Valentines Greetings / January 6, 2019 / Imelda Chang
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.
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.
These are animated to music such as "Trumpeter Swans" in which haunting flute music plays while cherry blossom petals waft across a mountain lake where two swans glide toward each other their necks forming a heart reflected in the still waters. "Peony" featuring a beautiful flower that blossoms and then becomes part of the pattern on a lovely Japanese womans kimono as she stands beside a tranquil lake scene; and "Love Dance" depicting the courtship of two Japanese red-crowned cranes an elegant natural ballet of timeless devotion. Valentines Day a special day for couples in all stages of their relationships is also a day for school children to express their friendships through Valentines Day cards and projects.