In the first few days of January, several of my friends posted similar status updates on Facebook. They ran something like this:
The first 5 people to comment on this status will, sometime in this calendar year, receive a handmade/homemade gift from me. I will send it out when the mood strikes me and, with luck, it will reach you at the perfect time.
The catch is, you have to make the same offer to all your friends.
The first time I saw it, I thought, Interesting, but I’m not a fan of chain-letter-esque stuff.
The second time I saw it, I thought, I really like the idea of making and sending out-of-the-blue gifts.
The third time I saw it, I thought, Wait a minute, there’s no reason I can’t make this offer to send gifts without a you-must-do-this-too stipulation.
So, I rewrote it a bit–changing the stipulation to an invitation–and posted it.
The response was enthusiastic and I quickly found myself committed to make and send things to a variety of people.
Last week I finished my first gift.
Then I filled it up with small goodies.
And I packaged it in an envelope made from a poster I’d plucked out of the recycling bin at work. (The back of the envelope shows Frankenstein reading Gone with the Wind.)
I was rather gleeful when I posted it off. Sending mail is as much fun as receiving it, don’t you think? If you’ve been looking for the perfect way to be a Champion of Postal Cheer, I highly recommend committing to send random gifts to random friends throughout the year.