Dear Friends. We all know that 2020 has been an unusual year, and the one we experienced in Maine is no different, although it may be a bit more angst-ridden. We’ve been remiss in writing this year’s missive until now for a number of reasons, which may become apparent when the tip-of-the-iceberg is revealed, after reading one of the two versions of our holiday wishes and yearly update. We’ve chosen to send a postcard to those of you who reside stateside, or a letter to those of you who live abroad, letting you choose one, or both, of the following files to download and read. We’ve gone this route in 2020 because one, or more, of you may fear the unknown arrival of that pesky nanometer-sized virus that is better known in some circles as the “Kung Flu pandemic.” There are two versions of our holiday letter from which you can choose.
If you’re a fan of Lucy Ellmann-style prose, following her Booker Prize long-listed 2019 nomination for Ducks, Newburyport, which will be a more adventurous and angst-ridden, ADD-style (Attention-Deficit Disorder) of writing, said to rival James Joyce’s Ulysses, of which we all know few have ever managed to complete, or want to feel the same angst as we have felt during 2020, choose to download the 2020_Christmas_Ellmann_Style.pdf
For those of you who may be a bit less adventurous or a pseudo-fan of the angst-ridden prose, and would rather go with the Vanilla version, because the above may look daunting, choose to download the 2020_Christmas_Vanilla_Style.pdf
As you ruminate on which decision to make, above, here are a few select family images from this past fall and holiday season.