The month of December is National Write a Friend Month, and December 7th is National Letter Writing Day! Now that we use electronic devices to communicate, the art of letter writing is almost lost, so let’s take a moment to remember what a quality letter looks like and why people should bother writing them.
In the 19th century, great pains were taken to write beautiful letters, and many rules were in place to guide how a letter should look. For example, ladies were encouraged to write on delicately tinted and perfumed paper. Letters were never to be written in red pen. A letter should not be sent on half of a sheet of paper unless it pertained to matters of business. Mistakes or ink blots were not allowed, and if they appeared on a page, it was suggested that the entire letter should be rewritten out of respect to the reader.
Emails, text messages, and instant messages have replaced this traditional way to communicate over distance, but letter writing still has a special place in our hearts. When you write a letter to someone by hand, it shows that you are taking the time to communicate with them in a personal way. If you decide to send someone a letter to celebrate National Write a Friend Month, consider using some special paper, called stationery. Use your best printed or cursive handwriting so that they can read every word. Be careful to spell everything correctly. Then, fill out an envelope with their address, place a stamp in the upper right hand corner, and send it to them through the mail. The surprise of receiving a letter in the mail will surely make their day!