The Christmas Card

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A holiday hello from me to you.

And now to follow up my Christmas card with my annual Wolfe-Hillis Christmas letter. A letter written by a random "narrator" as Christmas letters usually are, full of nothing but humble brags letting everyone else know how great my family is. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Uncle Frank always does.

Dearest Friends and Family,

What a year it has been! Time has really flown, hasn't it? Seems like just yesterday we were welcoming in the New Year making great plans for 2014 and here we are with 2015 already knocking on the door.

Chris had a very big year and is still doing well with his job, he makes it on time almost every day now. A lot of his fellow employees take home beverages from the free beverage fridge but Chris refuses to do so because that's just who he is. No matter how much Taylor begs for free Vitamin Water, he refuses. What a guy, that Chris.

He took a trip to Vegas with his college pals in August for a bachelor party and declared it was "the best trip of his life." I'm sure they got into quite a bit of mischief wrestling each other in the pool and doing canon balls and whatnot- and perhaps even drinking a beer or two in the evening. After all, boys will be boys.

But the highlight of 2014 for Chris has really been his beard. It is as full and as thick as it has ever been. And he's quite proud of it- as he should be. He can barely walk down the street without a fellow hipster guy stopping him to say, "nice beard, man." In fact that's his nickname now, Nice Beard Man. It's become like his security blanket, he rubs it all the time and he doesn't even know he's doing it. I think it just makes him feel safe.

Speaking of life accomplishments, I'm sure you noticed Harlow's glamour shot on the card above. Well Harlow booked his first commercial ad this year. We are all so proud of him because this is a very big deal. I'm sure the ad agency is going to call any day now to give us further details... Any day now. They're probably just really busy, what with the holidays and everything.

Really though, Harlow is truly just the best dog ever. If we would change his name, we would change it to Blessed, because that's how we feel. He never does anything wrong. He never steals bagels from the counter, or Poppyseed Muffins from the table, and he certainly never gets into the candy jar, leaving a trail of Twix wrappers and chocolate drool in his path.

Last but not least, we have Taylor. Last year in January she playfully declared 2014 as "The Year of the Wolfe." She went on several auditions this past year and also took a stab at living out her childhood dream by getting a talent agent. Of course she failed at all of the above, but by God she gave it a try. Like her basketball coach always told her, "You might not have the most skill, but you sure do have a lot of heart."

She graduated from both Chicago comedy institutions, The Second City and iO and is anxious to see what comes next. Like her college English degree, she is certain having certificates in improv is really going to benefit her in the future. Her optimism is always admirable.

In October she lived out a life long goal and was able to do standup in New York for the first time. She was certain this was going to be her "big break." Per the usual, it didn't pan out as she had hoped. But boy was the pizza good.

In November she attempted to participate in NANO- which is the "write a 60,000 word novel in 30 days" challenge. It went very well until she hit about the 5,000 word mark and got distracted by a scratch on her end table. She decided her time would probably be better spent repainting said end table, so she promptly put the novel on the back burner. But you should see that end table, it looks great now!

Before I get too long winded, I better wrap this up. Cheers to hoping your 2014 was just as wonderful as the Wolfe-Hillis clan. Wishing you nothing but a wonderful Christmas and Hanukkah season and many #blessings in the future!

Warm Holiday Wishes,
Strange Narrator Woman

 photo signature-23.png


  1. hahahahaha this is the greatest letter i have ever read

  2. Lol! Nice Beard Man is an awesome nickname, and I love your self-deprecatory humor. And your card!

  3. Love your Christmas letter, it's so true that they are always one big humble-brag! And LOVE your card, the picture of Harlow on the back is awesome!

  4. Ha ha ha---"If we would change his name, we would change it to Blessed..." Very fitting. I kinda dig your sense of humor. :)

  5. Harlow is so handsome! And I tried to whole NaNo thing too...I got distracted by candy crush and household chores. I may not have finished a novel, but at least I have clean clothes!

  6. You my dear are a breath of fresh air, and well you actually make me laugh out loud, at my desk at work and make me look like the crazy lady laughing at herself..... so you win big time!!! Thank you for making me laugh thru 2014 and to many more crazy lady laughing into 2015!!

    1. I'll take a comment like this any day, thank you :)

    2. I think there are a club of us crazy ladies laughing at our desks!! I don't know how
      I would make it through the day without a Daily Tay each day!! #tryingtohidemycrazy

    3. This. This a million. You have quickly become my fastest internet blogger friend and I am so grateful for it.

  7. Best year-end write up by far!!!

  8. Great Christmas letter!

    It's been quite a year for you and Chris and Chris's beard.

  9. I always get some personalised cards done for certain people at Christmas but not for everyone as that would cost too much money, like your card

  10. Love the letter and the card. Its been a good year for you guys!

  11. haha awesome!! I've never been a big fan of those full recap holiday cards, but I would totally have read yours if it showed up in my mailbox! Too good, too good...

  12. Oh my goodness, this letter is so cute!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  13. Your Christmas letter puts my Christmas letter to shame.

  14. Taylor, I love this so so much. first, michael and chris might rival eachother with beards. i hope the ad aency calls soon about harlow, they might as well make it a duo with you and him. as you know, your blog is one of my all time faves and I'm really glad I've gotten to "know" you more this past year.

  15. Best Christmas Card EVER! Have you seen "Funny Farm" with Chevy Chase? The mention of the novel gave me an idea, maybe you can write a kids book about "Nice Beard, Man!" or "Nice Beard Man"

    Texas Jak