I work on this weight, it is the stinky fart in the room. So, I write this to keep accountable, to find inspiration in others, to rekindle the joy in myself.