What’s In My Mailbox? Advent-ageous


It’s December, 50% of my applications are complete, and I’m a week away from going home: so let the merry holiday mailing begin! I received my first festive parcel this week from Germany (thank you, Stephanie!) and am busily sending my own little envelopes of winter fun out into this wide world.

Of course, it’s been a little while since I last posted a mail haul, and I have a bit of a backlog of cute letters to show off. It was such a challenge to resist the urge to reply to these lovely mailings from England and the U.S. for so long, but after last week’s anarchy, I’m enjoying some restful letter-writing time at last. (And, in fact, I’ve now responded to all three of the letters featured here!) Joy to the world, truly.


My pen pal from PA sent me this lovely blue letter–there were several other cute cut-outs included, but the whortleberry jam best fit the color scheme of this photo! (Apparently whortleberries, also known as “bilberries,” are a close relative of blueberries. Of course, I grew up eating ‘Ōhelo berries, so I’m used to blueberry cousins.)


The fun of having a pen pal from the same country is that it’s very cost-effective to send each other envelopes of irregular thickness: her letter arrived all zipped up in this enchanting mermaid pouch! I’ve now put it to good use as a carrying-case for my brooches and jewelry.


Let’s cross the pond to England, from which I received a gorgeous envelope with some very cute stamps! If only a postal official hadn’t decided to scratch the stamps out messily with a pen instead of using a standard cancellation marking. That holiday robin is too adorable! Why, USPS? Why? he tweets.


What a cheerful, aqua-toned mailing–thank you, Sandeep! My name has never looked so calligraphically lovely. The vintage Niagara Falls postcard was particularly exciting, as its (British) sender mentioned that the next stop of her American travels was Hartford, CT: not that far from where I live!


Finally, Stephanie sent me my first holiday mail of the season–though this breathtaking envelope would be an appropriate pick for me any time of the year! (I feel like this may be a photo of the Maya ruins at Tulum. If so, maybe admiring this envelope will count towards my grad school application prep! I can dream…)


A nice teal fish guarded my letter and some little Nikolaus Day gifts inside (and I impressed myself by holding off opening them until December 6th as requested!).


And here’s a close-up of the advent calendar! The sneaky detectives among you can surely deduce when I received this. I’m looking forward to opening the rest of the flaps! It’s a feeling of anticipation and joy that almost matches that of opening my mailbox…

9 thoughts on “What’s In My Mailbox? Advent-ageous

  1. Sandeep Beep December 7, 2016 / 9:06 am

    Oh wow, what lovely mail! I’ve never heard of whortleberries or bilberries. Do they taste like blueberries or do they just look similar?

    • Mailbox Mermaid December 7, 2016 / 3:46 pm

      You know, I don’t know! I’m curious now, though. It sounds like they are the European equivalent to North American blueberries, but look and taste just a little different. I’d love to be the berry botanist who specializes in all the different varieties out there! 🙂

  2. Confuzzled Bev December 7, 2016 / 10:20 am

    Aww, those stamps are far too cute to have been crossed out like that. Silly postal worker!

    • Mailbox Mermaid December 7, 2016 / 3:36 pm

      I agree! That’s been happening more and more frequently to my post, I’ve noticed. I miss the good old cancellation marks, not these pen and Sharpie scribbles!

  3. thesnailmail December 7, 2016 / 10:50 am

    LOL, nicely titled! I really love those envelopes: both the ruined ruins & the letter fish.

    • Mailbox Mermaid December 7, 2016 / 3:41 pm

      I live for weird, pun-filled blog post titles. (And letter fish!)

  4. Idle Emma December 7, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    The pen strikes again at the stamps! But that robin one is super cute, and the advent calendar 🙂

    • Mailbox Mermaid December 7, 2016 / 3:39 pm

      Perhaps all the unattractive crossed-out stamps I’ve been receiving recently are the handiwork of a vengeful creepy doll…

      • Idle Emma December 8, 2016 / 7:12 pm

        I think you’re on to something there!

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