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5.0 out of 5 stars Why I give this book 5 stars when I haven't read it yet., 11 Oct. 2005
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This review is from: The Cat That Could Open the Fridge: A Curmudgeon's Guide to Christmas Round Robin Letters (Hardcover)
I'm just about to read this book but it gets 5 stars from me already because round-robin Christmas letters are to me and many others, irritating beyond belief. I have been receiving two Christmas round-robins for many years. One is always just pure showing off - we are given the exact footage of the new wall in the very large garden that has been built along with the precise details of the expensive and tasteful floor tiles and new boiler in the also very large farmhouse kitchen. The other letter demonstrates to us a) how wonderful her children are b) how wonderful the entire family is and c) how wonderful the writer is. I can't agree that any form of writing, even boastful, is better than none - most of us are proud of our families and their achievements - and realising that, we don't bore the pants off our friends in this way. The writers obviously get much pleasure composing their round-robins. It's a pity they don't appreciate how they might be received. A few well chosen lines with your Christmas greeting will convey all you need - if anyone wants to know more they can write back and ask.
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