We all know that February 2nd is Ground Hog’s Day, and February 14th is Valentine’s Day! These are holidays that are celebrated by many of us every year during February. But there are other National Fun Holidays to celebrate during February that most people don’t know about.
Have you ever felt the excitement of opening your mailbox and finding a handwritten card or letter inside? But why the excitement? Perhaps it’s because you realize the time it takes in our busy lives to shop for and sit down to write a card. Perhaps it’s the heart-felt realization that the person was thinking about you when they selected that perfect card for you. Perhaps the card is from someone you hadn’t thought about in a long time. And for me, besides all of these reasons, it’s the excitement of receiving something in the mail besides the bills and junk mail I seem to receive every day.
Join us on February 7th and celebrate National Send a Card to a Friend Day! This unofficial holiday encourages people to send a card to a friend to let them know that you are thinking of them. We are living in some crazy unprecedented times right now. Although we may think about our family and friends often, daily life makes it hard to stay connected. In our fast-paced world, many of us try to stay connected through the many options of texting, social media and the internet. Send a Card to a Friend Day encourages us to use the old-fashioned, pen and paper, and very personal way to connect with family and friends.
For me, half of the fun in sending a card is picking out the perfect one. Serious or silly, be sure to pick out one you know your friend will love. Try to find a card with that perfect message that says what you really want to say. And taking a moment to add a short personal note will really brighten their day!
You can have fun celebrating this holiday with your children by having them make a homemade card to send to friends, grandparents or family they haven’t seen for a while. It can be a fun project for these cold February days, and a way for children to create and share their beautiful art. Older children can write a short message, sign their name, address the envelope, add a stamp and even take it to the mailbox!
So, take the time on February 7th to send that card! Your gestures and efforts are certain to make your recipients day brighter and bring a smile to their face!
Author, Vicki Starks, Fayette County F2ECE Associate