Festive snail mail – Blogmas day 1

It’s Christmas!! Well, not exactly, but it is the first day of December and for me that marks the true beginning of festivities. Buying presents, decorating the house, getting a tree, seeing all the lights, cosy evenings with a fire, Scandinavian box sets and cheesy films, baking with a lot of cinnamon… I love so many things about this time of year, and always feel an extra surge of gratitude for how fortunate I am to be able to enjoy all of these things and spend time with the people I care about.

This year is a little special – it is my first ever blogmas! For anyone out there who’s not sure what this involves, it is basically a challenge to post daily in the lead up to Christmas.

I’ve just hit play on the Christmas playlist for the first time this year, and I’m ready to write.Β For my first post, I wanted to talk about sending festive snail mail, since that is one of the things I am doing today. I love sending post, especially abroad to far-flung friends; if it wasn’t for the price, I’d be unstoppable at the post office.

Today I will be sending letters and presents to two of my closest (not according to geographical proximity) friends. Firstly, my Floridian pen pal of three and a half years who I met on Tumblr and have had back-and-forth transatlantic visits with over the years. And secondly, one of the best friends I made whilst living in Sydney last year.

Sending and receiving post is one of the best ways to connect with people who live too far away to visit in person. Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of modern technology, which connects us all in amazing ways, but seeing and opening a package from someone on the other side of the world feels so personal and tangible.

Do you like to send snail mail at this time of year?


List of all Blogmas posts:

Day 2 – The Art of Foraging

Day 3 – Vegan Biscotti

Day 4 – Christmas in Paradise?

Day 5 – 7 Ways to Manage Social Anxiety at Christmas?

Day 6 – Top 3 Binge-Worthy Scandinavian TV Shows

Day 7 – Why did I start blogging?

Day 8 – My Winter Wanderlust Wish List

Day 9 – How to Make a Christmas Wreath

Day 10 – Homemade Vegan Mince Pies

Day 11 – What It’s Like to Backpack During the Festive Season

Day 12 – How I Consciously Chose Change in 2017

Day 13 – Reflecting on Gratitude

Day 14 – The Traditional Christmas Walk

Day 15 – How to Make Mantelpiece and Staircase Garlands

Day 16 – The Vegan Flavours I Bake With At Christmas

Day 17 – Dear 2017 Me: An Open Letter

Day 18 – Homemade Vegan Gingerbread House

Day 19 – The Christmas Tag

Day 20 – Boys Toys, Girls Toys: The Pink and Blue Divide

Day 21 – Feeling Low at Christmas: 15 Self-Care Tips

Day 22 – Things I Want to Leave in 2017

Day 23 – Shuffle Music Tag

Day 24 – 9 Of My Christmas Traditions


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38 thoughts on “Festive snail mail – Blogmas day 1

  1. Hello Bexa says:

    Great post Alys! πŸ’• That’s is lovely you still send letters, I love sending and receiving post ☺️. Technology is great but hand written letters gives it such a personal touch βœπŸ»πŸ’Œ. Looking forward to reading more of your posts! Happy Blogmas 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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    • Alys says:

      Thank you so much, Bexa! It gives you such a lovely feeling I think πŸ™‚ It’s definitely personal ❀ The feeling is mutual, I'm excited to follow your Blogmas too xx


  2. Annie says:

    I completely agree! There’s no better feeling than opening the mailbox and seeing a letter addressed to you! I definitely want to start sending more mail overseas! I have a lot of relatives that I could send letters to! Good luck with Blogmas this year!

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