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letter writing day 2015

Monday, December 07, 2015


December 7th is letter writing day! Sending snail mail is something I've always liked and of course, I love receiving mail. 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.) People don't send mail like they used to though. There are a million other ways to stay in touch with everyone these days so I understand... to an extent but getting a package or letter in the mail is so much more special than an email or a text 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! Getting a text from someone you haven't talked to in a while, or even from someone you text all the time, that says "Hey, I've been thinking of you. Hope you're having a great day!" is awesome. But getting that same thing in mail is even better. You can hold on to it forever. 

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? I'm sad to say I really only know Jeff's, and my mom's.

Mail makes everyone smile. Isn't it nice to go to your mailbox and find something other than bills? Shoot, I don't even get mail at home anymore. Because mail theft is super prevalent in my neighborhood every single piece of my mail gets forwarded to my PO Box, which basically means I drive out of my way to go to my PO Box to pick up bills. That's no fun. But getting post cards, and letters makes it all worth it.

I really don't think there is a single person who isn't going to have their day brightened by getting a postcard. Send one to your grandpa, your distant cousin, your mom, your best friend who moved across the country, your friend who lives a block away. Jeff literally lives less than five minutes away from me, he gets cards all the time. I mean, when I find gems like this how can I resist?

Writing a letter shows you took the time. Birthday card > wishing someone 'Happy Birthday' on Facebook. Simple as that, seriously!

It doesn't take long to do.  Okay, so I struggle with writing letters. I guess it stems from not really being all that chatty of a person to begin with but a postcard I can have ready to mail in less than five minutes. In general sending a card is minimal effort with a lot of impact.

You have an excuse to buy awesome stationery sets like this, or this, and definitely this. Stationery is an addiction. It's so much fun to buy, and collect. TJ Maxx, Marshall's, and HomeGoods always seem to have awesome sets for super cheap. Moorea Seal's selection of cards is top notch. Crumple + Toss has tons of hilarious paper goods. Modcloth's office section even has more than a few hidden gems! I can't not mention The Black Apple and her gorgeous work.  It's everywhere, and once you get started it's hard to stop.


I know the post office isn't all that fun, at least mine isn't, but I hope that doesn't discourage you from sending more mail. It's 2015, you literally don't even need to go to the post office to send letters. Buying stamps online is super easy, and those blue mail boxes are everywhere. I actually just found this website the other day, you type in your location and it will show you all the mailboxes near you. I didn't realize there were so many within walking distance of me!
xoxo

PS. If you need some mail sending inspiration, I recommend following Sarah on instagram. She made a goal to send 500 letters in 2015 (and totally killed it already!)

In full disclosure I originally wrote this post back in 2013 but figured re-writing it with new information, and a much larger audience wouldn't be a bad thing! Now go send a letter!!

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11 thoughts

  1. Who steals mail?? That's so odd.

    I love penpalling. When I was younger I found a club that would set you up with pen pals. One of my best friends is a result of that, and we still write letters :)

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    1. People who are desperate for money I guess? I assume most the stuff that gets stolen is resold. Those dinguses stole a stinken birthday card my mom sent me! Luckily it didn't have any money but it still makes my blood boil.

      Aw, that's really awesome! Have y'all met in person too?

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  2. Oooh! You know I love this post :) While every day is letter writing day for me, I love seeing how much everyone appreciates sending and receiving mail. It's seriously the best! I love all of your stationery!

    (and super duper thanks for the link-back!)

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  3. I love being a pen pal! I had a german host sister who recently passed away, dont know where id be without being able to reread letters we shared and to actually hold something she was at one time holding and writinf with her own hand

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    1. Aw, I'm so sorry for your loss!

      How wonderful that you have those though. :)

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  4. Hey! Did you ever get that cactus card and polaroid of Lloyd I sent you a few weeks ago?

    My friend Alina and I used to write each other letters in high school, even though we lived a mile from each other. I sent her a letter more recently and it made her SO HAPPY. Handwritten mail really does bring a smile to people's faces. I also have a pen pal; we've been writing to each other for over twelve years! And we've never met! I love it.

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    1. Yess! I will respond ASAP! Such an awesome surprise.


      That's really awesome, and also totally crazy! Do you have plans to ever meet up?

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    2. Yes! We'd like to meet! She lives in San Francisco though and has never been to Philly. One day I will visit San Fran though and we will have the most epic meet-up ever!

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