This Valentine’s Day, there’s no better way to express your feelings than in an original handwritten love letter. If you’re not feeling poetic, skip the “roses are red, violets are blue,” but do make it personal with your handwriting and a pretty piece of paper.
Handwritten love letters have connected people for generations. Some of the most famous love letters include notes from (and to) noted actors, authors and artists, such as Marlene Dietrich, Ernest Hemingway, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.
Like most holidays, Valentine’s Day is not a time for electronic convenience.
A Handwritten Love Letter Lasts Longer
Handwriting adds a personal touch to your message, and it can turn your love letter into a historical heirloom. John Adams, the second president of the United States, exchanged more than 1,000 letters with his wife, Abigail Smith Adams, during their courtship, after their marriage and well into his political career.
From his salutations (“Miss Adorable”) to his closings (“Yours most tenderly”), John Adams shared his feelings for his wife, as well as his commentary on current world affairs.
In 1764, he wrote to her: “My soul and body have both been thrown into disorder by your absence, and a month or two more would make me the most insufferable cynick (sic) in the world. … But you who have always softened and warmed my heart shall restore my benevolence as well as my health and tranquility of mind.”
Fast forward more than 150 years to President George H.W. Bush. He enjoyed sending handwritten notes to people; in fact, it was his preferred method of communication.
He also wrote many letters to Barbara Pierce, whom he would later marry. In December 1943, he sent a handwritten love letter to his “darling Bar”: “I love you, precious, with all my heart and to know that you love me, means my life. How often I have thought about the immeasurable joy that will be ours some day.”
Even today, putting pen to paper means more than sending a text or email. This year, like every year, many tons of Domtar paper will make the holiday special, from our card stock for greeting cards to our specialty products for edible treats.
If you want to do more than send a handwritten love letter, check out these ideas from the Paper & Packaging Board: Get Creative for Valentine’s Day: 5 Gifts and Goodies Crafted with Paper
This story was updated on Feb. 13, 2023.