Monday, September 16th

Blended Families: 5 Things to Know

National Stepfamily Day falls on September 16 annually in the United States. This day celebrates blended families – a couple coming together with their children from previous relationships to form new bonds.  While everyone may have the best intentions, the beginning may be a little rocky. Here are some expert tips to help ease the way.

Negotiate parenting styles before you say I do: Kids will take advantage of inconsistencies and become resentful if both parents aren’t playing from the same songbook. Figure out how all the children will be treated, what boundaries will be set, and stick to the agreement for a much smoother transition.

Keep your expectations reasonable: Take things easy with your partner’s children. Don’t expect them to love you immediately. Respect them and insist on being respected. Talk to them, not at them. Do fun things together, but also make yourself a part of their daily activities. Invest your time and be patient.

Don’t jump the gun: Children crave stability, safety, and security. Sudden alterations like their parent jumping straight into a new marriage with a new spouse and new siblings., can cause anxiety and/or behavioral problems Letting the two families get to know each other first before tying the knot gives the best chance of success.

Every child adjusts to a blended family at their own pace: Don’t get frustrated. Kids need to proceed toward acceptance at a speed they’re comfortable with. Adolescents may have more difficulty accepting a changed household than a toddler. Don’t push, but don’t walk away either. Continue to communicate and show your affection.

Show no favoritism: Giving one child preference over another in a blended family is a recipe for disaster.

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Tuesday, September 10th

International Chocolate Day

September 13 is International Chocolate Day, an unofficial holiday celebrating the world’s favorite confection: chocolate.

  • Americans consume 10-12 pounds of chocolate annually (hopefully not at the same time!)
  • Over half the world’s market in cocoa beans is imported into Europe (not surprising since the Swiss, for example, consume 21 pounds of chocolate a year!)
  • The health benefits of eating 1 ounce of dark chocolate daily include helping the body fight cancer, boosting brain activity, reducing the chance of developing blood clots, increased libido, and mood elevation (in other words, sweets make you sweeter!)
  • Hershey’s Kisses are named after the “smooching” sound made by the industrial machine that forms their unique shape (eating them point down or bottom up is a personal choice)

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Wednesday, September 4th

Women’s Friendship Month

September is Women’s Friendship Month in the United States, an unofficial holiday celebrating our close ties with the women in our lives, like BFFs, family members, fellow students, spouses, and co-workers.

“The greatest sweetener of human life is friendship.
To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.”
—Joseph Addison

Female friends…

  • Know how to communicate with you.
  • Provide support when you need it most and even when you don’t think you do.
  • Help you make decisions by talking things out and sharing their perspective.
  • Are always ready to hand out hugs, advice, and cocktails and/or tissues.

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Monday, August 26th

Pet Sympathy on National Dog Day

On August 26 every year, pet lovers in the United States celebrate National Dog Day, an unofficial observance honoring man’s best friend. According to the Humane Society, Americans own 78.2 million dogs and nearly half of all households have a dog.

Americans spend an estimated $50 billion a year on their pets—expenditures which include vet visits, food, toys, bedding, treats, necessities, and indulgences like Halloween costumes, hats, custom outfits, and grooming/salon visits.

Brand name companies are following the trend, offering high-end pet products. More hotels are pet friendly. Cutting edge technologies like owner/pet interaction apps and software, streaming TV for dogs and cats, and ID microchips grow increasingly common. Whether mutt or purebred, there’s no denying we love our dogs.

Dogs are a member of the family. When a beloved and cherished pet passes on, the loss is heart breaking. Pet Sympathy cards from Greeting Card Universe offer comfort to grieving owners with messages of sincere condolence, while Pet Remembrance cards give reassurance that the loss hasn’t been forgotten.

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Tuesday, August 20th

Senior Citizen’s Day

Today is National Senior Citizen’s Day, a US holiday proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. On this day, older persons are honored for their contributions and achievements.

People are living longer, healthier, more active lives thanks to modern medicine and a health conscious society. Retirement doesn’t mean the end—it’s just the beginning of a new phase. Getting older doesn’t mean becoming obsolete. These days, seniors continue to enjoy work, take on new challenges, travel, keep fit, and enjoy themselves.

If you know a senior citizen, take the time today to pay a visit. Do something special. Say thanks. Let them know how much you appreciate their knowledge and the wisdom gained from a lifetime of experience with a unique Thinking of You card from Greeting Card Universe. And a co-worker, friend, or family member on the verge of retiring will appreciate a personal Congratulations/Retirement card.

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Tuesday, July 23rd

Gorgeous Grandma Day

July 23 is Gorgeous Grandma Day!

In many families, grandmothers are the bridge between past and present, raising their sons and daughters, and spoiling their grandsons and granddaughters. They are the repository of the family’s history. Through their memories, relatives who were lost live on.

A gorgeous grandma smiles often, laughs oftener, and hands out more hugs than cookies. She’s gorgeous because she’s lived through many decades and wears her experience like a medal of honor. She has the wisdom to accept bittersweet moments, the spirit to withstand loss, and the heart to appreciate the sweetness life can offer. She loves and is loved.

GCU appreciates all gorgeous grandmothers. To get in touch and let your gorgeous grandma know how much you love her, we offer unique, beautiful Thinking of You Grandmother cards. Can’t wait for mail delivery? Order on-line and pick up your card free – usually in 1 hour of less – at participating Target and Bartell Drug stores.

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Sunday, June 2nd

National Cancer Survivors Day

June 2 is National Cancer Survivors Day in the United States.

Through developments in modern medicine, the odds of surviving cancer have risen, which is good news since each year, more than 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with a form of cance4r. Almost everyone knows someone – a family member, friend, co-worker, or acquaintance – who has undergone cancer treatment. On National Cancer Survivors Day and every day in between, we celebrate those who have fought the disease and are now cancer free.

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Sunday, April 7th

Double the Fun!

April is National Multiple Birth Awareness Month.

Each year in the United States, more than 132,000 sets of twins are born,  either fraternal or identical. In fact, the twin rate has risen 75%  in the last twenty years, which has been attributed to more frequent  use of fertility drugs and IVF treatment. The mother’s age may also be a factor – women older than 30 years are more likely to release multiple eggs in a cycle. Whatever the cause, multiple births aren’t as uncommon as they used to be.

Twins mean double the work, but also double the fun and double the joy. Greeting Card Universe celebrates newborn twins (or triplets or quadruplets) with Congratulations – New Baby/Twins Cards and Birth Announcements/Twins Cards in unique, colorful, traditional and modern designs. Look for additional Twin Sister and Twin Brother categories for birthdays and holidays too.

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Tuesday, March 12th

3.14159 Reasons to Celebrate Pi Day

Pi Day occurs annually on March 14, which also happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday. On this day, math geeks, mathletes, professors, teachers, students, and anyone interested in celebrating mathematics come together to eat pie and pizza (and have pie eating contests), play games, party, sing songs, and tell jokes and stories about pi – the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi Day showcases the humorous side of math, often with tongue-in-cheek word play. The celebration has become an international sensation.

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Monday, March 4th

Open Wide and Say Ahh for Doctors’ Day

National Doctors’ Day was proclaimed an official holiday by U.S. President George H.W. Bush in 1991 and is observed annually on March 30. Doctors’ Day honors all physicians who make a difference in the lives of their patients every day. The date of the observance – March 30 – is the date the first general anesthetic was used in surgery by Dr. Crawford Long, who removed a tumor from his patient’s neck.

The first unofficial Doctors’ Day celebration was held in 1933 in Windor, Georgia, and included both sending greeting cards and laying flowers – particularly red carnations – on the graves of deceased doctors.

In the United States alone, there are more than 700,000 physicians and surgeons. Each of them deserves recognition for their dedication to the health and well-being of their patients. Greeting Card Universe offers a unique collection of Doctors’ Day cards to help you celebrate this important occasion.

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