Yearly Ritual

by | Dec 10, 2015 | Ramblings/Off-Topic

christmasBack in 1993 I got creative.  I decided to put together a little newsletter about my growing family to place inside the Christmas cards we mailed to our friends.  Then and now, we call it the “Courvoisier Christmas Chronicle”.

22 years later, I’m still at it.  ‘Haven’t missed a year.

Call me kooky, old-fashioned, or just a hog for punishment.  The tradition of Christmas card mailings is almost a lost art in this digital world… but not for me!

I begin on October 30th.  Yep, Halloween is my cue to start composing a .pdf doc, front ‘n’ back that profiles our kids, our travels, and any other notable happenings in the Courvoisier year.  I put lots of pics on the pages, and try to keep it light-hearted.  People tell me they love getting them.  No, really! 

Most years we send out about 70.  Yes, hand-addressed, lick the envelopes, and write a personal note in each one.  Who does that anymore?  We do!

Over the decades, some names are on the “send to” list without fail.  Other names have come ‘n’ gone.  A few are no longer with us.

But ya know what?  The list has more and more voice-actor names on it in recent years.  I’ve almost NEVER sent a Courvoisier Christmas Chronicle to a broadcast acquaintance.  Not that the people I work with in TV aren’t fine folks.  But that was always “work”. 

Voice acting doesn’t seem that way.  The VO people I know don’t seem like work colleagues, or even competitors… they’re more like part of my family.  And what do you do with family?  You send ’em a Christmas Card!

I like that.  I like my VO family, and I could never quite say that about my TV family.

Oh boy…aren’t YOU lucky.  Get close enough to the Courvoisiers, and you just might get a hand-addressed envelope in the mail some Christmas. 😉 




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