20 responses to Amish Circle Letters
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    Comment on Amish Circle Letters (February 5th, 2014 at 08:44)

    I’m glad this practice is still going on.

    Even though I’m not Amish, my family did “family” circle letters when I was growing up in the 60s-70s. My mom did one with her sisters and parents, and I did one with all my cousins. It was always a special day when the letters arrived!

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      Comment on CIrcle letters (February 22nd, 2015 at 14:18)

      CIrcle letters

      I did them with my cousins as well.. 🙂

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    Mary Miller
    Comment on Amish Circle Letters (February 5th, 2014 at 17:07)

    I “inherited” two circle letters when my parents passed away. One, of my Dad’s Siblings (12 in this one), and one of my Mom’s Miller cousins (14 in this one). I don’t know all the writers in the cousin one. Both of these sets of letters have been steadily passed down to the next generation, as the original writers pass away. Soon my Dad’s sibling letter will be a cousin letter!

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Love these! (February 5th, 2014 at 17:33)

    Love these!

    I love the concept of circle letters, though I’ve never communicated that way, myself. If nothing else, it helps sustain the Postal Service a bit longer (my husband is a retiree), as well as the art of letter-writing (and, I think, cursive writing). I’ve had a pen pal for 48 years this month, so writing (mostly by hand & stamp, although sometimes by email)has always been a favorite pasttime for me.

    What a treasure you have, Mary, in the circle letters you inherited. Might you be willing to share any examples of what was written about? They sound like hand written time capsules!

    Alice Mary

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      Mary Miller
      Comment on Amish Circle Letters (February 13th, 2014 at 17:29)

      Often the letters include news of any special family happenings, such as vacations taken, new babies born, or deaths of acquaintances. The weather may be noted, and whether gardens have been planted, etc. Since they travel all over the country, it can vary quite a bit!

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    Julie Turner
    Comment on Circle Letters (February 5th, 2014 at 17:42)

    Circle Letters

    Hi Eric, In Australia, we call the circle letters round robins.
    I belong to a group and our letters frly from Australia to England, the USA and Canada.
    Each circle letter is on a different topic, for example gardening or hobbies.
    We get to meet people from all over the world and I have made some wonderful friends.

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      Comment on Amish Circle Letters (February 6th, 2014 at 07:06)

      Julie, sounds like a great name for circle letters. I can just hear “round robins” in an Australian accent. Nice to hear they go on outside of the Amish as well.

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    Comment on Want to start a circle letter (February 5th, 2014 at 18:31)

    Want to start a circle letter

    If you want to start a circle letter then contact me.
    My email is Cbliss 3 three 0 zero 4 nine @ yahoo dot com
    I live in Orlando, FL. and I am 53, like to garden, read, movies, TV, volunteer at the local hospital,
    I am single, like dogs, I have a Parakeet named Charlie that talks, and so on.

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      Comment on Amish Circle Letters (February 16th, 2014 at 19:31)

      Sent you an email 🙂

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      Comment on sounds like fun (July 15th, 2014 at 19:30)

      sounds like fun


      What is your interest in the Amish?



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    Juanita Cook
    Comment on Amish Circle Letters (February 6th, 2014 at 14:29)

    Love the idea of circle letters. Wish I could get my family to do that.

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    Comment on Amish Circle Letters (February 6th, 2014 at 21:42)

    My cousins & I kept in touch by Circle Letters as well.. Some of them werent so great at keeping up.. usually the boys but we had fun with them.

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    Comment on A Month of Letters (February 7th, 2014 at 17:57)

    A Month of Letters

    In 2010, an author started, A Month of Letters’. Every February, she writes letters to anyone who requests one. Some times she keeps up her correspondences after February, to those who continue to write to her. This will be the third year in a row I have participated in what I believe is a beautiful way to keep letter writing alive.
    If you would like a letter from me, just head over to my blog (the link is built in to my name-I think) Just look for the highlight to show up when you move your mouse around my post and name.
    Put your name and address into the comments section at the end of any post and let me know you are participating in the ‘A Month of Letters’ and I will write to you. ALL ADDRESSES & NAMES ARE CONFIDENTIAL AND WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED ON MY BLOG.
    Ladies only please. Thank you!

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      Comment on Here is my link (February 7th, 2014 at 17:59)

      Here is my link


      It did not show up in m original comment.

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    Ed from NY
    Comment on Amish Circle Letters (February 8th, 2014 at 11:07)

    Question – who keeps the actual paper letters in a circle letter? Say there are twelve people in a “circle” . Person #12 would get an envelopes with twelve letters inside – one from everybody. But was does he or she do with it? Send all the letters on to person #1, along with person #12’s letter. But then does person #1 keep forwarding around an ever growing stack of letters? Person #1 could take out the old letters and just forward his or her new letter. But then people further down the circle would miss out on letters from those after themselves in the circle. Do participants wait until one of their own letters comes back to them, take that one out, add a new letter?

    However its done, sounds like good old fashioned, low tech fun. Sort of a primitive version of facebook.

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      Comment on Amish Circle Letters (February 10th, 2014 at 07:26)

      Ed the way you describe it in your final sentence is how it’s supposed to work…original writer removes his letter when the whole stack comes back around. That way everyone has had a chance to see it.

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        Mary Miller
        Comment on Amish Circle Letters (February 13th, 2014 at 17:25)

        You are correct, in that when the letters arrive, I read all of them, remove my letter from the last time, and write a new letter to add, always keeping them in their numerical order. I always send the letters to the same person, and always get them from another (same) person.

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    Patty Tolliver
    Comment on Amish Circle Letters (February 11th, 2014 at 20:54)

    Amish Circle Letters

    I once belonged to an online greeting card group. It was an international group. We made our cards and passed them around in the same manner as the circle letters but we called them round robins. You had to contribute two cards one for a member to choose and one for the person who started it. It was a lot of work but a lot of fun in the end. I love writing letters and wish I could get involved with a circle letter group.

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    Comment on Amish Circle Letters (February 13th, 2014 at 18:13)

    Once you put your letter in then who do you send it to ?Does postage get expensive?

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    Elva Bontrager
    Comment on I am in Two Circle Letters (December 31st, 2014 at 12:40)

    I am in Two Circle Letters

    My birth family has had one going for years and a cousin letter in my dad’s family is going strong. The cousin letter on my mother’s side petered out but someday someone will start it again.

    Postage doesn’t get too expensive. Each person’s letter generally is just one sheet so the only reason a letter might get too bulky and heavy is that more people have been added.

    The process is interesting. I remember when my mother’s generation were the primary participants in my birth family letter. As they died off, my own generation became the ‘old’ people and some of us have now died. Our current family letter now includes the third generation.

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