You know earlier when I mentioned the CCN? I think it was called the "CCNL" at that point, but it's been abbreviated to the "CCN" because it just takes too long to add that "L" on the end. Anyway...remember me mentioning it? And I said I would explain why it's controversial later? Well, I've decided just to post an excerpt from this year's CCN here that might better explain the issue.
Who knew a newsletter stuffed in a Christmas card at the last minute would be such a conversation topic for the next twelve months? We’ve started referring to this little publication around our house as the CCN (Controversial Christmas newsletter). And the irony of that is the fact that the reaction I received from my family about the CCN was not at all controversial or hostile or…anything, really. There was no reaction at all. None. No one in my family even mentioned the thing to me. One cousin did say (only after I asked her if she received it) that she had not had time to read it, and that she had commented to her sister that I should know that newsletters should only be one page. Friends raved about it, thanked us for it, and wrote me letters long after the holiday with reference to things mentioned in the newsletter. PJ’s family loved it. Aunts, uncles, and cousins I had never even met approached me later in the year to tell me I should definitely keep creating a holiday newsletter. One of his aunts even told me I should be a writer. You think?
So last night was our family's annual Mexican Christmas. (I realize "Mexican Christmas" may not sound very PC, but trust me, it started as an innocent way to get the children more interested...although one niece was quite confused when there were no Mexicans at the first event. She had hoped to make new friends to practice her Dora words with...) Anyway, we showed up at my mom's and guess what? EVERYONE had something to say about this year's CCN! Isn't that a coincidence? Let's see, my brother said, "Why do you send that stupid newsletter every year?" (Yes, this is my little brother who I consider to be one of the more intelligent folks I know.) My sister-in-law said, "I told you last year that I liked your newsletter." (If so, I don't recall that, and I sincerely apologize.) My mother said, "You sent us two front pages instead of one of each page." So, I told her I would get her a second page and she said, "That's OK - I read their's," pointing to my brother and sister-in-law. My stepfather said, "Oh yeah, we got your newsletter! Don't worry, we read your newsletter."
So, I stand corrected. I'm sorry to have misled you. I do have a loving and supportive family who cherishes my creativity. I have no idea why I thought otherwise.