This week is Universal Letter Writing Week.
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A handwritten letter is a truly elegant way of communicating. Unfortunately, the past century has seen a relentless influx of new, more convenient, and speedier means of communicating – the telephone, fax, pagers, emails, text messages, social networking, skype. The Royal Mail is no longer an essential communication service, becoming an essential eBay delivery service (still very important!).
When you think about it, none of these new forms of communication really come close to the joy and excitement of a pretty, handwritten letter or card dropping onto your doorstep. Now, January might not be the best time to ask this question as Christmas can provoke a need to send letters and cards, but when did you last send or receive a meaningful card or letter? Just a name and generic greeting (Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas etc). doesn’t count, by the way. How did it make you feel?
I love receiving little cards, notes and letters in the post. When I graduated from uni and everyone went their separate ways back to their own home towns, my friends and I would regularly send each other cards with little doodles and messages, even though we also regularly communicated electronically as well.
A card or letter has so much more permanence than an email or text. It’s something someone can put on a shelf or keep in a special place to pick up and read when they need to feel loved. It’s something very personal, between two people, that can be decorated and made pretty, becoming more of a keepsake than just a form of communicating.
Letter Lounge (@letterlounge) is an organisation that aims to encourage letter writing. They host letter writing events, complete with pens, paper, cake and even stamps, where you can go along and take some time to write a letter to someone. They even post the letters for you, so it’s pretty minimal effort on your part!
It just so happens that there is a Letter Lounge event this week! If you’re in London on Thursday evening (6pm – 8pm), head over to the Tatty Devine shop on Monmouth Street and check out their Letter Lounge event. If you are running your own event, you can also get in touch with the people at Letter Lounge and get them to come along and set up shop!
If, like me, you’re not in London, you can still try your hand at writing a letter or card and sending it to a loved one. I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for pretty stationery, and this would certainly be the perfect opportunity to buy some! If I’m shopping on the high street, I like Paperchase for pretty cards and writing sets. But, truth be told, if I’ve got the time to get things delivered, Etsy is brilliant for unique and interesting cards and stationery.
Of course, if you have the time, you could always make your own absolutely unique and personal stationery. All you need is some paper or card, some pens/paints/stickers/sequins/etc and let your creativity run wild!
All this, and I haven’t even started thinking about the right pen for writing with!
Can you think of someone to write a letter to? A Friend or Relative? A proper thank you letter for a Christmas gift? Or, if not, write a letter to yourself to open in a years time (or longer)?
Happy Letter Writing,