...but not "round robins" inside my Christmas cards, if you don't mind!
Bernie asked in the comments to yesterday's post how I felt about printed letters put inside my card telling me the family's news for the year. Well, I have to say, Bernie, I hate them.f any of you reading this send a round robin then I apologise for hating them and I would be interested to hear your side of the argument as to why you send them. In the meantime here is my round robin:-
Dear sender of my latest round robin letter,
Thank you for your Christmas card. It is years since we met but I have such happy memories of our fun times together when we lived near by. It is lovely to get your card and to be reminded of those times - and also to hear that you are both well and still enjoying life. The renewal of such friendships each Christmas is a precious thing to me.But please don't send me your round robin letter. I appreciate that you are both busy people (your round robin is full of all the things you have done this year - it makes me tired just reading through them!)) but in the time it must have taken for you to compose, type and print the robins.I think it would have been possible for you to just write one line on each card - something like -"remembering the old days", or "we are both well, hope you are". or even just "happy Christmas dear old friends." But I really don't want to know every day out you had, every holiday in detail, the exploits (always, always "good", "clever" or "highly imaginative") of your grandchildren and a list of their exam results (always, always top marks).
Apart from the fact that I have never met any of your children, let alone grandchildren, I am also quite busy writing my cards and putting a little personal hand-written note on each one, and when your letter (three pages long) falls out of your card on to the carpet my heart sinks in anticipation of a long and - frankly - rather boring read.
Please don't think I am ungrateful - I do want to continue to hear from you and to know that, like me, you remember the good times we all had in the old days. I just wish you would keep it brief. This letter comes with love - and remembering the happy times together.
What do You think of round robins? Answers in the comment box please, not on a postcard and certainly not in a round robin.
##cannot resist putting this photograph on - it is my kitchen window this morning. As we have double glazing it has taken almost all day to thaw and there is still a patch as darkness falls. Deep snow and freezing outside - I have not been outside the door all day - Tess adores the snow and comes in covered in bobbles which drop off on the carpet.