My Secret Pleasure…
The post has just landed, an uninspiring heap that you’re rifling through, a hand full of the usual bills, bank statements and take away flyers, when you catch a glimpse of a thick luxurious envelope. ‘Is it my birthday?’ pops into your head, then vanishes as the reality of just another Wednesday dawns. So what is inside this rather lovely surprise, a beautiful hand enticing mystery, who’s written to me? In an era of emails, texts, Facebook, Twitter and numerous other social media messaging services, a personally hand written letter has become a rare treat in our digital world. Could it really become a lost art I wonder, but its a romantic and nostalgic pastime that we should indulge in more, surely?
Committing your thoughts to paper creates a timeless legacy of words, what will become of our lost electronic communications? A treasured message and tangible letter can always be kept with other keepsakes and will always be there. I have a little vintage suitcase with letters and cards from my grandparents when I was at Uni, from my Mum and Dad when they felt I needed a cuddle miles away from home, from the boyfriend who worked abroad, to my fiance and now husband. Hubby has even been known to leave a little postcard on my pillow on a day when I’m feeling nervous about an interview. I keep all his birthday, valentine, anniversary and Christmas cards, not just because he’s taken an age to find the right card but for the beautiful words he’s thoughtfully written just for me.
My secret pleasure, not just because I’m a stationery geek, is finding and sending gorgeous cards and notelets to someone special, I have a little stash waiting for just the right occasion.
So Christmas is coming…
and with social media making it easier to keep in touch, I’m finding some friends don’t bother with Christmas cards any more – preferring to post an online message of festive cheer. But they still matter to me, surely life is about more than typing out a text or poking someone on Facebook. Putting pen to paper is far more personal than a snowman emoji. Christmas cards might be the one time of year you sit down and write to someone you haven’t seen in a while, catching up on the news of the last 12 months.
So Christmas cards are important to me. Here’s a few of our favs from our Enchanted Winter Wonderland laser cut Christmas card collection! You can find them all here on our NOTHS store. Go on, this year treat a friend or loved one to an extra special ‘snail mail’ hand written card.