I am already regretting my impulsive decision to set myself the task of undertaking at least one Christmas activity every day, instead of opening an Advent Calendar or lighting an Advent Candle. I didn't expect it
to be quite so HARD...
Anyway, today's Advent Adventure was to receive, read and chortle over not one, but two, of those Round Robin Christmas messages which people like to include in with their Christmas
cards. Incidentally, I wonder why they are called "Round Robins"? I shall check this out and come back to you when I find out.
Christmas Messages are getting a pretty bad press this year.
I have lost count of the over-bearing and tetchy articles I have read recently, lambasting the authors of the said messages for their smugness. So it's about time that somebody stood up for the Christmas Round Robin. That'll be me, then.
The first of today's messages fell, invitingly, out of a Christmas card with bejewelled Christmas trees on the front. This alone was enough to put me in a good mood for the day. The message came from the Pink Family,
whose Christmas Greetings are always so hilarious that I have kept each and every one they have sent me since they first started arriving. And I, for one, love to hear about their triumphs and successes - Hurrah for them! that's what I say. How mean and
curmudgeonly (I just love that word!) to begrudge anyone a chance to tell it like it is.
The second message was enclosed in a card with a robin on the front. It came from one of Mr B's former work-mates
and his family - it's the one time in the year we hear from them but, thanks to the Round Robin, we feel like we have kept in touch all year round. They have put so much effort into the design of their letter. This includes a charming Christmas scene,
featuring a snowman who looks a little bit like the one in the John Lewis advert before he went off on his shopping trek. Obviously on his return he looked rather worse for wear but then don't we all when we've been Christmas shopping? He should have
tried Click and Collect.
Now here's a thing. I've just consulted good old Wikipedia and it turns out that "Round Robin" is something of a misnomer. A round robin is actually "a document signed by multiple
parties in a circle to make it more difficult to define the order in which it was signed and so prevent identification of the ring-leader." What is more, it comes from the 17th century French "ruban rond" - which means round ribbon. Nothing at all to
do with everybody's favourite, red-breasted Christmas bird. What a disappointment!
Every year I like to write "proper" letters (albeit in what Mr B calls my Impossible To Read Handwriting) to all my
very best friends. Unfortunately for them, this means that their Christmas cards lie unposted for weeks after everybody else's has made it into the post box - waiting for me to get round to writing their letters. Sometimes they don't get their hands on their
cards till well after Christmas, probably thinking all over the festive season that I have forgotten all about them. How sad is that?
Perhaps Mr B and I should compose a Round Robin
/ Ribbon /Whatever? Should we include photographs? If so, how many, and of whom? We have a large family - we can't miss anyone out. Should we print our message in colour, or in black and white? How many should we send? Mr B says he's off upstairs
to play on the computer and suggests I call him when I have made up my mind on some or any or all the above.
I think I may just have come up with a solution. We could just send everybody a link
to the Daily Blog. There's more detail about our life and times in the last six months than we could ever put down in a Christmas message. And people can take it or leave it (though I will be secretly hoping they will take it, of course.)
Just let me know, straightaway, if I start sounding smug and self-satisfied...