2 weeks til Halloween, one of my favorite holidays. When I think of Halloween and mail, my friend Andrew and his annual Halloween cards come to mind.
Andrew, how did the annual Halloween card come to be? Well, the guys I live with and myself LOVE Halloween. We had carved these three pumpkins and took a picture. We loved how it looked because the sun was setting in the window and it had this amazing fall feel to it. I really felt that it made a perfect card. So we printed it up, put it in a bright orange envelope and sent it off. Then a tradition was born. We have done it since 2004, but due to circumstances beyond our control we missed last year. However, we are back at it again and excited to do it. We all come up with a design, but then Derek, who is a designer, and I create the final card.
Why a Halloween card rather than the traditional Christmas card mailing? Number one, our love for Halloween, surpasses our love for the Christmas season. Secondly, there is also something still a little unexpected about getting a Halloween card in the mail, as opposed to a Christmas card. However, it seems now that places like Target and CVS are carrying a much bigger selection of Halloween cards, than they did in the past, so more people must be doing it. I have seen many vintage Halloween postcards, so it must have been in favor in the past as well.
Any temptation to send your Halloween cards by email? The first year we did it we only printed a few for our close friends and family. They were so well received that we decided to mail out a whole lot more the second year. The third year was our biggest mailing, but then sadly the cost of printing at home and postage became too much. So we’ve had to cut back on the actual mailing of the cards. We still mail them to those that have said they like having them and they put them up on their mantles each year, but we have to email out the rest.
You and I have been sending each other mail for about 20 years. Are you game for another 20? Absolutely, and I just wish that I had time to send you much more, as nothing beats getting a true piece of mail! Ironically, today I received a post card from you, a letter from my brother and a nice collage from another friend of mine – zero bills, zero junk mail and zero magazines or catalogs. Just honest to goodness correspondence. It was a FANTASTIC “real” mail day.
Viva Snail Mail!