card of happy birthday For over a hundred years, UK residents have sent each other birthday cards to celebrate their special day. First invented as
more of an apology card, in England, (as in this time people would traditionally meet up with the person on their birthday,
to personally wish them well, and a card was sent to apologise for not being able to), today we give cards even if we know we
will be seeing the recipient - just to make them feel special on their day.
The tradition of begging forgiveness on birthdays still carries on today - often we do find ourselves apologising while we
hand over a store-bought card, worried that we think they won't like it, it won't be suitable, or (heaven forbid) they
already have the exact same card from another well-wisher. This has become increasingly common, as chains of card shops and
supermarkets offer a limited range of often identical cards - meaning that it is very likely the card you find that is
'perfect' has often already caught the eye of another friend, who thinks it's perfect, too!
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