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The HAND Written Word

by Brenda Williamson

If you’re not aware, which I wasn’t until I came across this tidbit of information, today is Letter Writing Day. Its observance is in honor of when people used to hand write letters. You remember, with a piece of paper and a pen or pencil.

Early December was the busiest time for correspondence. With Christmas coming, the most sentimental time of the year for Christians, thoughts often turned to faraway friends and family. Therefore, if you only communicated with them once a year, it was then.

I recall the days when I used to send paper Christmas cards with handwritten letters in them. I also remember what it was like to hand-write my stories.

It was painful, what with getting hand cramps after long hours of writing.
It was messy as I made changes and erased a lot.
It was time consuming, since numb fingers and misspellings slowed me down.
Most of all, it was the best part of my life and I’d not change a thing about that nostalgic period. But give up my computer for it—no way.

In today’s technological advanced world, actually picking up a pen and writing to someone is not as common as it once was and it will never be again. Not as long as we can email, text or talk on the phone. So in the spirit of our forefathers, maybe we should pick up a pen, write a letter, tuck it in a Christmas Card and send it to someone we love today.


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Linda B December 7, 2010 at 7:31 pm


Diane Mc. December 7, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I’m working on my Christmas cards and several aunts and uncles get handwritten notes inside.

Brenda Williamson December 7, 2010 at 7:41 pm

He’s waiting for someone to give him a big kiss!

Brenda Williamson December 7, 2010 at 7:42 pm

I think I send maybe two or three cards to friends that send me one Diane.

jennifer mathis December 7, 2010 at 7:54 pm

hello santa .!!!! I have been doing the christmas cards for about a week now and I’m up to my eye-balls in them . I have wrote so many my hand is permently cramp . so hand-written note day check got that one done 🙂

Earlene Gillespie December 7, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I am finishing up my christmas cards too. I always send them every year. I have one friend that lives in florida and I write her often. I haven’t gotten away from the paper letters. I do use email and cell phone to talk to some people though. LOL
I guess it depends on who I want to talk to or write to at the time.

Karen December 7, 2010 at 8:19 pm


Paris Brandon December 7, 2010 at 8:36 pm

I just bought my cards and I always try to write a personal note inside. I usually make a batch of cookies and sit down to write. I’m positive that reaching for a cookie keeps me from getting hand cramps:-)

Anne December 7, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I’m not a letter writer or card sender, but I am good about handwriting thank you notes. I’m not sure why, my mother never really stressed the importance (though they are). What’s also sad is that there is discussion about eliminating the teaching of cursive in school. Although I have to admit I don’t see why we need two forms of writing or even how both forms began.

Judith December 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I am also writing my cards at the moment. 4 or 5 at a time so I am fresh and not cramped and can add notes inside.
I love receiving letters but it does not happen enough any more.
I usually make special time for them when I do, make a coffee and snuggle down for a pleasurable read. Lovely.

Virginia E December 7, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Oh, I remember those days of handwritten documents fondly. It’s the only way I got through high school after my typing teacher asked me to drop his class before he had to flunk me (dyslexic fingers). I only learned to word process after holding up a typed letter in my college days that was two-thirds opaque. There are handwritten letters that are over 500 years old and still legible. Sotheby’s is selling a set of 425 to 426 year-old letters regarding Elizabeth I’s imprisionment of Mary, Queen of Scots today (such irony there). Unfortunately, I doubt their electronic descendents will stay legible for even one century.

Estella December 8, 2010 at 12:19 am

The only time I hand write anymore is to fill out checks.

Laura K December 8, 2010 at 12:27 am

I have to get cookin’ on my cards. I love to write a little personal thing or two in each just to let people know I care.

catslady December 8, 2010 at 12:30 am

I use to agonize and spend days and days writing something in Christmas cards. The hard ones were all out of state and all my husbands family and friends – some I didn’t even know. None of them are with us any more and in a way I sort of miss it but I’m also relieved that it frees up some extra time lol. I did it for more than 30 years!

Sheila December 8, 2010 at 12:35 am

I always enjoy getting a letter in the mail. I need to send one to my sister. Maybe I’ll do that later tonight.

Vicky CK December 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I still look forward to the real Christmas cards (that come in the mail) every year. Some now-a-days are true works of art! And with family spread out over half the country now, the pics in them are the only phisycial pictures I get each year.

This post is a nice reminder for all us addicted to the net-I even tweeted it (here:!/superauntvicky/status/12476753154932736)

Fedora December 9, 2010 at 2:04 am

I find it awfully tempting to forego handwriting cards (it’s SO easy to just type something up) but there’s no substitute for the pleasure of a handwritten, handsigned letter or card. Must get started on the stack this year 😉 Thanks for the lovely post, Brenda!

Laurie G December 9, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I always send hand written birthday cards, thank you cards and Christmas cards!

Mic December 11, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Lmao about the tree trimming hottie holding the mistletoe & his holiday balls!

Kirsten C. December 16, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I love this! It’s sooo true! Heck, I don’t even get most of my xmas cards out on time anymore! If I don’t start sending things before Thanksgiving, don’t expect them until after the new year! Ridiculous, right?!! Thanks for the reminder! I may just have to pick up a card on the way home and send it…somewhere! LOL

Christine H December 21, 2010 at 10:20 am

I love sending out Christmas cards and snail mail packages to friends. I don’t mail letters though, I’m always on the phone except at Christmas when I send out letter or just a note written in the card.

I love the computer!! I’m with you I would never go back to the age of no computer either. I didn’t want a computer when everyone already had one in 2000, but my husband convinced me of that and the cell phone both I very quickly couldn’t live without. lol

Have Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!!

Kelly December 31, 2010 at 6:46 pm

For some reason, hand writing is one of the ways I’ve found to overcome writer’s block. Sometimes I cut up the pages and tape them together to rearrange. There’s something about seeing everything laid out instead of part of one page on a computer screen that helps.
I’ll never get rid of the computer, but I always have notebook paper in my office, and a notebook in my purse!

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