keep spreading joy!

“I wish November, December would never end” sighed my twelve year old.  My little one was saddened by the fact that the festivities were over. There was a lot to celebrate in these two months- It typically started with the Halloween, then came my birthday, and then hers followed by Thanksgiving, Christmas and finally the New year. Well, I must admit I felt the same way!

Truly festivals and celebrations bring friends and family together. There is a sense of joy, camaraderie and happiness in the air that really brings cheer to everyone.

What could we do to keep the festivities going all year?

Here are my top 3 tips:

[1] Identify occasions to celebrate

You could actively identify occasions to celebrate in your communities – Birthdays, anniversaries, festivals, and trips together.  A close friend of mine has a large extended family.   Every year they make it a point to come together on birthdays, anniversaries and plan a trip during the holiday season. So far, they have been together on 18 trips. Of course this requires a lot of drive and enthusiasm, but what is important is using these occasions to connect with your loved ones. These occasions are also opportunities to feast together and a family that eats together stays together!

[2] Gift

Festivals bring the spirit of ‘giving’. While festivals, birthdays and anniversaries are times to gift something special, you can also gift in non-physical ways throughout the year. Gift others with your time and attention. Take out time to talk to friends and family or visit someone who needs you. You could send someone a thoughtful note or letter and enjoy their heartfelt response.

[3] Share your life

Modern times have provided us with wonderful technologies to stay connected. Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, Mobile phones, Skype, Google Talk… have all helped to bring the world closer.  Use these technologies to stay connected. Share what is happening in your life through your thoughts, photos, notes and greeting cards. Make others a part of your life and they will make you part of theirs.

My friend’s mother has this wonderful way of sending thoughtful and beautiful cards. When wishing us on our important occasions. She embeds our old photos which brings back old memories and adds a few lines perfectly apt for the occasion. No wonder we all wait to hear from her!

So in 2015, make it a point to seize the occasion. With Valentine just around the corner, you already have an opportunity. Use Got Free Cards and keep spreading joy!

Written by – Maneesha Pednekar

Significance of sending/receiving birthday ecards

“Who sends birthday ecards anymore?!” a friend asked me a few weeks ago as I sat browsing through ecards, meaning to select the perfect one for a relative’s birthday. I wondered if she was right and if birthday ecards were indeed becoming history.

As someone who received a bunch of birthday ecards in her inbox this past weekend, I can attest to the fact that ecards definitely have their place, even in this world of instant messaging and nearly free phone calls.  Sure, you receive text messages, voice mails and phone calls all wishing you a happy birthday, but, there’s something about a birthday ecard that just sets it apart, ensuring that both the sender and the birthday wish stay in your memory for a long time.

When you send birthday ecards, you show the recipient how much you value your bond, simply because:
*You take the time to visit an ecard website and select an appropriate birthday ecard.
* You spend a few minutes typing out a special message, even if it’s a short one.  You lend a personal touch just by adding a few of your own words.
* You take care to select other preferences such as personalized music, pictures or background options.

Besides, you have the option of scheduling your birthday ecards ahead of time so that you don’t forget or miss sending them out. This happens to be my favorite reason for sending birthday ecards, since I often do this a week or so in advance when I find some free time. This way, I don’t have to worry about forgetting someone’s birthday or missing them if they are out celebrating.

Of course, when you are the recipient of birthday ecards
, you enjoy several benefits.
* You can view the wishes your loved ones send you and respond to them at leisure.
* You appreciate the fact that they took the time and effort to choose a birthday ecard just for you on your special day and personalized it with their words and other options.
* You can revisit the ecard any time you want, and share it with others if you so choose.
* You can be pretty sure of receiving your birthday greetings no matter where you are. No chance of the mailman missing you because you’re out of town or moved without giving your friends your new address!

These little details, though seemingly insignificant, make birthday ecards relevant even when there are a million other ways to communicate and send birthday wishes.

What are your favorite reasons for sending birthday ecards? And what do you think is the best part of receiving them?

For me, it’s the fact that even though I had to go out of town on an unanticipated trip on my birthday this year and didn’t get to check my messages, I still didn’t miss a single birthday wish from my friends and family.  And I can tell you from experience – it’s a lovely feeling to come back to an inbox full of birthday ecards.


1. Birthday Ecards

2. Printable Birthday Cards