It must be something in the air. Around this time of year, I start dreaming in water color. My fingers start craving scissors and paper. I get out the box of tangled paper cuttings and scraps and glue, sifting for ideas.
Maybe it's muscle memory. Maybe I associate the shorter days and cooler nights with working on gifts and creative projects indoors. As the holidays approach, our thoughts turn to our loved ones. For those who are far away, we're planning to put ink to paper, tuck a recent photo in an envelope, and maybe a small gift.
What are your paper traditions?
Do you cut snowflakes with your family, and cover the living room windows? Stamp your own wrapping paper on cut-open brown grocery bags? Pair a handwritten note and a secret cookie recipe with a jar of pre-measured ingredients?
Now's the time to pick out new stationery, and pore over the stamp options at the post office. Nothing beats a real letter, arriving as if by magic in the mail box. Yes, it takes a little extra effort to jot a note and address an envelope. It's not as fast as an email or a text. But in a fast-paced world, there's no better gift than slowing down, and taking the time to show you care. Writing a real note can be a gift for both sender and receiver.