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John Kelly's Commons: December 21, 2008 - December 27, 2008

The Day After... My Xmas Quiz Explained

Happy Boxing Day. That's the day after Christmas, supposedly so-named in Britain because of the tradition of employers giving boxes of gifts to their servants on Dec. 26. Here it makes for a nice long weekend this year if you...

By John Kelly  |  December 26, 2008; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags: Christmas, quiz  
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Dear Friends and Family...

As promised yesterday, I have assembled an annual family update letter from sentences plucked not entirely at random from this year's crop. Here is the composite result. I've changed the names, but otherwise everything is as written and each...

By John Kelly  |  December 24, 2008; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags: Christmas  
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The Envelopes Please: Build the Best Xmas Letter

People love to slam those annual holiday letters that crowd mailboxes this time of year. So impersonal, these generic blasts to every soul on the Christmas card list. The letters also have a reputation for braggadocio, as the authors...

By John Kelly  |  December 23, 2008; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Tags: Christmas  
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Brrrr, It's Winter; Get Over It

I am reliably informed that it is cold outside. I have no independent confirmation of this but am prepared to accept that it is true. It sounds cold (bitter wind whistling through the eaves, cries of whimpering children headed to...

By John Kelly  |  December 22, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Tags: contest, weather  
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