Recession and the holiday

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Recession and the holiday
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Wed, 12-02-2009 - 10:52am

Has the recession affected the way you'll be celebrating the holidays this year?


A note from our Director...


Will you be sending a holiday newsletter to family and friends this year? Will you disclose any "bad news" that may have happened in 2009 such as layoffs or other financial difficulties? If you send a holiday update and are trying to decide what to include, we'd love to hear from you.


Please email us at ivcommunity@mail.ivillage.com with your story.


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Registered: 01-15-2006
Thu, 12-03-2009 - 11:42am

no,the recession hasn't affected our own celebrating.

 

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Registered: 11-22-2000
Thu, 12-03-2009 - 2:41pm

I doubt that we will do much celebrating this year, but that isn't financially motivated.


I don't do newsletters.


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Thu, 12-03-2009 - 3:02pm

Our celebration will likely be smaller this year, not because the recession has impacted us personally, but because the affect it has had on people we know (and many we don't) has helped put things in perspective for us.

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Thu, 12-03-2009 - 3:52pm

The recession has not affected how we will celebrate the holidays. We are one of the lucky families who immediate family have not been affected by the recession.

We are planning the same budget we have had set for about the last 8-9 years.

Our charity contributions may be slightly up from last December. I try to spread them throughout the year but do usually give more in December.

I have never done a mass newsletter but do usually ad a note with my Christmas cards. It is individualized depending on the person. Some one I see quite frequently it may just be a few lines in the card. Someone for who our Christmas card is how we catch up every year it may be a full page letter.

I can very well see how if someone does do newsletters having a bad year would be hard. The year my mother died I did not do Christmas cards at all. I could not bring myself to write over and over again that my mother was dying, but I also did not feel right about writing to people telling them what was going on in my life and leaving that out. So I did what was the easiest for me and just did not send cards.

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Registered: 02-04-2009
Thu, 12-03-2009 - 11:23pm

I don't send holiday newsletters, but I admit that they are a guilty pleasure of mine. However, based on some past holiday newsletters that we have received, my ex's wife (who shares this guilty pleasure with me) and I have created a short list of rules.

1. The phrase "mucous plug" should never EVER appear anywhere in a holiday newsletter. Never.

2. We are delighted to read that you and your current husband are expecting your first child. Seriously delighted. This does not, however, mean we need to know about all your failed efforts with the ex husband and how his sperm were clearly far inferior to that of your current dh.

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Fri, 12-04-2009 - 1:27pm
I find that holiday letters usually reflect the personality of the people who write them. If the people are stuck up and competitive, then they right braggy, obnoxious letters. We have a few friends who are like that, and their letters are just plain fun to read aloud to each other and roll our eyes at each other. But most of the letters we get are interesting, intelligent, chatty, self-deprecating, and fun. Because most of our friends are interesting, intelligent, chatty, self-deprecating, and fun.
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Fri, 12-04-2009 - 1:52pm

LOL, I love your basic rules - smart.
Thanks for replying :)

Pat


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Fri, 12-04-2009 - 1:55pm

Great idea from the school, thank you so much for replying.

Have a good weekend!
~Pat


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Fri, 12-04-2009 - 1:57pm

Thank you for your reply Lauren, I share your feelings about cards, I haven't had the energy to prepare them for about 20 years now.

Have a nice weekend!
Pat


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Fri, 12-04-2009 - 2:01pm

The world would be a better place if more felt as you do about the holiday season. Thank you so much for replying.

Pat


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