I don't think I mentioned it on this board but this year I had stated that all I wanted for Christmas was to talk to my brother. We have not been getting along for several years.
I left him a message on Christmas Day (letting him know we'd received the gifts...which are still unopened under the tree). He called back and agreed that we needed to have a more in-depth discussion so we set a time and talked for over an hour on Monday!
It wasn't perfect and we both had some frustration over trying to get our points across. I think we made progress, though, and we've at least opened the door. He also said he might be getting closer to being willing to talk to my parents.
He promised to send a monthly email detailing what's going on with his family. I haven't figured out how to get him to understand that, to me, caring means asking what I'm doing as well. ;)
I sent him an email this morning elaborating on some of the stuff we talked about yesterday. We both tend to mull over conversations long after they're over and I'm hoping the additional thoughts keep the conversation going.