December 3, 2009

Spinning up a Holiday Newsletter

This week's Spin Cycle assignment is Holiday Newsletters.  Do you send out a Holiday Newsletter each year?  We never have - our friends and family are lucky if their Christmas Cards arrive in time to ring in the New Year.

This year will be no different.

I haven't picked out the cards we'll be sending this year, nor have I gone and picked up stamps as of yet.  So I decided to have lots of fun with this Spin Cycle and do a over-the-top spoof fun  version of a Holiday Newsletter.



Dear Friends and Family,

We have finally decided that it was time to actually honor you with an Annual Newsletter.  After all, it is that time of year to share with you our adventures in this journey we call life. 2009 has been a year of magic and wonder.

Princess Nagger, now 7, is growing by leaps and bounds.  When she got her first "I Dig Dinosaurs" kit, she seemed quite interested in discovering previously undiscovered dinosaur bones.  This year she set out into the Back 40 with determination, and successfully unearthed the never before heard of Dorkeosaurus.  We were pleased when she had her first article published in the Journal of Avocational Paleontology.  Paleontologists from all over the world are now digging in their backyards hoping to unearth more bones and information of the Dorkeosaurus.

Stacy had a very busy year.  Between her creative work at Dreamworks Animation and Senior Partner of Goldman Sachs, she introduced a line of children's novels and hand made active-wear. Along the way she took three startups through their IPO. We are proud of her work serving on the Board of Directors of Mattel, Coca-Cola, and Walt Disney.

Hovering Hubby was immersed in Graduate School studies, and managed to co-author a paper on Conjoint Analysis Self Explicated and Discrete Choice Models and accept a Nobel Prize for his new discoveries in Green Fluorescent Protein.

We were able to squeeze a little traveling in this year. We started in Greece, traversed our way through Europe, then on to the Congo, Sweden, Ethiopia, Greenland, Holland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Venezuela, and Zaire. Our trip sailing our new yacht around the world was a great experience, especially for Princess Nagger, as we learned to communicate with Dolphins and discovered a new unique breed of penguins Happy Feet style.

Travis and Rolex, our Blue and Sable Merle Shelties, learned to speak. Latin. Other than that, it was a very quiet year. So from our household to yours, all the Blessings of the Season and may your New Year be as prosperous as ours. We found out yesterday that we won the $150 Million Lottery.

The Wannabes,
Stacy, Princess Nagger and Hovering Hubby


This Silly Spin Cycle was brought to you in part by Jen, a fellow Board of Director for Walt Disney and Sprite's Keeper.  Head on over and check out the other spinners - you might find some great ideas for your Annual Holiday Newsletter.  Or at least enjoy a good laugh. 


Edited to add:

Playing along with Fun & Games with Jenners - Over-The-Top Holiday Newsletters: Game 11



30 Random Sassy Comments:

Steven Anthony said...

If I had a yr like that I would write a news letter too.....lol...cute;)

Luigi | UPrinting.com said...

I haven't received a holiday newsletter, but thank you for sharing this post. This is very nice.

Secretia said...

When I think about it, it's a lot more interesting than a simple signed card. I might try it.

Thanks, Secretia

otin said...

Wow, you are very successful! LOL!!!

I think that the crashing thing may be my computer :(

Martha in PA said...

Funny. I used to write a letter, I guess I should this year, but I keep up with so many on Facebook, maybe I don't have too,and all of the family I sent it too have seen me in person since most live HERE!

I bought cards last year at a well know card store... 90% off. I liked them, and that was just a deal I couldn't pass up! That's on my list this weekend, but it is 66 freaking degrees this morning. Not Christmas mood weather.I better get the lights up today if the wind slows down a bit!

Mrsbear said...

Well, you are an accomplished bunch. So far we've never stumbled on the rare Dorkeosaurus, but maybe I'll set my son loose in the backyard with a pick and see what he can find.

I've never sent a holiday letter or received one, but your post set my gears spinning. ;)

kyooty said...

well if you have that much you have to write the letter, now for clarification did the bone come from the back 40 acres? or the back 40 Leagues under the sea?

Mommakin said...

And here I thought you were just a wine-making blogger from Pennsylvania. You've been so humble!

Jan said...

"Our friends and family are lucky if their Christmas Cards arrive in time to ring in the New Year."

If it weren't for the fact that you're blond and gorgeous, I'd think we were twins separated at birth.

cat said...

Oh this was a great laugh. I actually hate those news letters and we do a very brief wording and a photo and maybe get them posted just in time.

Funny in my mind said...

That is so funny!

I sent one out a couple of years ago because a family member always had these bragging type letters and I wanted to pay her back.
Except I felt bad bragging so much.
And I had nothing to really brag about.

Amy said...

We just send a card out. I love your letter.

Sprite's Keeper said...

Apparently, I'm on the board of Trustees, considering all the money I've spent..
Love your letter!
Quiet year indeed, I'm surprised you haven't died of boredom! ;-)
You're linked!

buffalodick said...

Nice list of "G" rated fantasies!

blueviolet said...

You've been keeping an awful lot of secrets from me this year! How could you? I thought we were friends!

;) Luv ya!

Goose said...

Don't we all wish our annual holiday letters were this exciting?

Kristina P. said...

Wow, you guys are amazing! ;)

Pam said...

I love the Christmas letter! We get ones like this and I have to laugh. The house Princess Nagger made is beautiful!

Just Breathe said...

Okay, you got me. I started reading and thought "I didn't know this stuff" and then I realized it wasn't real. I wannabe too!

Brian Miller said...

lol. thank was amazing! got the elf yesterday...the boys got the letter this morning...and they are jazzed!

Nancy Campbell said...

Just another year at the Random household, huh?

Too funny.

Vodka Logic said...

You wish that was your news letter...so do I ...whhhaaaa..

I should just try it and see how many distant relatives believe it.

Maggie said...

Aw!!! VERY SWEET!

I didn't send out any cards this year!!! xD I got way behind on a lot of things and for a card to get there from here takes about a month or more!! XD

Grand Pooba said...

Hahaha! For some reason, I believe every word!

(you make me laugh!)

rxBambi said...

...learned to speak. Latin.
Bwahahahaha!!!

too funny!

Joanie M said...

Funny letter!! Over-the-top is an understatement!

magda said...

Die-ING. The last paragraph is the best. Love the faux-humility. There is a fine line between telling to much and being nonchalant, leaving not even a note or signature on a photo card of your children. But who has the time and energy to write a sincere and individualized note to each of the people on our lists. And if I have not spoken to or heard from you all year, well.... I'm just sayin'

Alexis AKA MOM said...

I just read a book about a lady that writes Christmas Letters for people putting a spin on them. it was wonderful and great how she could make your life sound so wonderful!

Love the letter :)

Jenners said...

Totally love it!!!!!!!! Can I "borrow" this for Fun & Games with Jenners? I'll give you and The Spin Cycle full credit? I just want over-the-top ones ... not real ones!! Let me know!

Becca said...

We receive a few holiday newsletters each year but have never done one of our own. Most seem to drone on and on. We do have one family though who sends out their funny quotes from the year. We actually look forward to theirs! :)