Thank you, Richard

Sincere letter to Richard Armitage:

Dear Richard,

You are proving that I am indeed terribly jaded and need to realize this more. It was my belief that you would not give a Christmas message, that you had moved on beyond the place where you started, and didn’t have time for that anymore. I realize in some respects that you have to move on, but to send a Christmas message this year when you are so busy and one that is still so honest, is amazing to me.

I have fought this idea that you really are a nice guy and have kept wanting to think it was all a sham, but you didn’t have to send that message. And you even admitted you did it in a moment of panic about how you may be perceived. Wow. I commend you for that kind of transparency.

Thanks again for all the delightful entertainment you give us, and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and fantastic 2011, and ditto on the yikes!!

One of your crazy fans who’s a little softer as of this moment.

I hesitate to call this a fake fan letter.

For those of you who haven’t seen Richard’s Christmas Message of today, go to RichardArmitageOnline. It’s on the first page, but you might have to scroll down a bit to see it.


  1. Lovely message. If the gentleman isn’t genuine, he has an excellent PR machine. (right, I believe THAT! :) )

    Thank you posting the reference RAF, and Merry Christmas, in whatever form you respond to the season!

    And now, back to the kitchen in prep for tomorrow. Who said “you’ve come a long way, baby”?

  2. I love you, Richard Crispin Armitage. In a world full of pseudo-celebs (the Kardashians, anyone? Kate “I made eight babies so I deserve to be rich and famous” Gosselin?), you are so very much the real thing, I do believe. Gorgeous, talented, charming and, yes, a sincerely nice, sweet, down-to-earth guy. Do I know how to pick my fangurl crush or what??

    I suspect this little message will brighten many a fan’s heart this holiday season, Frenz.
    Loved his PS about being on the other side of the planet, wearing a beard–gosh, how can I not love him. WASSAIL, indeed! I hope he has a splendid Christmas before he prepares to journey far away for Hobbit Academy.

  3. Oh, Richard.

  4. […] What RAFrenzy said. In spades. Thanks, Mr. Armitage, for this message, and to Annette for posting it — I had sort of resigned myself to the likelihood that the last years had offered such a struggle for you in your attempts to deal with fans that you’d be silent this year. Since I wasn’t a fan this time last year, that made me sad, as I couldn’t participate in the general euphoria over a new message. Don’t get me wrong — I would totally have understood a silence, as I’m doing my best not to misunderstand you. But thanks for not leaving one. […]

  5. Indeed, RAFrenzy. Total agreement with what you said. I’m really grateful that he did this — it went a good long way toward replenishing my waning faith in human nature.

  6. You nailed it Frenz, again. Nicely done!

  7. I find these annual letters sweet and a tad silly. Doesn’t the Queen do a holiday address to her subjects? :) That being said, I have to admit I was waiting and checking Annette’s site to see if he’d do a letter this year. (Note to self: must get a life in the New Year). I am so so so glad that he did. If for nothing else I learned what WASSAILing is. I’m all for singing for the health of trees. Peace, love & light to you all this holiday season.

  8. Well….yeah…he still sounds too good to be true. :)

  9. I thought we were his subjects??? :)

    Loved your letter RAFrenzy. I hope he reads it, or someone reads it to him. I think he would appreciate it, judging from his lovely and funny letter.

    Merry Christmas everybody.

  10. Btw, I have always understand “wassailing” as being a merry booze up. I am there.

    Happy holidays to all. Especially to you, Frenz. Belated, I know.

  11. Happy holidays RAFrenzy.

    Nice message although a bit cryptic.

  12. @mulubinba: the reference to Wilde and the multiple negatives are both interesting, no? Many possible interpretations. :)

    Wassail is an alcoholic drink, isn’t it?

  13. *shakes head* Way to miss the point Servetus.

    My understanding is traditionally the noun of Wassail is a mulled cider, and traditionally the verb is a caroling for food and drink exchange between the tenants of lords of the land.

  14. Re wassail and wassailing . . . as a child, I remember listening to my sisters sing this old English carol they were learning for glee club–

    “Here we come a -wassailing among the leaves so green, here we come a-wandering so fair to be seen,
    Love and joy come to you, and to you your wassail, too, and God bless you and send you a happy new year, and God send you a happy new year . . .
    We are not daily beggars that go from door to door, but we are neighbor’s children,
    whom you have seen before . . . (repeat chorus)

    We didn’t do any door-to-door caroling but we enjoyed drinking wassail during our early holiday celebration with my sister, who used wonderful wassail spices from The Biltmore heated with apple cider. Delicious. Deb’s version was non-alcoholic so the entire family could enjoy it, but of course, like eggnog, you can certainly trick it out. Hope everyone had a happy holiday with friends and loved ones.

  15. That’s my main association with it, too, Angie. I apologize for not looking up the noun before asking an innocent question. I will try to be more detail oriented in future :)

  16. Don’t worry, be happy, Servetus. *grin* I hope Richard had a very merry time of it, no matter what version of wassail he drank this weekend.

  17. From Wikipedia:

    Main article: Wassailing
    In the cider-producing counties in the South West of England (primarily Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire)or South East England (Kent, Sussex and Essex) wassailing refers to a traditional ceremony that involves singing and drinking the health of trees in the hopes that they might better thrive. The purpose of wassailing is to awake the cider apple trees and to scare away evil spirits to ensure a good harvest of fruit in the Autumn.[1] The ceremonies of each wassail vary from village to village but they generally all have the same core elements. A wassail King and Queen lead the song and/or a processional tune to be played/sung from one orchard to the next, the wassail Queen will then be lifted up into the boughs of the tree where she will place toast soaked in Wassail from the Clayen Cup as a gift to the tree spirits (and to show the fruits created the previous year). Then an incantation is usually recited such as:

    Here’s to thee, old apple tree, That blooms well, bears well. Hats full, caps full, Three bushel bags full, An’ all under one tree. Hurrah! Hurrah!

  18. @ RAFrenzy
    Thank you for your lovely fan letter. It really expresses my sentiments as well. I did not expect him to write this year (the first year I really follow the news) and very much appreciate that he did remember his fans, though he is so busy working.
    Thank you for your explanation of wassailing. I had to look up the word and only got a rough idea of what it meant. Your explanation is much more helpful. Thank you!

    Have a wonderful time and good start into the New Year!

  19. I hope everyone is having a great holiday!

    Thanks for the information on wassailing. When I was a kid, my mother made something she called wassail (and yeah, it was a very spicy apple cider and could be alcholic at times), and I understood it originally to be for something like @rob posted but more for festivities esp. during Yuletide. Also, I sung the song below many times as a kid whether it was at home with the family or out caroling:

  20. I think that’s a cool version of that song.

  21. @Rob,
    I do remember donig some research for an article about Christmas customs and reading about the carolers trooping through the apple orchards drinking the trees’ health. A rather charming custom.
    Also, those bits of soaked breadt which floated in the wassail bowl are where we get the phrase to give a toast (supposedly) . . . and that the word wassail also stems from an ancient salute to the health of one’s companions. And so it appears the act of making a toast and the tradition of caroling may have sprung from this tradition.
    Suddenly makes me thirst for another mug of my sister’s excellent wassail.


    Thanks for your kind words and I hope you had a marvelous Christmas. “And to you your wassail, too!”

  22. King’s Singers singing anything is cool. I discovered yesterday while listening to BBC Radio 3 (giggle) that they recorded a jazz version of the Christmas Oratorio with the West German Radio (WDR) Big Band! Totally cool.

  23. Frenz,

    It is a cool version of Ye Olde Carole.Always a favorite of mine. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  24. […] occasion: The “Christmas message.” That we all geek out over, though perhaps our geeking out itself is a little silly. That relieved both me and Frenz. That screams out for interpretation with its citations and its […]

  25. Ladies I do hope you all a re Wassailing your lovely butts off. I have been spending my time eating waay to many Christmas cookies, drinking too much wine and eating too many large meals with loved ones.

    Here’s one for the trees for those of you who went to uni in the early 90s you’ll remember this one.

  26. I also wasn’t expecting a Christmas message from RA this year. Cool surprise. The best part was when he thanked Annette and ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO RUN WEBSITES since, clearly, he had us bloggers in mind, right? haha. :)

  27. Hey, NAT!! How are things?

    Frankly, if he has not read your site, he is so missing out. I may actually break down and write a letter to him about that, but that is truly the only thing that would make me get over my cussed pride.

    Hope you’re doing well!

  28. Nat, my assumption was that that line was directed personally to you. :)

  29. Frenz, I’m sure Richard would feel so deprived if he knew he was missing out on limericks, stick figures and the analysis of cravats and black leather. :)

    HAHA, Serv! Thanks for making me laugh out loud. :) I consider you the queen of RA blogging these days.

  30. Nat, you will always be the queen because you are so sweet and funny and you make it so much fun to be an Armitage fan. :) Hope all is well.

  31. I agree with Servetus.

    Surely he’s seen your blog, and especially after that letter. It would be a shame if he hasn’t seen at least Stick Figure Richard.

    The momma in me is feeling the need to instruct you, Natalie, but I’ll stop. :D

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