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It’s Christmas Card Season!

I love Christmas. Mostly I love all the great Christmas cards we exchange with friends and family. With life these days, we keep up with probably 50% of our friends via a Christmas card exchange. Sounds sad that life gets that busy that we can’t pick up the phone every now and again to keep in touch…but it just does. Still, Christmas provides a wonderful chance to catch up with friends.

Dave and I play a game called "Guess who….". With many of our friends who we don’t get to see as often as we’d like, it’s hard to keep track of how quickly their kids are growing up. In fact, for some of our friends, we’ve never even met their kids, but it’s fun to try to guess what kids belong to what friends from year to year!

The one card I cringe when I open each year is my parents’. Sounds disrespectful, right? Not hardly. For those of you who have read my blog in the past, you remember I mentioned my dad’s errr….odd hobby.

Lexographer? What’s that?? (See November 21 blog). Technically, it’s someone who writes and/or edits dictionaries. More loosely, however, it’s a wordsmith, or a student or enthusiast of interesting words.

In case you thought I was joking? I thought I’d share, in the spirit of Christmas, the agony that we all endure each year because of this hobby. Below is the introductory paragraph from my parent’s holiday letter:

"After 2006, this year has been a dream."…..OK, I am good so far.

"Although dysecdysis of those events remains, the outcomes have been transpicious and there’s no lack of legerity on the home front. That’s why we value today and are in no hurry for tomorrow to arrive. Except for the scourge called Barokopaulamittiani fuled by Shrillary and Awshuckabee that can’t help but further poison the scampaign that is just another form of pronocracy! Bushlips and twonks all around. Deja poo! It’s enough it induce trichotillomania and wish for the fast lane. It’s become a gogmagogical callifudge that mopples the sane, is twistical and needs a swift biwrixle! But enough of fistipuffs and syllogistic facetiae!"


Other gems: enubilation, YYSSLIBTO, musard, mundificants, lacunane, anabaric, cludging, molimious, fugelman, operose, proceleusmatic, telic, ogive, onychophagia, fissiparous, orgulous, titivated, selcouth, xeriscapes, pogonotrophy, fustian. I dare….no, I double-dog-dare anyone out there to tell me what the HECK this man is talking about!!!

While we run for our dictionaries so we can communicate with my dad over the Christmas holiday, we also want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and best for a Happy New Year.

Persistence. Determination. Love. The Journey!

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