Seasonings Greetings

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Dear Friends and Family
Oops. So, you put friends before family?

Dear Family and Friends
My family is comprised of people who are not my friends? I have to separate, like peanut butter and jelly, church and state.

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Season’s Greetings
Better. But why the tail end of December and crack of January are a ‘season’ to be greeted might run offend some of your recipients

[FIRST NAME]
This advanced tool available to the software savvy could solve the salutation conundrum; however, it could give rise to factors that put a snag in holiday cheer. Your address book must be up-to-date. My data still has dead people in it. I don’t know why I don’t delete anyone, living or dead. I still have the contact information for a co-worker who wanted me fired. Would she  be snuffed out if I push DELETE? I’ve been around long enough to know that karma works better than revenge.

Content
Choose your words wisely. Don’t write about finding grandma’s secret pickle recipe, the loss of a pet pit bull or winning the lottery. Family will attack the validity of the dill to peppercorn ratio in the pickles. People on your list who have suffered a loss of a loved one will not like being reminded of said death. Others might scold you for having a Pit Bull as a canine companion. Write about the lottery loot? Expect to find a campsite on your front lawn within 48 hours.

Solution
Reveal a secret and spice up your holiday gatherings. Make a photo collage. Send a helpful hint. Show your letter to a pro.

You will be held dear for one year. Until your 2014 letter.

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