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The annual tradition of the holiday letter is a great way to keep in touch with our far-flung loved ones; an opportunity to update friends and family on career changes, family news and other achievements of the past year. Often it’s the only communication we have with some of our friends. Traditionally, these letters have earned the reputation as a vehicle for self-aggrandizement. Bragging about the clever things our kids have done or a laundry list of vacations and fabulous social occasions we’ve participated in. So much so that there has been a recent backlash to this annual ‘fake autobiography’ with people chronicling the intimate and often sobering details of their lives in much the same way reality TV profiles modern America. I’m not an advocate of these ‘tell all’ letters but I do think that these letters can be a rich opportunity to share who you are and some of your own history with others.

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