This website is now published on my mobileme account. Any opinions expressed, however, are totally my responsibility.
The original website was published through the courtesy of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Jim Andris, Sept. 17, 2003.
Introduction to Christmas Letters
I suppose that to put all of one's Christmas letters online (all that one could find) is arguably a vain act. But I submit that there is more to this than just vanity. Many of us have gotten into the habit of recording the most important events of our lives in our Christmas letters. In effect, Christmas letters often contain significant portions of a person or family's history.
I have found it to be a really valuable project to go back and read all my Christmas letters. I find there are some things I wish I had never said or even thought, and other things that I was truly glad that I said, and wish to say again. I see how much I have changed over 30 years time, and yet how much I have stayed the same.
But many of you who will read this notice will find yourselves creeping into my life again and again in these letters. And so, these letters are here for you to read just as much of as you wish, or not at all. My life has always been pretty much of an open book, although I waited a long time to write some of the chapters of it.