Ah, yes, the annual Christmas letter – the one where I capture the highlights of this year and condense them to a one page “newsletter” with a current photo and send it to family and friends. I love to receive these, and like many things in life, you have to give if you want to get.
Our retirement plans are definitely on the “highlight” list for this year, so this will be our opportunity to make our announcement to a larger audience. Here’s what I wrote:
Wow – I just realized that I’ve been writing this Christmas letter for twenty years. Of course you all know I started this when I was 12. Seriously – although I don’t feel like a senior citizen, I’m now eligible for senior discounts. And I’m now eligible to retire.
We’ve been planning early retirement since our twenties, and although there have been a few glitches in the plan, we are ready now.
I will be interested to see how our friends and extended family respond to our pending retirement.