December is WRITE A FRIEND MONTH

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Facebook and email are extremely popular methods of communication these days. Between texting, instant messages, smart phones and email, we hardly ever sit down and read a REAL letter. Who else dreads going to the mail box because most of what we get is junk mail and bills?? December is the month to CHANGE that! Grab some stationary, a couple of envelopes and postage stamps (yes, they do still exist), and write someone a letter!

December is National WRITE A FRIEND MONTH. That doesn’t mean sit down and send texts or emails. Actually sit down with pen and paper, and write them a letter. A real, honest to goodness letter.

Back in the day of “antiquated” postal services, letters were a regular form of communication. They did not have FaceTime or Skype. Deployed soldiers would write letters and then wait WEEKS for a reply, or whenever their mail could catch up with them! Can you imagine how important the mailmen used to feel when they delivered a long anticipated love letter or family newsletters? Before cars, the mail was delivered by horseback. If you are a fan of Westerns, then you are familiar with the Pony Express. Most young people  today have never received a real letter in their life! Letters were a constant form of communication before the internet age exploded. If you are a child of the ’80s or ’90s, you might remember chain letters that went around, or maybe you had a pen-pal that you corresponded with. I remember waiting for letters to come in! Something that was JUST FOR ME!

 

Take the time this month, write a note to one of your friends. It can be a simple post card. But getting a note from a friend in the mail can be uplifting! Do you know someone who is struggling this holiday season? Write them a quick note and let them know that you are thinking about them. “Liking” a status or leaving a comment is nice, but getting that letter in the mail can bring a smile to someone’s face. Who knows, you might actually receive a letter in return!

HOLIDAY CHALLENGE – Send one letter each week to a friend. Christmas cards do not count!

 

 

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