Can you remember the last time you wrote a letter and sent it in the mail? Chances are it’s been a while. Over the years, letter writing has significantly declined. Modern technology has basically made handwritten letters obsolete. In the past, sending letters in the mail was the way you stayed in touch with friends and family who lived far away. Now with email, text messaging, and social media, it’s easier than ever to keep up with friends and family and feel like you’re still a part of their lives.
Children nowadays have probably rarely written out a letter and sent it in the mail. Sure, they may have cosigned the family holiday card or maybe you’ve made them hand write and send thank you notes for birthday presents they’ve received, but they’ve most likely never truly written a letter as a means of communication. December 7 is National Letter Writing Day in the United States and is a good opportunity to teach your children the history of writing letters and let them try it out for themselves!
This year on National Letter Writing Day, or any day this month, sit down with your children and allow them to pick a family member or close friend to write a letter to. Encourage them to write about anything they want to! It can be about their friends, what’s been going on at school, their upcoming soccer tournament, whatever! Let them know it’s not so much about the contents of the letter, but the thought that is behind taking the time to sit and write something personal and meaningful.
Another way to celebrate National Letter Writing day is to write to a child in need. Through Save the Children, an organization that provides aid to children in need around the world, you can write to an underprivileged child in a variety of countries including Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Haiti. This is also a great thing you and your child can do together to experience writing letters as a form of giving back. For more information about how to get involved, click here.
Letter writing doesn’t have to be a lost art form! Celebrate National Letter Writing Day with your children and write a letter to friends and family or to children in need.