I don't send one, and I know how they tend to "brag", so here's what mine would look like this year:
Dear Family and Friends,
This year has been a rough one. Conner flunked 7th grade and had to go to summer school. Luckily, he passed.
It was an almost great summer. Except for Delta. Those d*ckheads couldn't get a flight out on time if you held a gun to their heads. We had a wonderful vacation in the panhandle of Florida. Except for one mis-guided (my fault, I'll admit) visit to a state park which entailed about a 2-mile hike through sugar sand to reach the beach. On the way back, my boyfriend and kid ignored my pleas to send the rangers in golf carts for me when I collapsed at the side of the trail.
I had a miserable Thanksgiving with my brother's family and his in-laws.
No hurricanes hit us this year. Just a minor scrape by a tropical storm.
I read a bunch of books.
So, post your "real" newsletter!