Much maligned by the media in recent years, the Round Robin is making a comeback in this household this festive season.
In case anybody has no clue what I’m talking about, here is the Wiki definition, which sums it up rather well: “round-robin is … a letter … copied and sent to multiple recipients, like the sending of family news at Christmas. This is more correctly termed a circular, or informally, a ‘brag & gag’.”
For years, I used to send a round robin with my Christmas cards with our family’s news for the year, but a few years ago I stopped. I kept reading about how they are boastful and self-promoting, and of no interest whatsoever to the recipient.
But I kind of missed writing them – it’s nice to look back over the year’s events and to put them on paper, along with a few photos, to send to people you don’t see or speak to regularly. And somehow (to my mind, at least) a bit more personal than sending a card with just “To …. From …..” written on it.
And also, I LOVE receiving round robins from other people – one of my favourite things when a pile of cards drop through the letterbox is finding one or two with lovely newsy letters in, and sitting down with a cup of tea to read them.
So for the first time since 2005, this year I will be writing a round robin, and nay-sayers be damned. Yes, in an ideal world it would be great to write individual, personalised letters to everybody – but, frankly, who has the time in mid-December to sit down and do this? Not me, that’s for sure.
Right – must be off – I’ve got a boastful, self-promoting newsletter to write!