Valentines Greetings / January 5, 2019 / Lauri Cooke
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.
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.
When it comes to artistry and uniqueness in animated electronic ecards however nothing may compare with the creations that Scandinavian-born artist and designer Frederikke Tu offers at Ojolie. The Valentine ecards currently available on the website to which Tu adds more designs every month include such tasteful undeniably classy often exquisitely beautiful and moving images. 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.