Richard Armitage Holiday Message 2013–Giving Thanks, December 19, 2013 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #485)

A lovely Holiday 2013 Message of thanks and well wishes from a talented gentleman whom we all admire so much–Richard Crispin Armitage–as sent to RichardArmitageOnline, for the last time:

Message from Richard Armitage, 19th December 2013

Hi everyone,

Well I just wanted to come on line and wish everyone a Happy Christmas (Turkey Day RichardArmitageHoliday2013MessageGraphicDec1913GratianaLovelaceRevor Holiday, depending on your preference) it’s been another wonderful year, which has been full of hard work, fun and surprises. Thank you for your continuing support of my work, I hope you never underestimate what that means to me personally. Seeing so many at the LA premier (sorry about the un fan-friendly red carpet) Berlin, London, Madrid is really the highlight of the year. I am very proud to have such a dedicated community of ‘well wishers’ (better word than fans…right?) Proud because of the dignity and decency with which you communicate with each other and document your ideas. It’s always illuminated with positivity and support for each other, unlikely friendships forged through a common interest. That makes me proud, and brings me to my real reason for the message. To say a huge thank you to Annette Gill, who has worked so hard on her web pages, doing exactly what I just described in a very elegant way. I think she is truly a wonderful journalist and archivist and I would like to thank her personally for all the time she spent creating and updating the site.

I wanted to wish you love and happiness for 2014, thank you for the generous gifts and the donations to the ‘Just Giving’ pages I think our totals are looking very healthy.

Without getting into a pulpit or onto soap box, (cynics tune out now!) I want to say that for me especially as I get older, this time of year becomes more about making the journey to be with family or friends and sitting around a table which hopefully has some good food on it, however bountiful that is. But for those who don’t have very much or are alone, I wish them at least a sense of peace for a day. I know that I am happiest when I can be useful, which usually involves giving time and effort towards something. That gives me peace. (Guess who’s making the gravy this year!!,)

This quote isn’t meant to be maudlin, because I actually find it uplifting, but it expresses what I mean. It’s Sonya from Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.

What can we do? We must live out our lives….we shall live, Uncle Vanya. We shall live all through the endless procession of days ahead of us, and through the long evenings. We shall bear patiently the burdens that fate imposes on us. We shall work without rest for others, both now and when we are old. And when our final hour comes, we shall meet it humbly…. we shall enter on a bright and beautiful life. We shall rejoice… A tender smile — and — we shall rest. We shall hear the angels. We shall see heaven shining like a jewel. We shall see evil and all our pain disappear in the great pity that shall enfold the world. Our life will be as peaceful and gentle and sweet as a caress. I have faith…we shall rest.

fumblingly sent from my iPad


The above message was also linked to by RAC (as shared by Kitty, thanks!):

Grati’s RA Holiday 2013 Message Graphic is a composite of:  a festive holiday background from MS Office Clip Art; and a Richard Armitage portrait from the September 2013  BAFTA Tea Party event in LA (courtesy of RANet).

P.S.  If you would like to email your thanks to Annette for curating her lovely RA resource site over the years, Richard Armitage Online, here is her email address listed on her site:

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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7 Responses to Richard Armitage Holiday Message 2013–Giving Thanks, December 19, 2013 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #485)

  1. Lovely post.

    Can I ask what countdown plugin box are you using for the Hobbit on your sidebar?


    • Thanks, Xenia!
      RA’s message is very touching.

      Actually, this countdown feature I found is in the WordPress widgets window as a choice. I just updated mine to reflect the next and final film.

      Cheers! Grati ;->

      P.S. And Giggles and thanks for sharing my RA Holiday Message graphic! Masking images requires painstaking detail work, up close to the image (and with RA, that’s a delight!), erasing the background then saving the image as gif to superimpose upon another image.


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  3. Dec.20, 2013–Thanks to Herba, Xenia, and LaMaruca for liking this post!


  4. Dec. 21, 2013

    Dear Friends,
    It turns out that my Richard Armitage 2013 Holiday Message post here is actually my 500th blog post!

    How is that possible, you ask, when I have this post labeled #485? Well, there are several past posts of mine–for FanstRAvaganza Weeks, King Richard Armitage Weeks, and such–where I would label the successive, but thematically related posts, Post #150a, #150b, etc. But WordPress counts each post individually and told me that this is my 500th post.

    And to learn that my 500th blog post is one with Richard Armitage’s own words of thanks and graciousness to his fans is extra special to me!

    Cheers! Grati ;->


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