What with all of the emails and text messages all around us these days, it may seem that the art of writing letters and cards is slowly fading into oblivion. After all, who wants to wait days if not weeks to get some hard-to-read words scribbled down on a piece of paper when it would be so much easier to just read an email?
But sending and receiving letters is about so much more that that. It’s about someone taking the extra time and effort to actually write words down and then making that despised trip to the post office to wait in a long line to finally send it off. It’s about someone deciding to go into all that effort and spend a few cents on postage just to make their message personal.
And that’s what World Stationery Day is about: preserving the art of writing letters and cards, as opposed to just sending those we care about pictures of letters that cannot truly be touched on a screen. If that’s not an honourable cause, what is?
The History of World Stationery Day
Humans have been writing for thousands of years, since prehistory. The Dispillo tablet is thought to be the oldest written record on Earth, dating back to the 6th millenium BC. After that, writing seemed to srping up in different places, being especially prominent in the Near East.
At the time, the main reason for writing becoming a necessity was that information needed to be transmitted as a for political expansion to be able to take place. Soon, financial transactions and historical events were being documented using writing as well. The Mesopotamian writing system is though to be the oldest writing system. Dating back to 3600 BC, it was ased on the simple concept of pressing a triangular-shaped stylus into soft clay.
As everything does, writing slowly evolved from these triangles into what it is today. World Stationery Day was created in 2012 to help make sure the art of writing would not go extinct, as some feared it would because of all of the technological advancements of our times making actually writing much less practical than other methods of communication.
How to Celebrate World Stationery Day
If you’re wondering how you can properly spend this day, don’t worry! The answer to this question is unbelievably simple: write a card or a letter. The folks who created this day wanted to make sure writing endured despite the wide array of more efficient options available, so do your part to help them achieve their goal.
If a holiday is coming up, especially a big one like Christmas or Easter, make a point of handwriting cars and letters to send to your friends, family, and other people you care about. As World Stationery Day celebrates the written word and all things stationery, feel free to buy a few kinds of stationery and vow to use it whenever you have the chance.
Are you organising a party in the near future? Do you need to thank all of the people who came to your wedding for their lovely gifts? Has a close friend been ill a while and could use a cheery get well soon card? Whatever the occasion, World Stationery Day can be every day, so join in the fun!