All throughout this pandemic greeting cards have more than proved their worth in being there for people helping them through the day to day strains as well as life events.
In what was a major triumph as to just what a strong symbol of relationship bonding greeting cards really are was the widespread coverage of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh marking their 73rd wedding anniversary with the focus of the official photograph being a handmade card that was made by their great-grandchildren, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s three offspring.
The photograph was seen by millions, gracing the front pages of national newspapers and being featured on news channels galore.
‘For families separated by lockdown, it’s the little things that make such a difference’ was how the Daily Mail’s Royal editor Rebecca English began her article in the newspaper highlighting the poignancy of receiving a handmade card or gift.
Meanwhile, the Mail On Sunday gave another boost for the importance of greeting cards recently too.
In her Notebook column in the popular Sunday newspaper, Alexandra Shulman gave a big thumbs-up for Christmas card sending recently. With the headline of ‘A Proper Christmas Is Finally On The Cards’ , the former editor of Vogue prophesised: ‘A bumper year for Christmas cards. Proper ones too, none of your digital nonsense. What else have we got to do but sit down and write to all those people we’ve been unable to see for months?
Sending a card is a small gesture but I reckon everyone will be particularly pleased to know they’ve been in your thoughts when they open that envelope. ’
Christmas card wish for lonely couple
A plea made for Christmas cards to be sent for her sister and brother-in-law who have been self-isolating since February, has touched the hearts of millions all over the world. While people and companies have come forward with generous gifts, it is greeting cards that they say mean the most.
Lindi Newman took to Facebook to launch the Christmas card wish for her sister Maryanne and husband Tommy Pilling and it just went viral.
Here is the post in its entirety…
‘Anyone who knows me knows I have two very special people in my life – my sister and brother in law. They both have down syndrome and have been married for 25 years, together for 30. They are thought to be the longest married couple both with DS in the world and the first in the UK.
Tommy sadly has Alzheimer’s disease and they have both had to self isolate together since February so this has had a terrible impact on Tommy and he has declined dramatically.
Anyway, the reason for this post is to ask if anyone would like to send them a Christmas card to make them smile? I have set up a P.O box for them to receive cards from their followers on Facebook but I thought I would ask here.
They are so lonely and have had their favourite activities taken away (going out to play golf, the gym, manicures, farms, the zoo, bowling, cinema etc). They cannot mix with family (apart from me and they are fed up with me now 😂)
Receiving cards makes them so, so happy!
Maryanne and Tommy
P.O Box 6143
Southend on Sea