Valentines Greetings / January 6, 2019 / Imelda Chang
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.
And one of the biggest impressions any lover could possibly make this year may be one of the simplest: sending an animated e-card. Of course therell by countless deliveries of flowers chocolates and other gifts as February 14 approaches. Then there are the estimated 190 million paper-and-ink Valentines cards exchanged each year in the U.S. alone according to the Greeting Card Association. But printed cards no matter how beautiful and lavish tend to be categorized these days as ordinary and expected. To deliver an undeniably unique Valentine greeting a favorite choice among tech-savvy consumers worldwide is to send an artistic animated Valentine ecard. The options available at websites specializing in this category seem as delightfully varied and variable as what you might find in the greeting cards aisle of your local drugstore or stationers.
Of all of the gifts and love notes exchanged on Valentines Day the most popular item is candy and for good reason. 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.