Christmas Letters

I remember reading the earliest editions as a kid.  And much later, I would learn firsthand how well-received ‘The Christmas Letters’ were in the industry.  As Ernie says, “During my career in lumber wholesaling, we always looked forward to a so-called ‘pause’ during the Christmas Holiday Season.  After my two partners, Boyd Kelly, Ran Davidson and I established Col-Pac Lumber in 1972, we made a practice of sending personal year-end letters to our lumber contacts.”

Upon my dad’s retirement in 2003, he gave me the complete collection – a binder full – going all the way back to 1972.  I tend to open the binder each December.  Like tiny time capsules, each letter offers a glimpse between the lines… of the challenges, politics, markets – change – through the years.  Links to a small sampling are below.

A Wholesale Encounter with Santa – 1995

O Tannenbaum – 1992

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