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 Post subject: The Christmas Letters 2014 The Reveal 1 Jan 2015
PostPosted: 26 Nov 2014, 00:12 
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Each day, from 1st to 24th December, there will be a Christmas Letter posted here. The authors will all be disguised under the Round Robin name, and each will take a character from the series, and write a 'Round Robin Christmas letter' as if from that person.

We hope to arrange these chronologically from early Tyrol days in the first part of the month, through to the end of the series on Christmas Eve.

On 1st January, I will post a list of who did each day, and which character - in case it isn't evident - they were taking the part of.

Look forward - Look out! for our first letter on 1st December!

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 Post subject: Re: The Christmas Letters 2014 - 1st December
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The Chalet School
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Tiern See
Austria
1er Decembre 192*

Félicitations à tous le monde

I have had one of the strangest and most wonderful years of my life! You will remember that last Christmas I was very unhappy in my post as governess to the Withers family in Taverton. I was neither suited to the damp winters of the English South-West, nor did I feel supported in my methods by the parents, so when Miss Bettany – you will remember I mentioned in last year’s letter the neighbour who was so helpful in her telling-off young Miss Jean for her perpetual rudeness; in front of the parents, too! – decided in the spring that she wished to start a school; and in the beautiful Tyrol, too, I was very happy to support her. So here I am in Austria, where it is cold, yes, but with clear crisp days, and snow on the ground, joint headmistress with Miss Marguérite Bettany, whom the girls and staff all now call Madame (and I am Mademoiselle!)

We started in a small way, with Marguérite’s sister Joséphine, Grizel Cochrane, the child of another neighbour – who was wilting under the regime of a reluctant stepmother – and my young cousine Simone. So April saw us making arrangements – I went ahead with young Mr Bettany, Marguérite’s brother, who was on furlough from India, to oversee the alterations to the school buildings. Before the first day, some of the families staying on the lake for the summer decided to send their daughters to us, and so our first term began with 9 pupils. Within a week our numbers had swollen to seventeen, and the whole neighbourhood was talking about our venture. We then had need of another mistress, and Miss Maynard came to us with high recommendations for her mathematics – a subject in which both Marguérite and I felt a less than adequacy for our older girls.

But we were not without excitement, as the girls tried various tricks and escapades, some things mere thoughtlessness, others attempts at trying the limits of our discipline, but all in all the first term was a success, and we boasted eighteen pupils when we separated for the summer holidays, during which we learned that Juliet, who was beginning to be a very useful member of our senior group of girls, had lost her parents to a motor accident.

Through word-of-mouth recommendations we started the autumn term with thirty-three pupils, from all over Europe as well as one young lady from America. Consequently another mistress, Miss Durrant, had joined us. Now we also have an English singing-master, and boast a hobbies club and a school magazine!

Marguerite, Joséphine and the Robin are going to Innsbruck for Christmas, to stay with the Mensches and the Maranis, whose daughters have been with us from the start; and I will be in Vienna with Simone and her sister Renée, and two other little French girls, by the time you receive this.

And so I send you the greetings of the season, and wish you Bonne Nouvelle Année.

Your very good friend
Elise La Pâttre

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 Post subject: Re: The Christmas Letters 2014 - 1st December
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Thank you, Robin - what a lovely start to Advent.

:lol: at the "Trained to instant obedience" tagline - nice one, abbeybufo!

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 Post subject: Re: The Christmas Letters 2014 - 1st December
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Lovely letter!

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 Post subject: Re: The Christmas Letters 2014 - 1st December
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Very lovely letter! I loved all the attention to detail. Thanks! And I also laughed at the status :)


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 Post subject: Re: The Christmas Letters 2014 - 1st December
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Nice scene-setter; really looking forward to this series.

I got a hedgehog in my actual advent calendar this morning, and a clock tower in my lovely online one.

*getting excited*


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 Post subject: Re: The Christmas Letters 2014 - 1st December
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Loved this - a great start! Thank you Robin.....

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 Post subject: Re: The Christmas Letters 2014 - 1st December
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This is a great start - a lovely reminder of the very early days of the school. I will look forward to discovering the author's identity in due course.

Thank you, too, Abbeybufo, for organizing this - it's a great idea and I'll enjoy the daily letters even if I don't comment on each one.


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 Post subject: Re: The Christmas Letters 2014 - 1st December
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Lovely start.

Thanks :D

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 Post subject: Re: The Christmas Letters 2014 - 1st December
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This is lovely. The standard has well and truly been set


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 Post subject: Re: The Christmas Letters 2014 - 1st December
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Oh how delightful! :D


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This was lovely :) Looking forward to the rest!

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Great start :D


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 Post subject: Re: The Christmas Letters 2014 - 1st December
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Thanks - looking forward to more!


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 Post subject: Re: The Christmas Letters 2014 - 2nd December
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Hotel Kron Prinz Karl
Briesau
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Am 2. Dezember 192*

Dear all,

The good Lord has willed it for us to have a very prosperous year here on His beautiful lake the Tiernsee. Brigette and I continue to enjoy good health. At home the business continues to go from strength to strength. This year we have had some glorious weather so that the rooms have almost always been filled and we were able to close quite late in the year. We have been able to save the money to buy a new kitchen range and to refurbish some of the bedrooms. We have hired two new staff but one is a replacement for the assistant cook Marie who has found a new job.
Marie’s new job is the result of the big talking point of the year. A new school has opened here on the Tiernsee! It is a boarding school for girls and it is run by a most remarkable young English woman called Margaret Bettany – truly she is an English lady in all senses of the world. She is accompanied by her younger sister, a most remarkable creature. Being English they are all quite proper, Miss Bettany is chaperoned by an older French lady and her brother deals with the business affairs.
Now that I think about it, most of the excitements of the year seem to be associated with this school. Of course we all wondered what would become of the old hotel and were quite nervous when we found out. Then, when the school started, there were naturally considerable excitements. One day they all went missing and it turned out that they had got stranded on the Mondscheinspitze overnight. Oh the ignorance of foreigners and their blindness to the weather.
In fairness to the English, they have managed very well with the snow and the ice. They put on quite a charming nativity play, with songs in many languages. Certainly they are more welcome than the film crew that visited in the summer and made themselves quite unpopular! They refused to see us as we are and wanted us to be something else entirely.
The winter came quite early and has so far been very cold. I have great hope that the ice will be thick enough for a carnival. I would invite you all to visit but I am afraid that we already have so many speculative bookings for such an event that we would be quite full up!
In fact I fear we may be short of room for a long time to come. It is rumoured that a tuberculosis sanatorium will be built up on the Sonnalpe – an English doctor has moved into the area and it is said that this shall be his work. I am sure that there will be objections to so many sick people living in the area but it will mean great prosperity for the Tiernsee.
Indeed it has been a most prosperous and exciting year and I hope that the future may be the same. Best wishes to you all.

Klaus Braun

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 Post subject: Re: The Christmas Letters 2014 - 1st December
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I wonder what he means by "a most remarkable creature" :lol: .

Thank you, Robin!

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Yes, I loved "One day they all went missing and it turned out that they had got stranded on the Mondscheinspitze overnight." Exactly how it must have looked!

And yes, thanks to abbeybufo for organising it, and to all the contributors.


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Ooh, that was really interesting. Thank you!

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Nice to see the impact on the locals. I guess the school and the san must have provided quite a lot of business one way or another, visiting parents and so on.

Thanks Robin :)


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Alison H wrote:
I wonder what he means by "a most remarkable creature" :lol: .

Thank you, Robin!


And if that's what he thinks of Joey, I wonder what he makes of Mr Denny?


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