Why Valentine’s Day Cards are the New Christmas Cards

You blew it on your holiday cards. It’s ok.

*We’ve partnered with Minted.com to help you start new Valentine’s Day traditions for you and your family.

The year I had my first baby, I totally blew it on the holiday cards. I meant to send them, I really did, but I was tired and overwhelmed, and there just wasn’t enough time in the day. Or month. Or holiday season.

And yet, everyone else seemed to find the time. As we inched towards Christmas, the holiday cards started pouring in from our friends, relatives, colleagues, cat sitter. We got a beautiful card from family neither me nor my husband knew. But I just couldn’t get it together. There was holiday shopping to do! Holiday travel to plan! Holiday parties to hop! If only I had one more month to do my holiday cards, I swore I could get them done!

But wait, there was one more month…until Valentine’s Day. It was right on the other side of quiet, boring, catch-up-on-everything January. And so, I ditched the Christmas cards and started a new trend for my family: Valentine’s Day cards. You can too.

Read on for 5 reasons Valentine’s Day cards are the new Christmas cards, then check out Well Rounded’s own Valentine’s Day greetings below!

1. You missed your window for Christmas greetings. I can’t be the only one whose baby rocked her world, leaving a to-do list that was just too long, well, to-do. But just because you don’t have time to send holiday cards, that doesn’t mean your 200 closest friends and family don’t want to see your adorable new baby or growing kiddos. Extend your December 25 deadline by another month and a half, and aim for Valentine’s Day greetings instead.

2. You don’t want to be another photo on your BFF’s crowded fridge. Have you ever gotten a Christmas card that was sooooo cute, but just didn’t fit in between all the other Christmas cards jockeying for space on your fridge? Don’t be that card! That card ends up in the trash! After all that hard work! The trash! On the other hand, your Valentine’s Day card will get a starring role in all your friends’ and family’s homes, since well, now that they threw away all those Christmas cards, their empty fridges could use a little decor.

3. Now that you’re a mom, love has taken on a whole new meaning. No disrespect to the December holidays, but Valentine’s Day is inherently a celebration of love. We’re talking heart-bursting, unconditional love…which is pretty much motherhood in a nutshell. So by that reasoning, Valentine’s Day is kind of like a celebration of motherhood. Which means that now that you’re a mom, it would actually be an unacceptable NOT to send Valentine’s Day cards. Right?

4. The Valentine’s Day card options are way more impressive than they used to be. At the risk of sounding like my Grandma here…when I first started sending Valentine’s Day cards, there were only, like, 4.5 options to choose from. Now, there’s almost as many Valentine’s Day cards as there are holiday cards! And instead of having to stick to your religious “search filter,” or aim for a non-denominational card (btw, that snowman’s red & green scarf is NOT neutral), you’ve got the entire Valentine’s Day range to choose from. Now that’s love.

5. New year, new family, new traditions. You’re a mom now, so go ahead, make your own rules and start your own family traditions. Set aside time for an annual family photo shoot for your Valentine’s Day cards, plan a big family envelope “stamping session,” or let your kiddos hand-deliver some of your local Valentine’s Day cards and spread the love in person. The memories will last a lifetime. And so will the cards you’ve made.

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*This post was sponsored by Minted.com. Share the love with Minted’s new heart-shaped Valentine’s Day Photo Cards and don’t fret about extra postage with their large rectangle envelopes. Enjoy matching stamps and FREE recipient addressing, coordinating envelope designs. Available foil-pressed and with new! glitter foil.

Jessica Pallay

Jessica Pallay

JESSICA PALLAY is Co-Founder and Editor of Well Rounded NY. She is a Brooklyn mama to Libby and Elsie, and writes about all things pregnancy and new motherhood.

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