Okay, it's a little early to be blogging about Valentine's Day, but I wanted to share a Valentine's Day tradition that you might actually love. I published this post early, because pulling it off will take some planning ahead and lots of preparation. Wouldn't it be great if you could send your special someone a greeting card that bears a postmark from Kissimmee, Florida?
This city is one of many having a special name, and whose postmark can add a touch of charm and romance to your Valentine's Day mail. Some postmarks even say, "I love you". How cute is that!
Here's what you do:
Send your addressed and stamped gift (or greeting card) in a separate stamped envelope to the Postmaster in the city of your choice (an envelope within an envelope if you will).
Include a note requesting the special cancelation. The postal worker will open the outer envelope, remove the contents containing the pre-addressed and stamped Valentine's Day gift (or greeting card), stamp it with the special cancelation, and then send it on its way. This is a free service.
Just make sure you adhere the correct postage.
- Lovely, KY 41231
- Lovejoy, GA 30250
- Lovejoy, IL 62059
- Loveville, MD 20656
- Loving, NM 88256
- Loving, TX 76062
- Lovelock, NV 89419
- Loveland, OH 45140
- Lovelands, OK 73553
- Valentines, VA 23887
- Valentine, NE 69201
- Valentine, TX 79854
- Romance, AR 72136
- Bliss, NY 14824
I like to send my Valentine's gifts at least 3 weeks in advance to be sure that they arrive on time. I send 3 to 4 gifts, which arrive in succession beginning somewhere around the 10th, and I usually leave a postscript from, "Your Secret Admirer". Included with each package is some sort of riddle that hints at the contents in the next parcel. The fun culminates with a final envelope on Valentine's Day, and a big reveal of the true sender.
One year, the theme was What You'll Wear and each package had an article of clothing that I wanted Teddy to wear for our Valentine's Day evening (did I hear somebody say butt naked with a smile). When the gifts arrive, I like to play coy pretending that I am clueless.
At the onset of this tradition, BC (before children), Teddy was flattered by the gesture. He was especially titillated at the idea of having a secret admirer--even more than he cares to admit.
So, if you're looking for something different that will likely add some flare to your Valentine's Day greeting this year, consider adding a special touch with romantic postmarks for sweethearts.