Yes, that time of year again, when an expensivelooking christmas card with a nonetoodiscrete charity logo comes through your letterbox. They were from friends with whom we maintained a mutual interest. Christmas round robin letters do you love them or loathe them. Not, alas, the cheery little fellow on the christmas card, but the newsletter contained therein. Though the sending of round robin christmas letters seems to have gone out of fashion, or maybe the kind of people who used to send them have just taken us off their lists, which has deprived us of some innocent amusement, this is still hysterical. This annual irritation from londons stockbroker belt inspired the couple to go public penning a book which lampoons the whole phenomenon.
A roundrobin letter or christmas letter is a letter, typically included with a christmas card and sent to multiple recipients at the end of the year, in which the writer describes the years events for himself andor his family. Bring up the christmas round robin in conversation and watch the eyes roll. Bah humbug to the christmas round robin daily mail online. The ultimate collection of christmas letters by simon hoggart 20141204 simon hoggart on. Its that time of year when people are showered with round robin letters that display all. December 10, 2009 i have received two christmas round robin letters so far. Simon hoggart brings together the funniest and most surreal examples of that bete noire, the christmas round robin letter, accompanied by his own. On christmas roundrobin letters this is the year that i have finally succumbed and written one of those round robin letters you always receive in christmas cards from annoying people.
Simon hoggart rummages in his postbag for the dreaded. The roundrobin letters at christmas everybody i know seems to be talking about round robin letters. Simon hoggarts previous books of hilarious festive round robin letters the cat that could open the fridge and the hamster that loved puccini are brought together in a new volume pokimg fun at these smug missives. Lincoln christmas market, writing christmas round robin letters. Where once the hot news about tamsins a levels would be sent in a short note, now its not unusual to get a letter that includes several pages of miseryemergency operations, dead relatives, sackings, rainy holidays, and so forthdecorated with jolly snowmen and smiling santas. Going around the room, every willing toastmaster or guest continues a story from the last word uttered by the person preceding them.
But as the content of the average round robin letter is narrow in scope yet big on smugness, they often read like a blend of fauxcasual bragging about holidays, home improvements, academic. Where once the hot news about tamsins a levels would be sent in a short note, now its not unusual to get a letter that includes several pages of misery emergency operations, dead relatives, sackings, rainy holidays and so forth decorated with jolly snowmen and smiling santas. There is something about letting others know about the good that has happened that makes us feel odd, as if we are gloating or rubbing others noses in our perfect lives. A curmudgeons guide to christmas round robin letters is adapted by scott le crass from the book the cat that could open the fridge by simon hoggart. For those, like me, not really in the know, a round robin letter or christmas letter, is a letter, typically included with a christmas card. A few words on a christmas card or a phone call was sufficient, really, but then a cohort of letters began to arrive, typified in this hilarious book. Oh god, though, i have a feeling this thread is going to go wriong, someone will be on in a minute saying round robn letters are wonderful lets be honest, mn is probably a hotbed of round robin letter writers and how crap we all are taking the piss etc etc and it will descend into a right roaring row. Those smug round robin letters are the curse of christmas. A lesbian married couple receive an abundance of letters.
He cant resist a good waitrose a curmudgeons guide to christmas round robin letters is adapted by scott le crass from the book the cat that could open the fridge by simon hoggart and features original music by the award winning composer conor mitchell its that time of year when people are showered with round robin. A curmudgeons guide to christmas round robin letters is adapted by scott le crass from the book the cat that could open the fridge by simon hoggart, a collection of reallife christmas mail. Hoggarts collection of unwanted annual round robin letters initially made it from his. He coined the phrase the law of the ridiculous reverse, which states that if the opposite of a statement is. The origin of this writing habit is unknown, but ultimately, the christmas round robin is a way for families to keep each other updated. The revenge lynne truss of eats, shoot and leaves battles against round robin christmas and in this case fictional newsletters from people she barely knows. The funniest book of last year was the cat that could open the fridge, and i thought it would be impossible to better it. Called noel and ellens strange and wonderful history of the dreaded christmas newsletter, it has spoof round robin letters from historical figures like henry viii. Some welcome the chance to touch base, but the heavilyglossed updates on highachieving children and.
If you, like me, have never received one of these letters in your life, you will wonder about the veracity of this collection that hoggart has edited from the many sent to him in disgust by. Theresa mays christmas round robin letter waterstones. And out of the card falls that folded sheet of paper that you dread. Simon hoggart did a book which collated a load of genuine round robin letters.
Christmas round robin letters plus a competition sally. You open an innocentlooking christmas card and out fall several pages of a computerwritten missive about talented children, wonderful holidays, new. Round robin letters started arriving some 40 years ago. The smug christmas round robin letter from those distant relatives that makes them look like they are living the life of riley. It was a card with the most smug round robin letter, written in a unnaturally pretentious manner a reference to articles in the guardian and the usual potted history of the family year. I really like getting them both for entertainment factor and to genuinely find out how people are getting on.
Here, john crace, author of i, maybot, imagines the prime ministers thoughts on a year of brexit, boris and a certain memorable party speech. And, by and large, i tend to be with her on this one. More clips from cyclists vs motorists discussion, lincoln christmas market. Every christmas, unwanted round robin letters, stuffed with news of young chloes nauseating excellence at well everything, the announcement of janets cousins husbands friends divorce, or the details of terrys colonoscopy, accumulate on doormats. The advent of the home computer has made christmas round robin letters ubiquitous. Like littering, everyone says they hate it but someone must be doing it.
You know the type people who really deserve to be dragged out and shot crowing about promotions at work, the wifes successful production of don giovanni and. The cost of postage drove me to include the letter with my cards. I used to get quite a few i suppose being an expat your friends tend to be more widely dispersed and while i dont get as many as i used to i still hate the bloody things. The ultimate collection of christmas letters by simon hoggart 20141204. Round robin use a round robin approach for table topics. Round robin letters tomes traditionally sent with christmas cards to all and sundry may seem like an anachronism to our emaildigital culture, but certainly in the 20th century it was a phenomenon. Each person must speak for a set amount of time, and a bell is rung when that time is up indicating the person must stop speaking midsentence. Its been an eventful 2017 for theresa may and what better way to sum up the years events than the traditional christmas round robin letter.
Whilst two of my children are bickering in the background my youngest child has just told his sister that it would have been much better if she had been an orphan and my teenage son is majorly stressed because i have told him that. A roundrobin letter or christmas letter is a letter, typically included with a christmas card and sent to multiple recipients at the end of the year, in which the writer describes the years events for himself andor his family the roundrobin letter has been the subject of much ridicule, particularly from the guardian journalist simon hoggart, who compiled examples of the genre in his. I hate these people, hate them, hate them, hate them. I dont usually write one but this year i did and its currently winging its way to those i rarely see. My mum often opens christmas cards and bemoans those who sign them off and say nothing about how they are doing. The children, alice, josh and ailis have all fled the nest. Simon hoggart a collection of christmas round robins, which illustrate the seven deadly sins of their writers, including boastfulness dazzlingly clever children who play the saxophone and ski for britain. In the spirit of seasonal good cheer, simon hoggart rummages in his postbag for the choicest of that dreaded christmas staple the round robin letter simon hoggart wed 30 nov 2005 04. The round robin letters atlantic books every christmas, unwanted round robin letters, stuffed with news of young chloe s nauseating excellence at well everything, the announcement of janets cousins husband s friends divorce, or the details of. The cat that could open the fridge, simon hoggarts celebration of the round robin, is published by atlantic books. Or when the subjects have been photoshopped to within an inch of their lives. Its that time of year when people are showered with round robin letters that display all manner of smugness, boasting and oversharing.
We still get round robin letters from friends, more often those who live at a distance and whom we see less often. In the uk we dont do christmas letters, we do round robins and the problem with round robins is that most people dread reading and writing them. Bbc news uk magazine why are roundrobin letters so. One day, simon hoggart decided to do something about it. Simon hoggarts book, the, cat that could open the fridge, which contains a collection of many of these letters has been adapted. This is a fairly typical reaction, says simon hoggart, on the part of those who yearly send on to him the round robin letters they receive from friends. I bought it last year and we ended up literally crying with laughter well worth it as a stocking filler. Jamie stayed and explored peterborough, which has a waitrose. Theresa mays christmas round robin letter posted on 22nd december 2017 by martha greengrass here, john crace, author of i, maybot, imagines the prime ministers thoughts on a year of brexit, boris and a certain memorable party speech. A curmudgeons guide to christmas round robin letters.700 1328 50 973 233 1321 1189 902 335 542 93 1129 468 486 1237 1402 1442 365 1234 324 74 342 1001 1409 982 1096 1164 1154 746 1414 897 821 559 1412 1221 636 142 536 34 1238