Valentines Greetings / January 4, 2019 / Hester Higgins
In the United States St. Valentines Day is the second largest card giving holiday celebrated. Somewhere in the vicinity of 190 million lovers and friends greeting cards are sent each year. The holiday is said to come to us from ancient Roman Empire times when a priest who was forbidden to perform marriages for the young strapping healthy Roman soldiers defied Roman law and performed the marriages anyway. He was eventually caught and imprisoned and executed. Now thats romantic. Ever since the early 1700s Americans have been sending expression of friendship gratitude and love to those around them. In the early 1800s Esther A. Howland produced the first commercial Valentine greeting cards. And even though receiving a beautiful card is wonderful Americans have demonstrated by their purchases during this winter holiday that candy is still our sentiment of preference.
Of course the field tends to be dominated in sheer numbers by the Internet presences of the longtime major card companies Hallmark and American Greetings. As you might expect Hallmarks electronic offerings are wide-ranging and diverse with an emphasis on heartwarming cuddly fun and humorous options that feel unfailingly familiar. The same goes for American Greetings also noteworthy for the creativity of such options as "Valentines Day Notes" which lets the sender click drag and assemble a personal fun message from a hodgepodge of romantic phrases much like those popular magnetic poetry kits on so many refrigerator doors. While both ecard websites offer a smattering of relatively simple free cards to send customers who want to deliver the best offerings have to pay for individual cards from Hallmark or a membership from American Greetings which might lead some to hesitate a moment and wonder if paying for e-greetings that feel slightly homogenized is really worth the money.
A popular one by Fred Jacob is that love is like fine wine and it gets better with age. Another on that I found especially interesting is by Diane Ackerman which goes like this everyone admits that love is wonderful yet no one agrees on what it is. These are sayings that are truly food for thought. There are so many others that will amaze you while others will crack you up with laughter. Valentine and love are really synonymous and most sayings will be pegged on love. If you have an opinion about love why not let the world know what it is all about. You might turn heads with yours. There are other sayings that are just negative when it comes to love. Other people may consider the sayings practical and even truthful. One that comes to mind goes like this love is like a toilet and those who are inside want to get out while those who are out want to get in.