In the past years, when I have made resolutions for the year, or written down goals to work towards, I have almost always included this one: handwritten letters. People talk about the lost art of letter writing, and it indeed seems to be almost nostalgic; something that was rather than is. I grew up writing letters; to my grandparents and cousins, to pen pals I never met, to friends, and of course to my immediate family as well. Letter writing was a cherished activity, and one I seriously hope to revive for myself this year.
And don’t forget to check out the giveaway at the end of this post, as a thank you to my readers.
The Art of Letter Writing
Here are some reasons I believe in the magic of the handwritten letter, and why the lost art of letter writing needs to be revived:
- It adds that personal touch
- Writing a letter takes effort, and shows the receiver they are worth it
- It forces you to slow down, & to pay attention to your thoughts and the words you put down on paper
- We can make it even more special easily. By using stationary that fits the recipient; using colored pens/pencils; by adding little drawings or doodles as we write; including photographs or other similar items that can me mailed along with the letter!
- A handwritten letter outlasts us, and is sure to be cherished. The letters from my grandparents are precious mementos that I am so glad I still have with me.
Apparently, the week beginning the second Sunday of January is Universal Letter Writing Week. And as that week is almost here, I want to ask you, my dear reader,
- when was the last time you handwrote a letter? and who did you write to?
- who would you write a letter to today?
- do you have a letter from someone that holds a special value for you?
- Stamps and Books That Are About Them(Kind Of)
- Don’t Check Out This Book: Review post of this delightful epistolary novel
- A Letter to My Daughter: The Epistolary Poem
- How (My) Grandparents Influence Love for the Written Word
- Lewis Carroll’s Eight or Nine Wise Words about Letter-Writing
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Dear Reader, With Love: A Giveaway
As I work on starting to write a letter this coming week, I also wanted to thank all of you. So, dear reader, here is a giveaway for you. You can use the rafflecopter below to enter the giveaway with as many entries as you want to enter with. And I will have a bonus gift as well, for the winner, and one additional person (well, hopefully you will consider it one!): something to do with the theme of this post!a Rafflecopter giveaway