One of my favorite things about the holidays is getting Christmas cards. Ask my husband- I’m like a little kid when I visit the mailbox every day from Thanksgiving until Christmas. I read every card and tape them across our entryway in the living room. But every year, the cards are less and less. In truth, even when it’s not the holidays, mail that’s not bills or junk is hard to find. I get it- I know that sending notes via email or Facebook is more convenient and is less expensive. Snail mail cards mean the price of a stamp and the price of the card. But there is something special about a hand written card– a little unexpected surprise in your mailbox. Something to make you smile in the middle of all the bills. So today I’m launching something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time–a Let’s Write a Note Challenge– and I’m inviting, no DARING you to join me!
I’m sure someone who is reading this is groaning, “Ugh, I have to use a stamp!”
Okay, yes, mailing something requires a stamp.
For me, the thought of formally showing my gratitude or brightening someone’s day is worth the price of a stamp. During this series, I’ll only be challenging you to write one handwritten note a week over the course of 4 weeks. So the minimum is only 4 notes and 4 stamps, but feel free to go above and beyond if you want. Of course, alternatively, if the cost of mailing a card is a true hardship, hand delivering a card is totally acceptable, too.
The cards for this challenge do not have to be handmade, only hand written. This may also be a great chance to get the little ones involved. Kids love sending AND receiving mail, so passing this challenge on to your kids is an excellent idea, as well! Ready to get started? Keep reading for the Week One Challenge!
Week One: A Family Member
This week, the challenge is to send one handwritten note to a family member. This can be any family member for any reason. Send a handwritten birthday card, a simple Thinking of You card, or a note of encouragement. Maybe a family member sent you or a child a gift a month ago and the Thank You note still hasn’t found it’s way to them?
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Who are you going to send a note to this week? Let me know in the comments!
Deb Harris says
I love this! My 3 young grandchildren love to get mail. I try to make sure they get cards for every holiday. They display & carry them & “read” them for weeks on end. Once my oldest learned to read last yr. I enclosed notes & tried to send notes at other times but due to my chronic illness & just tiredness I’ve dropped off on the notes. Calls & FaceTime are easy. This is just what I needed to get started again! They are Navy family & headed to Japan for 3 yrs. at end of Nov. I want to have a regular mail routine along with calls during that time. Thanks for wonderful idea. Just subscribed to your site & signing up.
I am so glad that you are joining me! I have a stack of notes to write myself
Laura Kelly says
What a fabulous, spectacular, great idea! My favorite license is with Expressionery because it is all about the written word!!! YAYYYYY!!!! I will write a letter to my cousin today for sure. 🙂
This is a cute idea! Maybe I will mail something to my mom.
YAY! I’ve been gearing up for this! I’m in 🙂 I’m going to send a note to my mother-in-law. She’s a widow and we don’t get to see her often due to distance, so I know she’ll love a sweet note from her family. I’m going to try to get my hubby to write a little something in there as well! Thanks for the nudge to do something sweet Melanie!
Sounds like an excellent idea. My daughter had her birthday party this weekend, so she has a LOT of notes to write! 🙂
What a lovely idea, I send a lot of snail mail still, thank you and just thinking of you notes and cards mostly. I do it because I love receiving real post myself. I know that email and instant messaging is more convenient for lots of things but if you really want someone to know you care I don’t think you can beat a piece of paper, card or postcard.
Tania S. says
I’ll write a note to my two nephews. They love to get mail.
Brittany Moore says
This is such a great idea! I make greeting cards myself, so I know too well that people aren’t nearly as enthused about them as they used to be. I’ll be sending some to my grandmas this week – thanks for the inspiration!
I’m in! I can’t wait to make people happy by sending them some happy mail! 🙂