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While most holidays are geared toward amateur celebrations, there’s one that’s clearly much more professional: Administrative Professionals’ Day! The holiday celebrates everyone in the workplace who contributes to the general administration of office tasks, and conducts themself professionally. It is scheduled every year to fall on the Wednesday of the last full week of April, a formula whose calculation is complicated enough to occasionally require the help of an administrative professional. This scheduling exists to allow each Administrative Professionals’ Day to happen during the work week, though scheduling it two days earlier would have also helped to alleviate various cases of “the Mondays”. With a long and rich tradition of office merriment and thoroughly justified recognition of hard working staff members, Administrative Professionals’ Day is a holiday for every professional to administer some good times.
Administrative Professionals’ Day traces back to 1952; it was originally founded as “Secretaries’ Day”, which also included an entire Secretaries’ Week happening simultaneously. Initially it was held in June but three years later the date was moved up to April and the surrounding Secretaries’ Week was dropped. In 2000, the decision was made to change the title to “Administrative Professionals’ Day to encompass a broader range of job descriptions, and because “Secretaries’ Day” was a little too evocative of the Mad Men era. Today the holiday is observed around the world and is administered, as it were, by the aptly named International Association of Administrative Professionals. The day is typically celebrated with light-hearted or funny cards and small gifts; among the most popular are coffee mugs inscribed with cheesy sayings like “World’s Greatest Administrative Professional.”
Celebrated around the world, Nurses Day is a time to recognize the long nights, double and tripple shifts, and difficult patients. It's easy to send a simple card for the nurses in your life. Browse our collection of Nurses Day cards and find the perfect way to say thanks.
The mother of all holidays, Mother's Day is a time for all of us to appreciate the most
important person in our lives. Mother's Day comes every second Sunday of May, as
the flowers begin to bloom again and the animals of the forest come out of hibernation.
During this season, we take time to remember our mothers, who incidentally tend to like
flowers and cuddly animals. And although we may not always appreciate their phone
calls or their opinions on who we date, Mother's Day is the perfect time to thank our
moms for all the good things they've done for us, and remind them that we really did turn
out better after eating our veggies.
How did Mother’s Day come to be? As it turns our, Mother’s Day has its own mother:
Anna Jarvis, who founded the campaign for a national day honoring mothers in 1908.
Jarvis propelled the idea forward with her unwavering determination, writing letters
to state governments and enlisting allies such as Philadelphia businessman John
Wanamaker. In 1914, Mother’s Day was officially designated as a national holiday by
President Woodrow Wilson, perhaps hoping to appease his own mother in case she
disapproved of his foreign policy. Since then, Mother’s Day has become a tradition
which is as American as, well, mom and apple pie. Mother’s Day is also the busiest day
of the year for long distance phone calls, perhaps proving that mothers are still easier to
talk to than fathers.
It’s a holiday at the end of May that is absolutely unforgettable: Memorial Day, a day
whose solemn objective of remembrance is made more joyous by the thoughts of the
summer barbecues and pool parties soon to follow. Scheduled to occur the last Monday
of every May, it has traditionally been a celebration in honor of all soldiers who have
fallen in the line of duty. But owing to its position on the cusp of vacation season, it is
also a time for many to make use of their time off by holding get-togethers, and staying
in touch with their friends and family with a Memorial Day greeting, poem or greeting card. That
way, Memorial Day can truly be memorable.
The history of Memorial Day dates back to the end of the Civil War. Adopted by
individual states originally as “Decoration Day”, the title eventually evolved into
Memorial Day in the early 20th century, though it remains a holiday with decorative flair.
Many events are arranged to honor fallen service members; 3 P.M. local time across the
country is recognized as the official moment of remembrance, and events are held at
military cemeteries throughout the country. Another event held in honor of Memorial
Day is the Indianapolis 500, a form of observance that would at first seem a bit of a non
sequitur until you consider that tearing down a piece of asphalt in an overpowered vehicle
has become thoroughly enshrined as a part of classic Americana. But while you’re out
firing up the grill and watching the events of the big race unfold, take a moment to of
friends and family, and perhaps send them a warm Memorial Day message or greeting –
it doesn’t even have to be NASCAR themed.
Planet Earth: where would we be without it? Most likely floating around in space, constantly being bumped by asteroids and space monsters, light years away from the nearest internet connection. That won’t do! In recognition of our beautiful blue and green planet’s noble task, why not take some time out to celebrate Earth Day? And while you’re at it, spend just a little time making sure it stays green: Earth Day’s April 22 celebration includes events and gatherings dedicated to preserving the planet and helping to organize for the environment. Because without a good environment, Earth is just a big asteroid with more earthquakes.
Relatively new on the national and international holiday scene, Earth Day traces its roots back to US Sen. Gaylord Nelson, who first got the idea in 1962, but was spurred to take action in 1969 after witnessing a terrible oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA. The first earth day focused on college demonstrations; April 22 was chosen so as not to coincide with students’ breaks or finals, and to give them adequate time to calm down from two days earlier. Earth Day was first observed in 1970, but originally intended only to be a one-time event. The day was then picked up again in 1990, and by 1995 had been organized into a yearly holiday that extended to countries covering all parts of, well, the Earth. Today, every Earth Day is a chance to join up with environmentally friendly folk, and perhaps send a greeting to any tree-hugging friends or relatives you might have. If you send a card, you can be sure they’ll keep it, or at least recycle the paper.
All of Card Gnome's cards are created using wind power, and we only print with organic ink and recycled paper. Feel good about sending someone one of our cards on Earth Day!
Hold on to your sombreros, Cinco de Mayo is here! It’s everyone’s favorite Mexican-
American (well, mostly American) holiday for Latinos and gringos alike. Cinco de Mayo
is the perfect time to throw a fiesta, take a baseball bat to a piñata, throw some meat
on the asada, and since this is an American holiday too, drink an enjoyable yet prudent
amount of cerveza. And even though historically our two countries haven’t always gotten
along, it’s a good opportunity to study up of the history and culture of our southern
neighbor. Of course, Cinco de Mayo is also a good time to think of your amigos by
sending them a greeting or perhaps going out for a burrito.
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the defeat of the French army in Mexico in 1862 on (you
guessed it) May 5. Irate at the prospect of being forced to eat croissants and wear berets
all the time, Mexicans in the city of Puebla took up arms against the French invaders,
and won a decisive victory. Despite ultimately succumbing to French rule, the Mexican
victory diverted their resources and ensured that their stay would be short. This victory
was important for the United States as well since it kept the French from taking a side in
the Civil war; as difficult is it is to imagine, the haut couture French were on the verge of
supporting the decisively not haut couture Confederacy. Today, the holiday is not widely
celebrated in Mexico outside of Puebla, but is a huge deal throughout the United States.
It is very common to meet with family or organize parties, many of which feature recipes
unique to Cinco de Mayo. For relatives who don’t live nearby, many people choose to
send a card with Cinco de Mayo-themed images or a gift; Cinco de Mayo But the day is
enjoyable even for people with no family nearby, because after all, they could be eating
quiche instead of quesadillas.
Flag Day was officially established in 1916 by Woodrow Wilson--it acknowledges the day (in 1777) that the U.S. adopted its national flag. Parades are held every year to commemorate this patriotic holiday.