electronic greeting cards

  • Top 7 Things You Probably Don't Know about Holiday Cards

    Today, it is very common to send and receive Christmas cards.  It is one of the most cherished Christmas tradition that helps us keep in contact with friends and family, while also making them feel important to us.  MerryStockings.com have compiled some interesting facts about Christmas cards.  Here are the top 7 things you probably do not know about Christmas cards.

    1. Christmas cards are the highest selling seasonal cards, cornering 60% of that market.  Among all cards, Christmas cards sell as high as birthday cards.  This is rather astonishing and shows that the Christmas card market is a lucrative one, considering that:

    • Americans buy around 7 billion greeting cards per year
    • The greeting cards sector is a $7.5 billion industry, and
    • More than 9 out of 10 households buy greeting cards.  The average household buy around 30 cards yearly.

    Also, take into consideration that greeting cards can cost from 50 cents to around $10!

    2. The average individual gets more than 20 cards per year.  One third of these are birthday cards and another third are Christmas cards!

    3. Ninety percent of Americans love getting cards and letters, because it makes them feel special and remembered, while also allowing them to keep in touch.

    4. Henry Cole commissioned the first-ever commercial Christmas greeting card in 1843.  The card was designed by John Horsley.

    5. Americans had to import Christmas cards from England for the first thirty years.

    6. Louis Prang, a German immigrant in the United States, published the first U.S. Christmas cards in 1875.  His business became so successful that he was creating 5 million cards a year by 1881!

    7. Hallmark says that more than 1.8 billion Christmas cards are sent out every year, including personalized Christmas cards.  This is more than 10 times more than the 152 million cards sent on Valentine's Day and 141 million cards sent on Mother's Day.

  • Why Electronic Greeting Cards Are a No-no

    With the advent of the Internet, it is now possible to send electronic cards to friends and family.  Indeed, with just a few steps that would only take minutes, you could already send out a holiday greeting.  You could also "personalize" it with a graphic of your choice, a personal note, even attach pictures or have it play a sound file (usually a midi version of a popular Christmas tune).

    Using your recipient's e-mail address, your Christmas greeting card is received in a matter of seconds.  Your recipient can click on the link on the e-mail he or she received to view your card.  He or she can then send you his or her own electronic greeting, as well as his or her other friends.

    Admittedly, the convenience of sending electronic greeting cards is a benefit that most of us cannot turn down.  What is more, it costs next to nothing to send one, with a lot of sites offering free e-cards for you to choose from.  But is it worth it?  MerryStockings.com thinks it is not!  And here are the reasons why:

    1. It is very impersonal.  True you could personalize an electronic greeting card, but nothing beats getting one in the mail and reading handwritten notes from friends and family.  Also, there are some senders who for the lack of time or originality tend to just send the same note to everybody.

    2. It is not safe.  In this age of online hacking, phishing and identity theft attacks, opening a link on an e-mail is a no-no.  Even if the sender of the e-mail is a trusted friend, there is a chance that the link would take you to a Web site that could start sending you packets of data that could compromise your computer, download malware and spyware to it, and otherwise make you vulnerable for hacking and phishing.

    3. Most recipients do not open it or it gets caught by spam filters.  Because of the threat described above, a lot of people do not open greeting cards that are sent electronically.  Some ignore it because of the sheer volume of e-cards they receive.  While others miss out on it because it has been blocked by spam filters.

    This Christmas, know that you should keep touch with your friends and family even if they are far away from you.  The best way to do this is to send them a Christmas card.  Possibly, you could include pictures to update them how your family is like now.  Another alternative is to send the personalized holiday cards that would help decrease the cost of having to develop several copies of your photos.   With the right note, you can easily warm their hearts and make them feel treasured and cherished.

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