Just a few decades ago, sending Christmas cards through the mail was a holiday “must”. Sending cards through the mail continues to be very popular today.
The cost and time for writing and sending cards has caused many people to stop sending them, which is sort of shame if you think it about it.
When was the first commerical Christmas card sent?
Sir Henry Cole created the first commercial Christmas card on December 9th 1843.
Today would be great to send out your Christmas cards knowing how on December 9th celebrates Christmas card day, if you have started them yet.
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Who was Sir Henry Cole?
The custom of sending Christmas cards was started in the UK in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole. He was a civil servant (Government worker) who was very interested in the new ‘Public Post Office’ and wondered how it could be used more by ordinary people.
Sir Henry had the idea of Christmas Cards with his friend John Horsley, who was an artist. They designed the first card and sold them for 1 shilling each. (That is only 5p or 8 cents today), but in those days it was worth much much more.) The card had three panels.
The outer two panels showed people caring for the poor and in the center panel was a family having a large Christmas dinner! Some people didn’t like the card because it showed a child being given a glass of wine!
As printing methods improved, Christmas cards became much more popular and were produced in large numbers from about 1860. In 1870 the cost of sending a post card, and also Christmas cards, dropped to half a penny. This meant even more people were able to send cards.
The first cards usually had pictures of the Nativity scene on them. In late Victorian times, robins (an English bird) and snow-scenes became popular, but nowadays if you don’t have time to pick up some Christmas cards you can send them electronically through email.
One thing about Christmas cards it’s a time for you to send out a little love to someone special in your life.
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