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The Lost Art of Letter Writing –

…and why you should send out greeting cards!

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This age of instant and easy communication often begs the question: are we really connected?

And an immediate follow-up I would ask might be: with all these truncated forms of writing, intentional misspellings and abbreviated text lingo…has the art of writing indeed been lost?

I remember helping to clean out my grandmother’s house when she died, finding shoe boxes and shirt boxes full of cards and letters. For many years they had been kept, treasured and brought out to look at, time and time again. Can we really do that with our emails? Or Facebook messages? Does an Instagram photo convey the same depth as a carefully worded note or a thoughtfully chosen card? I think not. So why don't we revive the lost art of letter writing?
Although we can get a message to Alaska or Argentina or Australia in a heartbeat, call someone’s cell phone anywhere in the world, or shoot an email around the globe without a thought, I often wonder if there is any significance to most of those conversations. If, like any art requires, there is much intentionality to them…

I remember helping to clean out my grandmother’s house when she died, and packing up my folks’ house when they moved, and finding shoe boxes and shirt boxes full of cards and letters. Some were love letters, other postcards, or get well notes, or hand-made or hand-drawn pictures from “us kids”.

For many years they had been kept, treasured and brought out to look at, time and time again.

Can we really do that with our emails? Or Facebook messages? Does an Instagram photo convey the same depth as a carefully worded note or a thoughtfully chosen card?

I think not.

So I’m proposing

5 Reasons Why We Should Send Greeting Cards

  1. It displays care. Much goes into selecting a card. We have to think of the person we’re sending it to, and the situation or reason we’re sending it. We also have to consider if it reflects our own personality and what we’re trying to convey. Those aspects all require thought and care.
  2. It’s a great opportunity to show gratitude. Thank you cards are the obvious, but sending a birthday card, or get well card, or even a sympathy card will present “teachable moments” for your kiddos. You can discuss concepts like gratitude and appreciation, encouragement and support. Short notes written in the card will teach your children how to use their own words to express those sentiments. And on top of that, they are short-but-sweet exercises in handwriting (but shhh…don’t tell them that part!)
  3. A card sets a context for your words. Take it out of the envelope and you automatically know that what you’ll be reading is gonna be funny or sad or celebratory of sweet, or whatever. Because of this…
  4. There is less chance of your message being misinterpreted. Have you ever sent an encouraging email that someone thought was sarcastic” Or in which you intended to express mild irritation, but was received as angry or expressing hurt? Both have happened to me. Lemme tell you that little emojis don’t always help! And don’t even get me started on text messages!
  5. Mail blesses others. A card or a letter is not junk mail or a bill. Yippee! It’s correspondence intended expressly for us, containing heartfelt sentiments. Suh-weet!

I’m sure you may be able to come up with even more reasons, but if you need some others, read this interesting piece “10 Commandments That Will Make You Rethink Sending Greeting Cards.”

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The designs, the sentiments, the wording, will frame your message in a sincere and up-to-date way; perfect for your friends, or their daughters! So please accept this gentle nudge towards this old-fashioned form of communication…a personal and unique method for expressing sentiment!

Since we’re talking about it, why don’t you send someone you love a card today?! 🙂


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21 Responses to The Lost Art of Letter Writing –

  1. Pat September 30, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    Thanks for entering, everyone!
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  2. Diana September 25, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    My granddaughter, for her birthday to tell her how special she is to me and how much I love her.

  3. Summer September 25, 2015 at 10:58 am #

    I sent out dozens of thank you cards to families and individuals who support our family to do full-time missions work. I received a card a couple weeks ago from a friend and it made my day!

  4. ginger September 24, 2015 at 1:02 pm #

    A birthday card to my youngest granddaughter. She is four, she opened each and every card with an expression that looked as if she had read each and everyone.

  5. Kristy C September 23, 2015 at 5:36 pm #

    I sent an encouraging letter to my friend Lisa Shaffer 2 weeks ago. Before that a silly post card to another Mom who has had some trying times with her twin boys. LOVE sending mail and #1 is right on!! We do have to think about the right card before sending and that is the key to me! THANK YOU

  6. Laura September 23, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

    I last sent birthday cards last week to my dad and father-in-law. same birthday, just a decade apart!

  7. Tracy S September 23, 2015 at 8:02 am #

    The last thing I sent was a couple of small packages with some things my hubby had made to my sister and my folks. The last just card I sent was a little note just to say you’re thought if to a lady in the church who hadn’t been in quite some time and I just wanted to let her know that she was missed by at least one person.

    • Becky September 23, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

      The last card I sent was an encouragement card to let a friend that we care!

  8. Becky September 23, 2015 at 3:58 am #

    My youngest son has been in Navy reserve school for intelligence with a desire to stop trafficking. My letters of recent have been sent along with packages of snacks as he has spent hours pouring himself into study. What a wonderful give-away!

  9. Lisa Stevens September 23, 2015 at 12:54 am #

    A thank you card to a dear friend and a birthday card to my sister. Cards are keepsakes that make everyone who receives them feel loved and special.

  10. Terrie Coleman September 22, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

    I sent a birthday card just this week to a dear friend. We trained and served at a missions base together in 1986 and have remained friends and prayer partners through the years. She lives in another city and we’ve not seen each other in almost 10 years, but we talk on the phone every week. We both still love Jesus and walk with Him daily.

  11. June September 22, 2015 at 10:37 pm #

    I recently sent a card of encouragement to a 14 year old young man named Jonathan.He.s starting Jr. High school. He has Cystic Fibrosis and had just gotten out of the hospital with a pic line to continue IV treatments. I wanted him to know that I’m praying for him.

  12. Gay Idle September 22, 2015 at 10:33 pm #

    Wow…I’m really having to dig to remember when I last sent a real physical snail mail card! I believe it was a card of encouragement. I absolutely love receiving cards and this just convicts me that in this age of instant everything, receiving a ‘real live’ card in the mail is a treat and a blessing, so I should be doing this more often!!

  13. Rebekah Neal September 22, 2015 at 9:29 pm #

    The last greeting card that I sent was to a dear aunt; we had been corresponding and I was trying to encourage her in some difficult times in her own life. I know that I love receiving cards; it speaks to me of sincerity and care in thinking of the time that was spent in writing and sending it.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

  14. Travice Apple September 22, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

    I am a responsible for the being the “Sunshine Committee” for our rural church and it’s amazing to me how touched other’s hearts are when you send them a special “thinking of you”, “just because”, “get well”, “in sympathy”,etc. card. The most recent cards I sent out were for the two people who volunteered to clean the church for the month of August. Hopefully it made them smile because their commitment to the church is so appreciated!

  15. Marissa Miller September 22, 2015 at 8:32 pm #

    I sent 4 thank you cards and 1 encouragement card last week. I enjoy sending encouragement cards the most since it shows that I was thinking of them and deeply care for the friendship. It also helps lift my friends’ spirits.
    Thank you so much for this post – letter writing isn’t as common anymore and I do agree that they do show gratitude and care.

  16. June September 22, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

    My last four or five cards were to friends and neighbors who are hospitalized in serious condition. I try to send one every three days, or so, and vary from get well thoughts to just simple cheery messages.

  17. Lori Kibby September 22, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

    I sent a Thank You card to our local radio station KCIS to say thank you to the morning radio dj who faithfully minister music and encouragement Monday through Friday to their listeners. They have been such an encouragement to me in my walk with God.

  18. Erin Ellis September 22, 2015 at 5:47 pm #

    I last sent a “thinking of you” greeting card to my mom because she was having a rough time. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com

  19. Karen Miller September 22, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    I have on my “to-do” list for today to send three cards! Two sympathy cards and one thank you letter in a card! I love sending little notes. I’d love to remind everyone that it is never too late to send a card. Even if it’s a month after the event. Cards are always appreciated! The card might touch someone just when they needed it.

    • Pat September 22, 2015 at 11:50 am #

      Go for it, Karen! For some reason, sending a card is so much easier to me than sending a letter, even though I also write notes inside! I love your attitude, too! Thanks so much for sharing here today…

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