The McFamily Christmas Letter

I am an organzier by nature.

And a multi-tasker.

I also like being one step ahead of the proverbial game. Stevie and I both have birthdays in December. In fact, thanks to my unwillingness to reamain on bed-rest on my 29th birthday, I had Stevie one day later on December 12th. McDaddy was happy that our sweet boy arrived in time to be claimed on our taxes and I was happy that I didn’t have to spend one more miserable second on bed-rest but if I had any sense I would have kept my sorry behind in the bed and waited until after the holidays to have my sweet boy. Instead, we have two birthdays, one day apart, two weeks before Christmas and one very L-O-N-G sentence.

For that reason, I try to do as much as I can to prepare for the holiday way in advance so I can enjoy the holiday.

If you are a friend IRL (as opposed to URL) who receives the McFamily Christmas Letter in our Christmas card, you should stop reading right now. If not, you will totally ruin the surprise of our Christmas letter.

In other words, you should not read any further if you want to be surprised when our Christmas card arrives.


There are probably a million handful of people out there who despise the Christmas letter.

We get about six or eight Christmas letters each year and I look forward to them. I also appreciate the cards that are acutally hand-signed by their senders.

I told my BFF Becky yesterday that every year I wonder if I will be able to compose an interesting Christmas letter. And, every year, I surprise myself. During a twenty-minute stint in the pick-up line one day, I started thinking about our Christmas letter. Within minutes, my wheels were turning and I knew if I didn’t get home quickly, I would never remember what I was thinking about.

I’m glad to have this one thing done well in advance of the holiday.

Here is the final product that has become the 2009 McFamily Christmas Letter. It should be read to the tune of Twas The Night Before Christmas… [Insert image of cute Christmas paper here!]

Twas the month before Christmas, at the McFamily abode
Steve’s working for Honeywell, Julie’s cleaning a commode
The stockings are hung on the banister by the door
Hopefully the kids won’t knock them in the floor.
The children are healthy, and snug in this place
They run wild here at home, they sure love to race
Julie’s in her bloggy chair, Steve plays in his jeep
The fellas love to off-road in that big, dirty heap.
When in the back bedroom I hear a big thump
Our sweet little Alex is jumping from the top bunk.
Away through the hall, I fly with a flash
I arrive just in time to see my little boy crash

It’s been a long year filled with deployment stuff
We made it through, but some days it was tough.
After 107 days, Julie and the boys appeared
On Guantanamo Bay with eyes full of tears

The boys were excited, to see their sweet dad
We were all reunited and man, were we glad.
More rapid than before, the days passed quickly by,
And we said tearful goodbyes again with a sigh!
Now daddy! We’ll miss you! Please hurry home!
Our house is just not the same when you are gone!
Daddy was gone six long months with the Guard in Cuba
Spending time with the GTMO folks and a little time for some scuba.
And now that it’s done, we’re grateful for each-other
And Steve and I are sure thankful for two sweet little brothers
Stevie’s in first grade and soon will be seven
He asked Christ in his heart this year so he could go to Heaven.
Alex is four and wears glasses like his brother
He’d rather be in the garage with dad instead of in the van with his mother
As they play together and giggle with joy
Steve and I thank God for our two little boys.
Usually dressed in CARS attire, with shoes on their feet,
Our boys stay busy, their rooms rarely neat.
A bundle of Toys they’re asking for this year
We are just thankful our family is near.
There’s joy in our home and smiles on our faces
We’re thankful to travel and camp in lots of new places.
Our hearts are full and so are our hands
We continue to pray for those serving in far off lands.
Steve’s family is still growing with three kids on the way
There’s lots of nieces and nephews what more can we say?
Alex is potty trained and that makes us real happy
We’re trying our best not to make this real sappy.
Julie dishes out some crazy on her little blog
(www) From Inmates to Playdates is what it is called
You can keep up with the McFamily boys and all their drama
Along with some random ramblings from their crazy Mama.
Another year is done, with many blessings from our Lord.
We’d like to say bless you as this New Year we look toward.
We’ll exclaim it once more before the year is through
Much love and blessings to every one of you!

I have no idea why the document won’t move those two lines. It’s enough to drive me crazy!

At any rate, I’ve got the first part of our Christmas card completed! 

Hopefully this week, I’ll be able to sign the cards and have our Christmas picture printed.

Being organzied works for me!

Check out other Works For Me Wednesday posts over at We Are THAT Family.


  1. Erika says

    Very cute and very creative.. I think you did a great job on your Christmas letter…

    God bless you and your family…

  2. says

    This is so good! You are very creative. It beats the regular old, the boys are just like boys, they run and play, blah, blah, blah. This is the kind of Christmas letter I would enjoy reading.
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Homemade Moon Sand =-.

  3. Jean says

    I cheated! I couldn’t wait! But the pic will be a surprise. What an awesome poem, Julie! The book, the book! I’m nigh on to 60! 🙂 Love U!!! 😉

  4. says

    Good for you!! What a wonderfully creative poem! I am fortunate that my dh takes care of the Christmas letter (whew!). I do the addressing, signing, printing (including the photo), and mailing, so I think that’s a pretty good deal we have worked out. 😉

    Hope y’all have a Happy Thanksgiving!
    .-= Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans´s last blog ..If you give a girl a protractor =-.

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