People buy greeting cards because it is easier to express their thoughts through another person’s carefully chosen words.
When it came time to write my Christmas greeting to Castro Valley I thought I would use the same strategy.
Hallmark has sections for mothers, brothers and cousins, but unfortunately there is no section labeled “Hometown.” Not even in their silly Shoebox cards section.
So rather than writing my own greeting, banging my head against the keyboard as I try to shove a bunch of words between “Mistletoe” and “Way to go,” I thought I would give the CVLegends themselves a chance to share their Christmas greetings with Castro Valley. (I guess we have to include San Lorenzo now, too. You guys are like our Aunt’s new husband, we haven’t really met, but I guess you’re part of the family.)
Following are a selection of short, pithy Castro Valley Christmas greetings, they range from the sincere to the wildly sarcastic. Please enjoy:
Edward Stegall- To CV, a Merry Christmas. Shining Star of the East Bay. May your Jewels always be bright.
Jared Perkins- Merry Christmas Castro Valley. You can't handle the truth. Happy New Year.
Carl Ricker- ...Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays To All... from Your Mayor & Staff... the Castro Valley Planning Office will be closed for the Holidays... and for the Next Generation.
Steve Ontiveros- Merry Christmas from the most sarcastic town west of the Intercontinental Divide.
Kim Major- To Castro Valley, both the land and the people. For better or worse, you never cease to amaze me
William Baptista- Dear CV, sorry about the canoe.
Nora Toloski-Patterson- Merry Christmas from the town where the street lights shine brighter than the stars.
Billy Equality Bradford- Merry Christmas, who wants a Safeway? We have extra!
Colleen McNally Warnesky- Merry Christmas Castro Valley, a place you grow up and always want to stay.
Kim Major-Addendum to Colleen: when you have been gone from CV for awhile, you begin to miss it and want to go back.
Scott Whitehouse- Until you go back and realize why you left, traffic, overcrowding and overpriced. But I do miss the hills.
Susan Courtney- Not a destination town, but a place you just might want to call 'home' - kind of sums up Castro Valley for me and all in a good way!
Sandy Albrecht Thomas- Thank you Castro Valley and its merchants for having the spirit of a town and not that of a heartless city. Merry Christmas!
Michelle Zoggas- Merry Christmas, now please get out of the way!!!!
Cary Sanchez Para- Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Joyus Festivus CV! So when did you say this damn construction would end?
Beth Beardslee-Darr Demore- Merry Christmas to the wonderful little community that I like to call home. Joy and blessings to everyone during this magical season. (I might have channeled some Hallmark there, but I don't think it's plagiarized - I really do love and miss CV)
Cathy Notter- Happy Holidays! Now please finish up that work on the Boulevard, post haste!
Mary Hovingh- Slow down, enjoy the view, be kind and careful CV.
Jeremiah Adams- CV: Where they still dream of a "white" Christmas.
Bobbie Froidevaux- Thank you Castro Valley for all the wonderful memories. No matter where I live, you will always be home!
Lara Lelis-Montano- Merry Christmas, from PayLess (big building could be repurposed and CV would cheer), Merry Christmas! <----as sung like in the '80s commercial.
Steve Ontiveros-(With geo tagging of your post turned ON)
Merry Christmas Castro Valley! Near Stoneridge Mall.
Thank you Castro Valley. Christmas is about community, something that seems to be in short supply lately. This Christmas I would like to take a moment to think of you, in your homes across Castro Valley and across the world, and reflect on how lucky I am to be a part of this CVLegends community. You make my life richer every day. Thank you all. Happy Christmas.
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