Saturday, January 10, 2009

My Valentine's Day Tradition

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.
Other cities providing special postage include:
    • 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.


Kristi said...

what a very cool idea.

btw - i know all about kissimme. my grandparents lived there. it's where my dad grew up.

my grandpa used to say, "we call it kissimme in the morning, and kiss a me in the evenin'."

Anonymous said...

I like the use of the word "Titalating" in this blog. :) Kel

Dionne Sincire said...

it would be cool living in a city called kissimme... there would be puns for days. you could pretend to be irish, and when someone starts to get on your nerve you can tell him to kissimme ars

I know, it sounds so titillating!!!! ;)

Elaine said...

wow! I like it. I didn't know you were so titalating.

Elaine said...

wow! I like it. I didn't know you were so titalating.

Elaine said...

wow! I like it. I didn't know you were so titalating.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dionne:
Keen minds think a like. I used to do this stuff to my own beloved..years & years ago. I sent cards to Loveland Co. to be postmarked and sent back. He never looked at the postmark. Keep up the good work woman!!


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