by - February 13, 2014

Lets face it, every holiday is part of a master plan made by the greeting card industry. If you think that those pre-made statements on cards are a good representation of those feelings you couldn't write down yourself, than I'm sorry to say that you're wrong. You are perfectly capable of writing those Happy Birthday/Merry Christmas/Happy New Year/Happy Valentines Day messages yourself. However by writing it down for you they have absolute control in what message gets to be spread at what time of the year. Hereby naturally ignoring the fact that someone could be born on any day of the year, which isn't something the greeting card industry can supervise... BUT THEY CAN!

Why is it that it's inappropriate to give someone a Valentines card at any other time of the year accept Valentines Day? Shouldn't we spread the love all year long? You know like, all you need is love and love is all you need. It's easy. But then, where are the Valentines cards on Christmas day? On New Years eve? On my Birthday? And even on Valentines Day I've never received a Valentines card... but that might be because underneath all this extravaganza I'm a bitter old lady with cats (or dogs for your liking). You see! You see! It's a conspiracy!

So why not mix the lot up?! Get back the Christmas tree, some firework and a birthday cake in the shape of a heart and you're ready to rock 'n' roll. Give eachother a card of your liking (because now we're really going to mess with the minds of those corporations) and cross the pre-written words and write your own Happy Birthday wishes on that Christmas card. At first it might feel wrong. The words don't come as easily and you feel like keeping the manufactored sentiment... take a deep breath, these are just withdrawal symptoms. I believe in you! You can do it! Cross those words and turn that Birthday card into a lovely Valentines message. 

And of course I realize that all holidays are fundamentally based upon love, but they made a seperate card for whatever it is that we're celebrating. And naturally I enjoy receiving cards... it's just a matter of spreading an idea. An overall feeling that we all ought to venture on the same day, year in year out, with words that aren't ours but made up in some big boring office building by a 35 year old bolding guy who has given up love after his second marriage and must try his hardest to think of ways to make the concept of his message simple, easy and applicable to a wide and diverse audience through the media of an -old fashioned- postcard. Oh, how romantic! Happy Bristmas New Valmas Day! May there be loads of smoochie smoochie time under the mistletoe...


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