Why a modern newsletter should be called a Round Robin, when the whole point is that you know exactly who sent the letter, is odd. I can only presume the original meaning was misunderstood, and a copy of the same letter was seen as going ‘round’ to everybody.

Christmas newsletters have often been ridiculed, due to some families using them as an excuse for one-upmanship. Understandably so, if you read the examples in Simon Hoggart’s very funny book The Round Robin Letters: The Ultimate Collection of Christmas Letters’

The book has a letter about one daughter “Harriet is sailing through school – works hard and gets brilliant grades” and much more praise and adulation, while “‘Luke is plodding”. Another letter of about a 6,000 words (12 pages of A4) has excruciating details about the letter writer’s summer holiday. Which would be great if they had a thrilling holiday, but the letter included how they sorted, assembled and ultimately gave up on, doing a jigsaw!