December 9, 2009 | life

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

I love to write. I love writing things down. Often, I have to write things down and then type them up – that’s just my process. But I thoroughly enjoy the feeling of putting pen to paper. I love nice stationary. I love how when I write in a notebook, the print shows through on the other side of the page and it feels all crispy. I love the smooth glide of a nice pen.

I used to love to write letters. My beloved grandmother, who passed on to go party in heaven in 2004, was my penpal. We wrote to each other all the time, mostly about complete nonsense, but it didn’t matter, because it was our nonsense. Her passing left a huge void in many ways, one of which, was not seeing envelopes with her handwriting on my doormat anymore.

Last week, one of my friends put her address in her Facebook status update and said ‘I await your Christmas cards.’ It all seemed a little jokey, but I asked her if that was her real address, because if so, I would totally be sending one. She said it was. That sparked an idea in me.

I sent out a message on Twitter saying if people like receiving mail, send me their address and I’ll send them a Christmas card. After a few replies asking if I was serious, slowly but surely, addresses started to trickle into my inbox. By the end of the day, I had 31 people to write Christmas cards to.

Of those 31, I have met only two of them in person. Like so many bloggers, so much of my life is online. And I’m fine with that. Over the past couple of years, as I moved all over the place, these complete strangers have become a part of my life. They read my blog, talk with me on Twitter, one even sent me a playlist she’d made to cheer me up when she knew I was going through a hard time. These people, though most of us have never met, are my friends.

I love receiving mail and I figured other people love that feeling too. In an age where birthday wishes are now posted on people’s Facebook walls, I want to go back to putting pen to paper. I want to spend time in gift shops picking out the right card for someone. Every now and then we have to unplug and go old school.

I hope that when these people receive the cards I sent, it makes them smile the way my grandmother’s letters did for me. If so, mission accomplished.

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16 Comments

VexInTheCity

I saw your tweet a few days ago, and smiled to myself. I think it’s really sweet. People don’t do enough ‘sweet’, random things to raise a smile in others anymore x

VickiP

What a lovely person you are Murieanne. Receiving letters is just wonderful and the ones you have with your Grandma will be cherished forever unlike emails that languish in cyberspace. On that note, send me your address as doing Christmas cards soon x

_topshelf

Great idea lady!!

I’m sending a homemade e-card because my handwriting looks like a preschooler’s. That’s a lie…Jingle_Jangle is making the card.

Meredith

Yay! I’m still awaiting your Christmas card, because I always love to see what my friends’ handwriting looks like. In this day and age you never actually get to see that anymore. Once I get your card I will let you know, MuireanN. No E.

The F$%K it list

I think its lovely that you sent out Christmas card. I am still a fan of taking out my personalized stationary to let people know how much they mean to me. My Hubby can speak on how many letters he’s received, Good and Bad.

I didn’t do holiday cards this year and it’s made me sad but its been too crazy and its not going to stop anytime soon.

The Jaded NYer

I cannot wait for this Christmas card!

But let me just say this- LORD HELP YOU if there’s a return address… the amount of lunacy I will start mailing you…I have all this cute stationary and a nice mont blanc my momma gave me, and I haven’t put it to good use in years…you don’t know what you started, my dear…

*begins designing inappropriate letterhead*

Smarty P. Jones

I, too, am ready to receive my Christmas card. If there is a return address, I will write you back. I haven’t had a pen pal since third grade. I’m so excited! No, really, I am. It doesn’t take much.

John Francis

Marvellous! I love writing. In fact I rarely stop. I have loads of notebooks filled with crazy ideas, characters, stories and poetry. In fact, I am as we speak studying toward a degree in Creative Writing. I wrote a short story recently and now have to adapt it into a script for either theatre or television. I too was pleased to receive a Christmas card through the post from Muireann. Thank you. xx

Vickster

This has just reminded me of when you moved to Canada in ’97 or ’98 I think, and we used to write letters to each other… those were the good ol’ days!

SponsoredBride

OMG!! great idea!!! I missed that particular tweet, I have been a little neglective of Twitter latey and now I know I need to get back in the game so I don’t miss tweets like that. I would totally have loved to receive a xmas card.
p.s. just sent out a few of my cards today, it made me feel more in the xmas spirit! especially with pretty xmas stamps on them!

Amber

Awwww that is a truly LOVELY idea! I too love writing letters. For my twentieth birthday a couple years back I asked all of my relatives to write me a letter instead of giving me a present and I love writing to distant family members. Pen and paper rule!!! Way to go spreading the holiday cheer!! 🙂

Bangs and a Bun

VEX – I know. I’m going to try to pull off more random acts of sweetness!

BEX – *blushes* I can be sweet when I try 😉

VICKI P – Thanks chica. Will email you my address. There’s no ‘e’ on the end of my name though babe!

TOPSHELF – A homemade e-card can be just as nice. I look forward to seeing Jingle Jangles artistic stylings!

LONGTALLALLY – Aww, I’m glad it made you do a little jig! And I never thought my handwriting was that nice, so that’s awesome!

MEREDITH – Well, now I know your address, expect more random nonsense through your letterbox from me!

TYRONE – Awesome!

F$%K IT – That is so cute that you write letters to your hubby and I’m glad the art of letterwriting has not died in your house.

JADED – Err, I believe I did put my return address on there. BRING THE NOISE!

SMARTY – Let the penpallery commence!

JOHN – That’s so great that you’re doing a degree in writing. It’s nice to know someone has as many notebooks crammed with scribbles as me! And you are more than welcome for your Christmas card. It was a pleasure to send it.

VICKSTER – Ahh yes, the good old days – before Facebook ruined our lives!

SPONSOREDBRIDE – Lady, email me your address and I’ll send you a card! bangsandabun@gmail.com

MINISTA – Woo hoo!

AMBER – That’s so sweet that you got your relatives to do that. It’s so much more personal and something you can hold on to forever.

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