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by Abigail Van Buren

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DEAR ABBY: From some letters I read in your column in years past, I know that a number of your readers do not appreciate Christmas newsletters, but I hope you will print this letter from someone who does:

It's time for people to start composing their annual holiday newsletters. Please, everyone, don't let those who don't like them stop you from writing them. It will spoil one of the things about the holidays that I most look forward to. It might be the only time all year that I get to hear from you.

I want to hear all about you and your family. I really enjoy reading all the great happenings. Of course, a holiday card is better than nothing, but it's so much nicer when you include a newsletter and even a photo.

My husband and children also enjoy reading those newsletters, and so do my parents.

So go ahead and write your annual newsletters and even brag a bit if you want to. Tell us about your trials and tribulations as well.

Those who don't appreciate newsletters can just throw them away. But please don't let a few sourpusses spoil it for the rest of us. The Scrooges have already taken enough fun out of our holidays. -- A CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER LOVER