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letter writing day!

Saturday, December 07, 2013

December 7th is letter writing day!* Snail mail is something I've always liked. One of my greatest joys as a child was getting weekly letters from my grandpa (...even if my mom had to read them to me because I couldn't yet read cursive. Hah!) But lately it's becoming something I'm really passionate about.

It kind of seems unrelated but the recent discontinuation of my all time favorite film (FP 3000b) and reading articles about the possibility that 35mm film could disappear in my lifetime got me thinking about other things I enjoy that are possibly fading away or at least aren't as prevalent as they used to be. People don't send mail like they used to. Of course there are a million other ways to stay in touch with everyone so I understand... to an extent. Getting a package or letter in the mail is so much more special than an email in my opinion. It's second only to communicating in person.

Here are a few reasons you should send out a letter today...
(or even better - get in the habit of regularly sending out letters!)
◦ Letters are tangible! 
◦ Handwriting is personal. You can tell a lot about a person by their handwriting. How many of your friend's handwritings would you be able to recognize?
◦ You have an excuse to buy awesome stationery sets like this, or this, and definitely this.
◦ Mail makes everyone smile. Isn't it nice to go to your mailbox and find something other than bills?
◦ Writing a letter shows you took the time. Birthday card > wishing someone 'Happy Birthday' on facebook.
I hope you're having an excellent weekend and that you spend at least a little bit of time writing a letter to a friend today!
xoxo

*Actually I found a bunch of other dates also claiming to be "letter writing day" but really, any day is a great day to write a letter! 

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  1. Who doesn't love getting a letter in the post ^_^ My Gran used to write me letters and since she passed, it's so nice to have something that she wrote to me that I can look back at and keep with me. I'll definitely be writing a letter or two over this weekend, thanks for the nudge to remember how important it is!

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  2. That is such a sweet idea! I love that there are still people like you that cherish REALl writing on PAPER. ^_^ I'm just finishing my watercoloured Christmas cards.. x

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  3. I like writing letters as well. I tend to write letter to my family in Ireland...mainly for one as its easier and cheaper...but it also makes a change from just receiving bills in the post.

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I am all about mailing letters and packages! I love receiving them and I love brightening up other people's day with a little message! I have a stationery collection on hand for impromptu letters (and back up birthday cards!)

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  5. That is some gorgeous stationery! The USPS estimates that these days people receive only one handwritten letter every 2 months. With the dozens of bills and junk mail, and hundreds of emails that people receive, your handwritten letters are sure to stand out & be appreciated. Yay!

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  6. I love letter writing and am ashamed to admit that it's something I hardly ever do, it's just so easy to fall out of the habit and then when I do want to write a proper letter I feel like I don't know how to any more. It's definitely something I need to make more effort with, so thank you for the nudge!

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  7. I never thought about it, but I wouldn't be able to recognise any of my current friends' handwritings. In school it would've been easy. I filled in the form. I'm definitely going to send you something next year.

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  8. i might just send you a letter!

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  9. Around this time of year I always look forward to sitting down and writing holiday cards to friends/family! It's so relaxing, I like taking time out from technology to hand-write snail mail cards. I also love stamps! There are some cute gingerbread house ones this year from the USPS. Anyway, enjoy your letter-writing day! :)

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  10. I have been writing letters recently and my mum questioned why I didn't e-mail people around the world. Letter writing to me feels much more personal.
    I'll also add you to my list of people to write mail too :) x

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  11. I love writing letters rather than sending emails or messages on Facebook. I think it means a lot more to send a letter or a postcard ya know? I'll definitely send you a letter your way!!
    MarieDarling!

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  13. Snail mail is one of favorite small pleasures in life. There really isn't anything comparable to opening up a little package that has traveled across the world to reach you! Your collection of stationary looks wonderful. Happy writing. <3 xoxo

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  14. I sent you a letter with a few film photograph two years ago, and i'm so sad because you said you haven't got it yet! Probably because i sent it from Hungary....(yep, it is in Europe and it was really expensive to send it to America!) Anyways, i can imagine a rude and fat postman stealing and reading my funny and grammatically incorrect letter. ;D
    As soon as i have a little money, i'll try to send you again a snail mail with some cool (and maybe hungarian) stuff!
    <3
    Juci from www.pinterjuci.blogspot.com

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  15. There is a tangible energy that goes into letter writing which I think is not utilized when we communicate through email, text messaging, etc. I just finished writing two separate letters and I am exhausted (mentally and hand cramps!).

    Your work is beautiful, by the way! Glad I stumbled onto your blog :)

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  16. Letters are great. I don't write that much, but it's still better than FB.

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  17. I LOVE this idea. I exchange postcards with my sister who is bouncing around Europe and it's super fun to look for new ones and receive surprises in the mail. :)
    zozo | atelier zozo

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  18. I love writing and getting letters. I joined postcrossing to exchange postcards with other folks from around the world. My birthday was on Monday and my FB wall was filled with Birthday wishes but not one card arrived. I am grateful for those wishes but man, my PO box needed a birthday card! lol. Which also reminds me, I should write to my penpal!

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  19. I love snail mail and stationery...so much so I have the postcard set with the teeth and what looks like the Polaroid set in the first photo lol I'll send you a postcard!

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  20. Back when I was 11, my best friend moved away to a different town. I was so upset but we were able to keep in touch through snail mail and e-mail. Now we're 25 and still best friends. :)
    It's amazing how much more personal a handwritten letter can feel. It's also so exciting to look forward to, and the sensation of feeling the paper in your hands is also very warming.

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  21. This is why I decided to join the International Geek Girls Pen Pal Club. It's so great getting stuff in the mail and learning about other people.

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  22. I'm glad someone else loves writing letters as well as I'm feeling everyone thinks this is so getting out of use! :) There's nothing better than getting a cute letter or postcard in the mail, the time and effort that person took to write you is just priceless and puts a smile on your face!
    I've already submited the form to be pen pals with you, fingers crossed! :)
    -
    Ester @ Drawing Dreaming

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  23. I will surprise you with a postcard from my beautiful country: Portugal :D
    When I was younger I used to have around 15 penfriends from all over the world, that's how I learn english.

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  24. Kaylah,

    Would you write to a pen pal in the UK?

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  25. I love to write snail mail! I just don't get the other persons to write snail mail which it's pitty. I've tried once to do a PCSW on my blog page but no one subscribed, and this month I tried to make a charity PCSW: I would send and paint myself the postcards and the people would donate money and animal stuff for an animal association, that rescue cats from the streets, take them to the veterinary and get a new family for them. Still, only one person subscribed. It's pitty :\

    I'll send you a postcard for Christmas :)

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  26. I love this post! Mail is so important to me. Earlier this year, I was in a friend's wedding. I happened to meet that particular friend at camp when we were 13. In the intervening 20 years, we had visited each other twice. We've talked on the phone a handful of times. I'm not on Facebook, so we don't keep up that way. The way that we have maintained our friendship this entire time is through letters. When it came time to plan her wedding, she wanted me involved because she said I had known her longer than most of her friends. I was touched. (And each time we've gotten to visit, it has been lovely and not at all awkward.)

    I'm saving this post...I bet you'll be getting a letter from me in 2014 (too busy this December!)

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  27. Love this. I am a huge fan of writing letters and sending out postcards. I have been sending lots more recently, as I discovered www.postcrossing.com - have you used it?

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  28. Recently i discoverd, snailmail and postcrossing. I love sending out postcards and mail. I have filled out the form that you made :D

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  29. I recently discoverd snailmail and postcrossing. It is so much fun
    I have filled out the form that you made :D

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  30. I don't know that this is any more official than Dec 7th, but according to this poster, dated 1940, Oct 1-7 is National Letter-Writing Week.

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  31. Are you still accepting letters and postcards? I'd love to write to you, you're my blog inspiration!! :)

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