Greeting cards became common in the 1850’s however, their roots go way back to the ancient Chinese. They would swap messages of goodwill to celebrate the New Year. The early Egyptians did similar, conveying their greetings on papyrus scrolls. By the early 15th century, handmade paper greeting cards were being exchanged in Europe. The Germans are known to have printed New Year’s greetings from woodcuts as early as 1400. Valentines were being exchanged in various parts of Europe in the early to mid-15th century. The oldest Valentine in existence can be found in the British museum. Read more about the history of greeting cards at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greeting_card
- Birthdays. Some of us try to forget another year has passed, however, for many it is an exciting time to celebrate. Receiving a card from those we care about is a great thrill and helps us feel connected to our community.
- Weddings. It is traditional to send greeting cards to congratulate your friends on an engagement and then again with a gift at their wedding. Greeting cards sent on special occasions such as weddings are often kept for many years and reflected on throughout the decades.
- Deaths. There is no other time in a person’s life where the connection of loved ones is needed more. The act of sending a card with a special message at this time helps the grieving person feel connected with their family and wider community.
- Christmas. The period in which the postman is run off his feet. All manner of people and organisations send greeting cards far and wide. Friends, family, suppliers, customers and many other stakeholders are included in this tradition. Offices and homes are adorned with the colourful message-filled cards.
- Valentines. As mentioned above one of the earliest forms of greeting card. This tradition has become global and beware the partner that forgets to send their someone special a message of love in a carefully selected card.
- Get well. When a person is feeling poorly and isolated due to illness or injury, receiving a special message of encouragement and love can make all the difference. A funny or humorous card can bring along a laugh too.
- Good Luck. The world is full of challenges, school tests, job interviews, sporting competitions and many more. The right greeting card with a well worded message of support can assist the receiver to go the extra distance in achieving that goal.
- Anniversary. Celebrating the passing of an anniversary can be acknowledged and shared with a thoughtful message in a greeting card.
- Baby. The happy couple often needs plenty of space and time while getting to know the new arrival. Your love and best wishes can make their way into that wonderful space with the perfect greeting card and your loving message.
- Just to say hello to a friend. With a planet filling up with time poor people and electronic communications, taking the time to send a real ‘tangible’ greeting card is still very relevant and can trigger a wonderful warmth.
Getting a visit from the postman and tearing open an envelope is still an exciting thing to do. Don’t forget to stay connected to your people in a real way.
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