The horror of "round robin" Christmas letters

Yahoo! has a funny story today about those Christmas letters you get from friends and relatives chronicling the past year. I’m of two minds about the practice–on the one hand, it’s nice to know what everyone’s up to, but on the other, as the article points out, they often seem like gloatfests. I sent a small letter with my Christmas cards last year…I’m not sure I’m going to do anything of the kind this year, simply because I’m so disorganized. I haven’t even bought cards yet (doing that today, hopefully).

What do you think of these “round robin” letters, readers? Have you ever gotten one? Have you ever written one?