It’s been so long since we wrote, but luckily today we have no excuse because it is National Letter Writing Day on December 7th.
Letter writing has been on the decline due to smartphones, the internet, and before that the telephone, but for hundreds of years, it was the only way that people separated by distance contacted each other. Today is a great day to go back to basics and write a letter by hand. But isn’t the idea of sitting down for half an hour and writing something to someone special? We miss it. It’s not like that? Write soon. Love us.
SCHEDULE OF NATIONAL LETTER WRITING DAY
1494 – Columbus returns
Returning to Spain from America, Christopher Columbus writes to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, reflecting on their conquest in an era before airmail.
1847 – First stamp
The first American stamps included Benjamin Franklin and George Washington and were authorized by an act of Congress.
1918 – First airmail
Daily airmail flights were instituted by the United States government between New York and Washington D.C.
2013 – System outage
The U.S. Postal Service agrees to offer Sunday delivery of Amazon packages
ACTIVITIES OF NATIONAL LETTER WRITING DAY
Buy a good paper
Sure, you can order some online, but in keeping with the analog spirit of the day, why not find a stationery store and buy some good paper in person? There are all kinds of textures and weights available, and you can buy your own envelope or maybe make one. There is a wide limit to how crafty you are allowed to be, as long as the address label is visible to the post office and they can see where to send it.
Write a letter
Perhaps you would like to reconnect with old friends or choose a political figure to whom you would really like to express something. If you’re interested in a particular topic, like saving bees or caring for our marine life, look at the post office for stamps that show those things. Or the recent Black Heritage series has important figures from black history. If the letter is formal, don’t forget the corresponding greetings on Google! (Dear Sir!)
Don’t forget the wax seals
If you really want to impress your recipient, you can buy some old-fashioned sealing wax and a stamp with your initial, to make it look like they are receiving a letter from the Count of Monte Christo. We love how creative and expressive it can be with a little sealing wax, and it’s the perfect touch to make your letter even more special.
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL LETTER WRITING DAY
Makes you think before writing
In the era of the backspace key, it’s very easy to withdraw a thought once you’ve expressed it, but it means we’ve lost the art of reflecting before communicating and then expressing a thought or feeling in fluent italics. hand. In Finland, for example, schools no longer teach handwriting and students have the option of learning to write.
It’s a chance to reconnect
How many of your hundreds of social media friends have you connected intimately with in the last year? We love National Letter Writing Day because it’s a chance for you to pick a couple of those people and send them something in the mail that will really break the noise. In the modern age, there’s almost something strange about giving someone your undivided attention, but that’s what’s so great about National Letter Writing Day. It gives you an excuse to make a special connection!
Stamps and letter paper are amazing
These days, large corporations are the biggest users of the U.S. mail system, but that means many of us are missing out on the physical pleasures inherent in writing a letter on nice paper and sending it through the mail system. mail with a stamp. From famous presidents to wildlife to sports to celebrations of important aspects of our country’s history, stamps are a stylish way to express your personality through the postal system.