National Handwriting Day is Saturday, January 23rd, coinciding with John Hancock's birthday. As the president of the Second Continental Congress, John Hancock was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence and is said to have signed in bold style so the King wouldn't need glasses to read it. In the time leading up to the Day's creation in 1977, educators were concerned handwriting skills were being lost, so the Writing Instrument Manufacturer's Association aided their cause by creating National Handwriting Day.
Whether you write in Copperplate script or without any flourish, we want to encourage you to write, often. I shared a personal story of "Why I Write" on our new Reviews, Q&A and More page and encourage you to read it and to write to people you know - or don't - but who would appreciate a card, note or letter. These times have resulted in isolation and stress; imagine the ray of sunshine your writing would be when received by someone.
At Flax, we'll help you celebrate National Handwriting Day with 20% off Custom Stationery (valid for orders now through the end of the month, appointments preferred), announcements and printing and some other specials (soon to be determined). Some custom print selections are available through the website if you'd like to choose the "easy-peasy" way. On the 23rd, we'll also be giving a gift with purchases over $50 made in-store, online or by phone.