Every year I look forward to it... The day I get my first holiday card in the mail. It's usually the week after Thanksgiving. Happy mail comes pouring through our mailbox all month long. My birthday is December 24 so I get a few birthday cards as well. All the notes and cards filled with well wishes make my heart sing. I love getting mail and I I love sending mail.
Why do I love handwritten notes and holiday cards? I love writing the name of the family of the front of the card. I take a moment to remember how we met and a few of the happy times that we have shared over the years. Friends from college in Chico, roommates from Santa Barbara, friends from jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area, friends from high school in Southern California, friends I met when I became a parent and started making "mommy friends"... I love the holiday letters, the photos of the kids that have evolved from babies to teenagers to young adults, former nannies that now have babies (twins!) of their own.
We seem to get fewer cards each year... and that makes me sad. I continue to send as many as I always have and don't post the photos that are on our cards on social media until after all our cards have been sent. I like there to be an element of suprise.
This year I took a Brushed Lettering Class at Happily Ever Etched taught by Calligraphy Nerd, Andrea Fowler and practiced my skills on our holiday cards. The class has given me more inspiration to write. With each card the letters seem to flow a little more and I'm getting more confident with the flowing script.
Handwriting is a lost art. One that I see slipping away. I am determined to keep the art of handwriting in the forefront of my mind. Our 10 year old son's tutor is a freshman in high school. Recently, when asked the tutor to help my son with his penmanship he said, "I haven't written cursive since fifth grade." "Well then, it sounds like you BOTH could use some practice. I will write out an example sentence and you can both write for 15 minutes. Sound like a deal?" When they finished the assignment, they both had a sense of pride in their work. I am thrilled that the 9th grader is among a small few in his class that is proud of his handwriting - so much so that he recently wrote out the day's lesson plans in cursive on the chalkboard in his English class! Quite impressive!
Do you send handwritten cards? If not, why not. If so, why do you send them?