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The Last Christmas Letter

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The Last Christmas Letter, borrowed from my Plinky post. The Plinky prompt was: How is technology changing the way families interact?

Technology is definitely changing how families interact. One result will be — if it hasn’t happened already in your family — the death of the Christmas letter. The Christmas letter used to contain detailed accounts of Uncle Igor’s bunion surgery, little nephew Engelbert’s getting braces, and niece Gertrude’s amateur efforts to dye and cut her own hair as well as the hair of the dog, cat and rabbit.

Uncle Igor may not have seen his nephew Engelbert since the little tyke was 5 years old, but he’s viewed thousands of YouTube videos, Facebook posts, tweets, and Flickr albums of Engelbert in the dentist chair, in the line at the movie theater (wasn’t Shrek 17 just a scream?!), in every Halloween costume, opening each and every Christmas present, finding all the Easter eggs, dressed in pea green for the St. Patrick’s Day parade, and at his 10th birthday party singing Karaoke. By the time Christmas rolls around, there is nothing new to report.

When the family actually gets together, Uncle Igor can hardly believe his eyes. “Engelbert,” he says, “you look taller in the videos.”

Postaday2011 #21.


Author: Tresha Barger

Writer (blogs, humor, short stories, poetry) and artist (miniature art quilts, watercolor paintings, soft sculpture dolls)

One thought on “The Last Christmas Letter

  1. This has already happened in my family. No more lists of “do we really need to know all this stuff?” We’re all on FaceBook, where we can choose to ignore each other — or not. ;p

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