Next week Valentine’s Day is upon us once again. I’m preparing for the inevitable battle waged in my social media feeds (it happens every year). On one side are the people who say V Day is a fake holiday made up by greeting card companies and therefore meaningless. On the other are people who either point out that, historically, this is not true or who say they don’t care, they enjoy the flowers and cards and candy and the time set aside with the one they love.
I’ve never been big on Valentine’s Day myself, but I agree that a time set aside for you to remind the people you love that you love them isn’t wholly bad. Nor does it have to be confined to February.
I’m not alone in this. There’s a great website/movement/project called The World Needs More Love Letters with a wonderful community of people who write letters filled with love to people they don’t know. One of the projects More Love Letters coordinates is Love Letter Bundles.
Someone in your life that needs a boost? Want to do something really, really special for them?
Consider nominating a family member, friend, or loved one for a Love Letter Bundle today. We read through the nominations every single week and pick several to post up on our website for a 2-week period.
If chosen, you’ll find your story posted on our website and individuals from all over the world have the chance to mail love letters to the address you provide us with! You become the facilitator of your own Love Letter Bundle!
I love this idea. And I think this would make an excellent Valentine’s Day surprise for someone you love. It’s not possible to arrange for one through More Love Letters in time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t coordinate one yourself.
Start by choosing one or two bundle recipients. If you want to deliver by V Day, it may work out best if they live in the same city as you.
Next, make a list of people to contribute to the bundle. Folks who know and love the recipient are the obvious best choices for this. But if you have regular pen pals or far-flung friends who are excellent wordsmiths, consider asking them to participate. Perhaps they know of this loved one through the stories you’ve told and can speak to that. Or they can just write a general letter of love, as the More Love Letters participants do.
Special cards and fancy stationery aren’t required. The letters and notes don’t even have to be long. It’s just about offering an expression of love to someone who is amazing.
Ask everyone to either bring you the letters, cards, and postcards or send them to your address with a separate envelope with the recipient’s name inside. Collect them all, wrap a bit of ribbon around them all, and present them on Valentine’s Day. You may also want to gift them with a box of tissues.
This doesn’t only need to be a Valentine’s thing. I can think of at least a dozen people I would love to create a love letter bundle for right now. I may not have the energy to coordinate one every month, so I’ll just resolve to do it as regularly as I can throughout the year. Maybe I’ll even try for one through More Love Letters.
How many of you will give this a try?
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