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20-40-60 Etiquette: Can I opt out of the holiday newsletter?

20-40-60 Etiquette panelists question whether unsubscribing from a friend's holiday newsletter might mean the friend unsubscribes from the friendship.
BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE Published: November 11, 2012
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Richard Rosser

What happens when the annual Christmas letter comes via email? If you don't want to read it, hit delete.

GUEST'S ANSWER: Richard Rosser, author of the Piggy Nation book series and musical and first assistant director for “The Neighbors” on ABC:

I enjoy reading what friends have been up to.

Granted, some folks get carried away, writing epics about their cat's digestive problems or horrendous house remodels. As to “opting out” of such letters, I theorize the following: If you ask to opt-out of a friend's holiday treatise, your friend may decide to “opt-out” of your friendship.

Why not fix yourself a nice mug of hot chocolate, cozy up next to a warm fire and catch up on your friend's activities? When you read a particularly humdrum holiday history, you can always use it as fuel!

Callie Gordon is twenty-something, Lillie-Beth Brinkman is in her 40s, and social columnist Helen Ford Wallace is 60-plus. You'll also find a guest answer. To ask an etiquette question, email helen.wallace@cox.net. For more 20-40-60 etiquette, go to blog.newsok.com/partiesextra.


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