Have you ever wondered about the origin of Christmas Cards?
Christmas is the busiest season for the Post Office.
Lots of people use the postal service to send gifts and holiday greeting cards.
The mailing of Christmas letters originated in early 19th-century England. It was customary for British students to send progress reports to their parents as the Christmas season approached. The students wrote about their classes, the grades they were achieving and also sent accompanying artwork. Very often, as a reward for their academic achievements, the parents would send gifts or money to their children.
Today’s Christmas letters serve an entirely different purpose. Most individuals who write Christmas letters will choose specialty stationery, construct creative poems and stories or simply provide a chronological highlight of their family events from that year.
The custom of sending actual Christmas cards also began in 19th-century England. Sir Henry Cole and his friend John Horsley, an artist, designed the first Christmas cards and sold them for 1 shilling each. In the beginning, only the very rich could afford to purchase and send Christmas cards but by 1840, a much more economical option became available to the population at large. The early designs were primarily nativity scenes and snow scenes.
The mass-production of Christmas cards began in 1875 by Louis Prang. In 1915, John C. Hall and 2 of his brothers began a little company they called “Hallmark”. Hallmark remains one of the largest producers of greeting cards.
Today, the competitive greeting card industry offers lots of other options including these choice picks at Zazzle, a print on demand company located in Redwood City, California:
Some people venture into their local Walgreens, Wal-Mart and other big box stores with Christmas picture in hand eagerly waiting to choose from a variety of ready-made templates. The option of purchasing through these outlets is usually available online as well so that you can make this purchase from the convenience of your own home. This venue does have its limits but can be very cost-effective nonetheless.
Additionally, if you would like to print your own cards at home, you can find great designs in these Etsy shops:
As we have entered the information highway, another option for spreading holiday cheer is via email or online e-cards. This is an economical and unique way to let people know you are thinking of them but can be viewed as slightly less personal.
Whichever way you choose, let your loved ones know you care this holiday season by sending them a personal greeting.
About Lori at malibuitalian
My name is Lori and I am the designer and owner of CiaoBellaLtd.com. We offer a variety of personalized products for all occasions. We have Custom Designed Invitations, cupcake toppers, gift tags and Cartoon Art Illustrations just to mention a few!