Humans have been sending greetings to each other for centuries, with the ancient Chinese and Egyptians sending messages to each other thousands of years ago. By the 13th century, Europeans began sending greetings for New Year’s and Valentine’s on woodcuts and paper. The tradition continued for hundreds of years, and took off in the 1800s with the invention of the printing press and the postage stamp.
The most popular Everyday card-sending occasion by far is Birthday, followed by a number of secondary occasions that include Sympathy, Thank You, Wedding, Thinking of You, Get Well, New Baby and Congratulations.
On Valentine’s Day, nearly 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S.