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Prompted By Holiday Letters

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The solstice approaches, that dark time of year

Actually, sometimes I really like getting a letter.

When all of the seasonal memes reappear

There’s Santa, the shopping, the big ugly sweaters,

The lights and the fruitcake, the holiday letters.


Too often they’re filled with all kinds of inanity,

Sometimes assumptions about Christianity,

Mumble of humble-brag, pix of vacation,

Now and then just way too much information.


But letters and cards have now all been surpassed

By electronic messages, frequent and fast.

There’s Facebook and Instagram, What’s App–oh dear!

We get “holiday letters” each day of the year!

Profile photo of Khati Hendry Khati Hendry

Characterizations: been there, funny, right on!, well written


  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    What you write is true, Khati. But I still look forward to hearing from far-flung friends and relatives once a year so I know what’s up in their lives.

  2. Wonderful Khati! And so I see it’s not only my friends and family whose holiday letters give us TMI!

    Happy days to you and yours – stay safe!

  3. John Shutkin says:

    Just a great RetroFlash, Khati. In a few words and phrases, you really well capture not just those letters letters but other holiday themes And you even make your rhyme schemes work beautifully while doing it. Brava.

  4. Marian says:

    This is brilliant, Khati. I hope you get meaningful memes and messages this holiday and throughout next year.

  5. Suzy says:

    Khati, I saw that cartoon in the newspaper yesterday, and thought about putting it in my story, glad I didn’t. Others may not have noticed your pull quote, since it only appears on the homepage and not in the story, but I did and I appreciated it. Your poem is remarkable, you may have even outdone John, because it scans perfectly, as well as rhyming brilliantly! Thanks for a great RetroFlash!

  6. Great cadence, clever rhymes, and you covered many of the classics, from fruitcake to sweaters to…holiday letters. Well done! And fun!

  7. Laurie Levy says:

    Perfect poem and RetroFlash, Khati. And thanks for the cartoon, which did make me laugh out loud!

  8. A smart, rhythmic take in three/quarter time, Khati. It all fits perfectly and rocks along nicely to ‘Night Before Christmas’ and carries a heady comment about how completely our communication has changed.

  9. Loved the picture, too! But yes, your writing scanned perfectly to waltz time. 🙂

  10. Dave Ventre says:

    I’ve just never been able to believe that anyone is all that interested in the minutia of my life. Except maybe my wife, and she was there!

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