Round robin letters can end up like an Oscar speech

Zella had a fantastic day at Titchfield Haven and wonders what other local gems she's overlooked      Picture: Gary Taw

ZELLA COMPTON: Looking afresh at our beautiful spot in the world

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The old question is rearing its ugly head again now that it is Christmas card time – and that is whether or not to send a round robin letter.

I know how snippy I am when I receive them, as too often they read like an Oscar speech dedicated to children who I know are snotty and horrible most of the time.

I did consider sending a list of my favourite books of the year, or movies to avoid. Or even just pictures of interesting landscapes.

But I finally overcame the impulse and instead sat down to write a seasonal letter, wishing happy tidings to relatives and friends.

And now it’s in the envelopes, I’m remembering all the great things my kids have done and thinking, bah! I missed my own Oscar moment.