‘There’s so much charm in a handwritten card’
As a child, Jodi Bickley loved sending Christmas cards to all her friends – and as an adult, she still takes the time to pen personal messages to her loved ones each festive season
Christmas cards were always a staple part of the festive period in our house. They’d adorn the doors and the walls of our living room, and as a new one would fall through the letterbox, we’d race to find a space to put it up. It was the closest our Mum would ever get to letting us help with house decor.
Every year, the Christmas post box would be set up in school, and I’d spend evenings making sure I made each card perfect, using my fountain pen – making sure I only wrote ‘Love from’ to my best friend Tabasam, who only spoke to me and had a potty mouth (although no one believed me because, as far as the whole school knew, she was mute), and Jameel, the love of my life from years four to six. Back then, I’d pick Bang On The Door cards with ‘Have a funky Christmas and a groovy new year’ inside, but as I’ve
got older, I opt for blank insides, colourful pens, glitter, and writing mini essays instead.
Christmas cards are more than a swooping social media statement of ‘Merry Christmas, everyone!’ There are certain people in my life I want to sit down and devote time to.
Whether it be a friend you haven’t seen for a while, or someone who’s having a rough time and needs some extra love, a Christmas card is a place to wish them well, not only for the festive period but for the coming year.
The process of stepping out of the status updates and Facebook likes and writing directly to someone can make them feel special and, in turn, makes you feel happy too. I find letter writing an act of mindfulness – to sit down and concentrate on
how you feel about another human being, away from the noise of the day to day, and just focus on what you’re writing; thinking about that person and sending them positivity and love for the year ahead,
Remember, you’re writing to someone you love – they won’t worry about whether your handwriting is perfect or everything is spelt correctly! There’s so much charm in a handwritten card. More than anything else, it shows you care. It may only take a moment, but it shows you’ve made that extra effort.
Christmas is all about making a difference to our little corner of the world, and a Christmas card is a lovely way to do that. ✴ Write A Letter by Jodi Bickley (Penguin) is out now