Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I agree with many in the thought of it being a commercialized holiday and you should be showing the ones you love them all year round but I do love cards and sending mail so it’s just one more excuse to do so. Many sites now including, Minted, Zazzle, Card Store and Treat allow you to personalize many of their cards to include your sweetie’s name or a special inside joke. Taking the time to select a “perfect” card makes those who love (and hate) the holiday feel a little extra special.
As I have mentioned before, there are few things I love more than writing or receiving a hand written letter. In the summer I attempt to mail one hand written letter a day to friends and family all over the country. Being a teacher allows me lots of free time to accomplish this little task and it’s also just another excuse to buy cute stationary. When purchasing at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s you usually end up with 8 or 10 of the same cards. To spread the wealth, a girlfriend suggested that we have a stationary exchange. It ended up being a great girl’s night with lots of yummy food, laughs and a goody bag full of new stationary upon departure.
I read the other day that to save money the United States Post Office will be cutting Saturday delivery starting this summer. As emails and texting have taken over snail mail communication, they are continually losing more money. Personally, there are few things that top a real, hand-written note in the mail or even hand delivered. We get so much junk mail, magazines (Andy will tell you there are always too many of those) and bills that a hand addressed envelope feels like a diamond in the rough.
Of course there are the typical reasons to send a card such as birthdays, congratulations and thank yous but the best are little notes for no reason at all. I remember after birthdays and holidays as a kid, mom making us sit down and write all of our thank you notes much to our dismay. We were taught that there is never a reason too small to show your appreciation and thanks to someone and I am grateful she instilled that in us from early on because now it’s a no-brainer.
This love of cards has also led to the problem of buying too much stationary. TJ Maxx/Marshalls/Home Goods are my favorite places to purchase because they always have cute box sets for about 4 or 5 dollars. My collection has really grown and Morgan’s organization over winter break inspired me to do the same. The black boxes are from IKEA and the white ones are from The Container Store . I organized them into different categories and boxes; cleansing out all of the tiny boxes I had stacked up and streamlining them has worked well so far.