The other day when I went and retrieved the mail from our box there was an envelope that stuck out. Amongst the bills and restaurant flyers was an envelope addressed, by hand, to my six year old daughter. Looking at the return address I knew who it was from. I handed it to my daughter. When you’re six getting mail is a big deal. Getting mail from Santa is a huge deal! We opened it up and read the typed stock letter that all kids who take the time to write to Santa get. But at the end of the letter was a hand written note from Santa thanking Molly for the lovely picture she had drawn. That made her absolutely beam.
There is something undeniably special about receiving hand written letters or cards that have personalized notes in them. The thought that someone took the time to sit down and write something especially for you is just really nice. And as of today, that letter from Santa is the only personalized piece of mail our mail box has seen in quite some time. I remember a time, not all that long ago, where we would receive at least a handful of Christmas cards around the holidays. This year – not a single one. But it’s really not fair for me to complain if I haven’t bothered to send any out either is it? So I decided to do something about that!
The truth is I have stacks and stacks of Christmas cards. Every year after Christmas I buy a box when they go on sale, with the intent that next year I will be on the ball and actually start sending cards out again. But I don’t. I get busy, we all know how hectic this time of year can be, and I don’t make it a priority. But shouldn’t spreading joy be a priority? I have decided that yes it should be. So I dug out all the Christmas cards and told Molly we were going to sit down and get some cards ready to mail. My little first grader who is currently obsessed with reading and writing thought that was a fine idea. And when I brought out the “fancy” pens she declared it was a GREAT idea!
Let’s talk about these pens for a minute. Because they are pretty awesome. If I could get away with using a rainbow of coloured pens at work I would. I would sign my letters in pinks and purples and it would be glorious. But, alas, the corporate world isn’t that colourful. But there are plenty of other opportunities to inject some colour into my writing and I take full advantage of that. And so does my daughter. In fact if you ask her what her favourite colour is she will tell you it is ROY G BIV. If you then look at her with a puzzled expression she will clarify that her favourite colour is rainbow.
She is a colourful character! But back to the pens. The Papermate InkJoy Gel Pens have quickly become a favourite in our home. Here’s what you need to know about them:
- They come in 14 bright and vibrant colours.
- They write super smoothly.
- They dry 3 times faster than your average gel pen. This is awesome for kids and for lefties too!
- The comfort grip feels nice in your hand.
- Each pen has a window so you can keep an eye on ink levels.
These were the perfect pens to sit down and write out some special Christmas cards for some special people. On the top of our list was Molly’s Great Grandmother Millie. Many of us have never had the opportunity to even meet our great grandparents and Molly knows just how special it is that she has one. And she also knows how much it will mean to Great Grandma Millie to find a card from her (along with a picture with Santa) in her mailbox. It was also important to her that this be HER project. So I put out the cards, the pens, and Grandma’s address, and let her do her thing.
As you can see she’s still learning spacing and using the finger trick. A minuted later I found her finishing her work on the floor by the Christmas tree because one of the cats has decided that’s her new home.
Of course, in Molly’s opinion, no writing project is complete without a colourful picture, especially when there are pretty pens involved. I just know her Great Grandmother is going to love this beautiful Christmas tree!
Look how proud how she is! If this isn’t inspiration to break out the Christmas cards and the Papermate Inkjoy pens then I don’t know what is! Of course you can get out there and spread joy any time of the year.
So pick up a set, or two, or three and stuff those stockings with these pretty pens and then get your family started on spreading the joy. Holiday cards, thank you cards, sticky notes around the house or in lunch boxes. It’s so easy to bring a smile to someone’s face with a simple, kind or funny note. The world can never have too much joy. Get out there and #SpreadJoy today! And if you need even more incentive you should check out how Papermate and Shawn Mendes are working together to #SpreadJoy. And while you’re there make sure to enter to win to spend a day with Shawn Mendes spreading joy in the streets!
You can find PaperMate Inkjoy pens at Staples, Walmart, London Drugs, Amazon and Novexco.
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