Cards are just one way to keep in touch as well as to express emotions such as love, congratulations, condolences and gratitude. Although we live in a world run by digital communication, a card sent through postal mail can mean a lot to both the sender and the recipient. They can even mean more than an email, an e-card or even a phone call sometimes. Nowadays there is a card for just about every special occasion, celebrated holiday, and general sentiment out there. Everybody has a different reason for sending cards. Perhaps it's someone's birthday. Maybe you want someone to know how much you love and appreciate them but are too shy to tell them face-to-face. Maybe you know that receiving snail mail with something as simple as a "hello" will brighten a friend's day. Or maybe there's a young child that would feel like the king of the world if they received an envelope addressed specifically to them in the mailbox one day.
Do people still send greeting cards these days, or do they even still want to receive them? The answer is a resounding yes! In this digital day and age, the value of physical items has increased. You might think people have stopped sending greeting cards because A, it has become too cumbersome to go out, buy a card, buy a stamp, write a message in it and then go to have to post it yourself, and B, awesome designs are hard to come by (Archies and Hallmark have become a bit dated).
In the age of the Internet and virtual greeting cards, people still love receiving greeting cards. The majority of people still prefer to get an old fashion greeting card versus an email card. Getting a personal greeting card always feels more personal than something you receive over the Internet. It has a more emotional touch. Real cards can stay with the receiver for days, weeks or years. Virtual worlds, social media sites, blogs and websites can’t replace real human connections and relationships.
The custom of sending greeting cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese, who exchanged messages of goodwill to celebrate the New Year, and to the early Egyptians, who conveyed their greetings on papyrus scrolls. By the early 15th century, handmade paper greeting cards were being exchanged in Europe.
Another great thing about sending out cards - particularly holiday cards which usually only happens once a year - is to stay connected with those that you don't get to see that often. Perhaps loved ones or extended family that live far away, or that cousin of yours that you haven't seen in a long time. Sure, you may "see" them or chat once in awhile on Facebook or Instagram, but a short, handwritten note in a card can be so much warmer and even more special.
Here are some special occasions that you may want to send a card for: Anniversay, Birthday, Engagement, Graduation, New Baby, New Home, Retirement, Wedding, Christmas, Easter, Father's Day, Halloween, Mother's Day, New Year's, St. Patrick's Day, Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving, for an apology, a get well soon, a "miss you", for sympathy, a thank you, and actually pretty much any occasion at all can be enhanced by a lovely greeting card!