Valentines Greetings / January 6, 2019 / Shawn Mcgee
Each year on the same day in mid February (the 14th) candy is given to loved ones as a symbol of our love and commitment. There are thousands of candymakers across the country that hit high gear in the early weeks of the year to meet the incredible demands of candy lovers. Shops and stores offer big red hearts filled with a variety of sugar filled delicacies nuts and sweets nesting in tiny little organdy bags or just plain old candy bars; it doesnt matter as it is given with love. Thats right the holiday is all about love. It is the lovers holiday. This is the time of year for sweethearts to enthrall their honeys with words of devotion and gifts of sweets. The supplies of goodies are unlimited and the candies nestled in elaborate beribboned boxes are like gold. For some reason perhaps the value of the cocoa and chocolate products in previous centuries made the gift of candy a real prize. So when a young suitor showed up to his girls house with candy under his arm the object of his affections knew she was highly prized.
That may explain why more and more people are flocking to boutique-style artistic ecard sites such as JacquieLawson.com and Ojolie.com to send animated ecards for important occasions like Valentines Day. English illustrator Jacquie Lawson first won a following back around the turn of the millennium for an animated Christmas card she sent out to friends which got passed around and transformed her almost overnight into a phenomenon. Visitors worldwide pay annual subscriptions to her site especially for ecards featuring her beloved chocolate Labrador-Springer spaniel mix Chudleigh. He stars in such Valentine offerings as "Special Delivery" in which the pooch watches with growing despondence as a bird pulls from a mailbox a flurry of cards none of them for him until another loving dog arrives carrying a personal Valentine card.
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.