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Round robin

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glassortwo Fri 21-Dec-12 20:36:18

AIBU to be hopping mad to receive a card from the post office to ask me to collect a package which had been underpaid angry and when I collected the item and eagerly ripped it open what did I find but a relative had sent me a Christmas Card with her yearly round robin inside but had failed to pay the correct postage.

Did I want to know how b * * **y fantastic her life is and how wonderful her children are and her luxurious holidays 88 times a year and how she has 100 holidays booked already for next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mrshat Fri 21-Dec-12 20:46:06

Keep smiling glass - it's not worth getting into a tizz. Shrug it off and look forward to your own family and Christmas {hugs}. However, I do know how you feel ......................................... grin

Ana Fri 21-Dec-12 20:54:48

Yes - and vow to send her a card next year with insufficient postage!
You probably won't do that, but it might make you feel a bit better in the meantime...wink

jO5 Fri 21-Dec-12 20:57:22

shock I didn't know you could get angry Glass. Wow!

baubles Fri 21-Dec-12 21:25:54

Send them this one back grin

Ella46 Fri 21-Dec-12 21:56:57

baubles that is fabulous! I love it!

glassortwo Fri 21-Dec-12 22:36:25

baubles thats great do you think I dare email to my relative grin

Nelliemoser Fri 21-Dec-12 23:35:51

bauble thanks for posting that Lynne Truss link its wonderful. grin

Nanban Sat 22-Dec-12 07:32:57

Wonderful, superb message Glass! We too had to go collect and pay an extortionate sum of money to our local PO for a card that had the tiniest bit of bauble which wouldn't go through their machine! Maybe the time has come for cards to carry a warning to prospective purchasers.

And what about the people who send their godawful round-robins via email but only late enough to have RECEIVED Christmas cards - at least all the other 'my life is perfect and wonderful' smug messages can go straight to the shredder. My Christmas list is dwindling very, very fast.

Ooooooh, and I thought I'd plateaued at charitable!

Happy Christmas Glass! xx

kittylester Sat 22-Dec-12 08:01:57

Their life can't be that great really glass if they need to make sure you know - well that's what I keep telling myself. grin

annodomini Sat 22-Dec-12 09:11:12

I plead guilty to sending a Christmas letter as attachment to an email and cards to the ones who don't have an email address. Only problem was that several couldn't download the attachment because they didn't have the right version of Publisher, so I had to convert it to a PDF and re-send it. Don't worry - it was a very short letter!

Nanban Sat 22-Dec-12 09:15:21

How I wish I'd sent an 'alternative' Christmas message - and how I love the thought of the Queen reading out the true version of state and family - now that would be a hoot!

mickey Sat 22-Dec-12 14:05:54

I have received a couple of round robins this year which I could have done without. They are full of their own and their kids marvellous achievements. H ow do they find time to do this at Christmas-takes me all my time to write the blooming cards. I love to receive cards however.

wisewoman Sat 22-Dec-12 14:15:14

i would rather have a round robin than no letter at all. It is very frustrating to get a card from people you haven't seen for a year with no wee note. I like to know how their kids and grandkids are doing and, as we increasingly age, how their health is. If you don't like them you can just recycle them.

Granny23 Sat 22-Dec-12 14:26:00

Brilliant Baubles (BTW the 'legs' and 1 arm have indeed been having a festive fling this week - never mind got all my washing, ironing and wrapping done in peace)

soop Sat 22-Dec-12 15:09:55

Baubles I laughed out loud. Brilliant! grin

Marelli Sat 22-Dec-12 17:51:16

Loved that, Baubles! I've only had one this year, and it's from a really nice cousin. However, I skimmed through it and screwed it up into a ball straight away and threw it towards the paper recycling bin. She is nice though...but I really don't need or want to read about R being chosen to play in the junior cricket team for Windsor. Although I was a bit concerned to hear that one of their horses may not be able to foal in the next year....but all of the others will probably be ok hmm. As S's other son is at Glasgow Uni, they have bought a flat for him in a Victorian tenement (Baubles will know what they go for!) and are at the moment having it re-roofed. If she has time when they come up north to check on the work, she may pop over to visit me.......I do hope I'm in wink!

Wheniwasyourage Sat 22-Dec-12 19:29:35

wisewoman, I agree that it's the time to hear from old friends whom we don't see often but I would still rather have a short note on the Christmas card than a round robin with no personal message on it. I write short notes on cards (used to be handwritten letters, but hey ho). Still you're right, even an impersonal round robin is news. (They could at least write your name on it to prove they remember who you are!)

crimson Sat 22-Dec-12 19:39:03

I've just had a lovely card from my ex husband sad. It's a strange time of year isn't it, this annual communication with people. I do try to write something personal in each card, even if it is very short with lots of smileys and exclamation marks. smile !! smile....[and bah humbugs]....

gracesmum Sat 22-Dec-12 21:01:58

DH had downloaded and printed up Lynne Truss's letter and her replies before I saw this. great minds!!

Bags Sat 22-Dec-12 21:27:56

I get the joke. I read all Lynne Wotshername's replies and found them amusing on one level. But deep down, I think they are just as bad. Kinder, I feel, just to give up reading the nauseating letters, and use them as firelighters or something. Then cross the nauseaters off your xmas list. It's not obligatory to send xmas cards to anyone.

glassortwo Sat 22-Dec-12 22:06:18

I have a great deal of affection for this relative we spent most of our childhood together and have contact through various mediums so why send me this impersonal round robin!

Never mind its in the recycle bin, but I still resent the postage paid to Royal Mail to retrieve the letter shock

Thank you Nanban Merry Christmas to you and I hope the season brings everything you wish for.

kitty I do wonder if thats the case.

Bags Sat 22-Dec-12 22:09:17

Pity there isn't some way you could have found out who the letter was from before you went to collect it, glass, and then you needn't have bothered. Life, eh? smile

Elegran Sat 22-Dec-12 22:35:02

Bags That reminds me of a story I heard about a poor woman whose son left to "seek his fortune" Each month a letter arrived for her and was brought to her door. This was before the penny post and she had to pay for the postage herself. She would look at his writing on the outside, say "no thank you" and it would be taken away unpaid for.

One day a kind neighbour paid the postage and gave the letter to her, thinking she would be pleased to read news from her son. She thanked them for their generosity, "But" she added. "He knows that I can't read so there is nothing written in it. I don't need to look inside. When I see that he has written on the outside, I know that he is still alive and thinking of me. That is good news enough"

Marelli Sun 23-Dec-12 09:37:54

That's quite heartwarming, Elegran smile