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Published November 13th 2019
Christmas Family Activity
Do you send cards or letters to friends and family just before Christmas Day? I know many folk do not, but there is so much value in doing so, that I would like to encourage readers and their children to do it this Christmas.
Many of us remember that many moons ago, before the Internet, that the only way to communicate with friends and family was phone (which sometimes was expensive), or letters and cards delivered by Australia Post.
Australia Post generally has discounted/special stamps to make it less expensive. If you've not done so in recent years, why not make a plan to send at least 10 cards or letters to your nearest and dearest for Christmas 2019?
If you have children, it is a great exercise for them to learn how we used to communicate at this time of year, just a few years ago.
Why not have a family meeting to choose which way you could make this a special Christmas not just for your own family, but friends and extended family.
Some ideas include:
Write a letter - you can use pen and paper, and photocopy it to send a copy to those family or friends that you are unlikely to see at this time of year.
Ask the children to draw something that relates to the season, which can be included or
photographed or copied to include/add to the letter
Take a photo of the family, and get some printed at places like Officeworks so that everyone can see the family members.
If the children are not familiar with the letter-writing process, they will learn how to do so, and of course, will learn the rules for addressing envelopes and posting.
Write the name, address with postcode neatly on the front of the envelope.
Write the family name (surname alone is ok), and your address on the back.
You can purchase inexpensive cards in many outlets - some of which are fundraisers for community service groups.
If you are sending just a card on its own, don't seal the envelope and it is cheaper to post. A message can be written inside the card and on the back.
If you have more than just a card, you can seal the envelope and the postage cost will be a little higher. The children can learn to negotiate at the Post Office!
If you wish to send a gift, teach the children about packing it safely, addressing it and taking it to the Post Office.
I wonder how many people will write back? You may be surprised. Oh, and don't forget to teach the children to pen a Thank You note to those who gave them a gift for Christmas. Yes, Granny and Grandpop would be most impressed!