Christmas Card Day
Sir Henry Cole, a civil servant, created the first commercial Christmas card in England in 1843. He was responsible for the original idea of sending greetings written into the cards that we now use to spread the joy of the season.
Christmas Card Day is about remembering the creators of this kind of greeting card. Some people love buying Christmas cards for their family and friends, and then writing personal messages inside. Others can’t recall when they last sent a Christmas card to anyone. It doesn’t matter which category you fall under, it is always nice to send Christmas cards to people and wish them all the best for the coming year. Why not send Christmas cards this year if you don’t normally do so?
Christmas Card Day is dedicated to its inventor on December 9th. The first commercial Christmas card featured a family toasting, and the designs that showed flowers or the promise of spring in the next year were popular. In 1874, Prang and Mayer, a Lithograph company, began selling whimsical Christmas cards that often featured children or animals. Prang and Mayer had produced five million cards per year by 1880.
There are so many Christmas cards in different sizes and designs that they have become collector’s pieces. Some have even been known to sell for a lot at auction. Cole commissioned J. C. Horsley to make one of the first cards in the world. The hammer fell at PS22.250 in 2001. Another Horsley card sold for nearly PS9000 in 2005. If you’d like to see a large collection of these highly sought-after cards, you can visit the British Museum to view Queen Mary’s early 1900s collection.
Today, you can find hundreds of thousands of seasonal cards in hundreds of different designs. You’ll find the most common messages inside Christmas cards are “seasons greetings” and “merry Christmas, and happy new year”. However, many Christmas cards also include a short verse from the Bible or a blessing.
It’s great to make your own cards to send out if you have the time. Grab some glitter and glue and make your own cards. It will be appreciated by the recipients. If you have children, encourage them to make cards for their friends.
You will find plenty of inspiration online for making your Christmas cards. If you’re having trouble finding ideas, take a look at Pinterest and Instagram!
There are many websites that allow you to upload photos or personalize cards. You can also make your own card online. Although you can’t actually make the card yourself, you can still personalize it with photos and upload them to websites.
It’s now easier than ever for friends and families to send Christmas greetings to each other via e-mail. E-cards were created in the 90s and are often used to replace physical cards. However, nothing can beat the real thing so now may be the best time to send Christmas cards to family and friends to ensure they reach their loved ones before the 23rd of December.
If you keep all your Christmas cards, this date could be used to go through them all and review the various messages you have received over the years.
This day can be spent learning about Christmas traditions. Giving Christmas cards is only one tradition associated with the holiday. Many people decorate their front doors with Christmas wreaths in December. The history of the wreath goes back to the Persian Empire. This was a type of garland or wreath known as a “diadem” and was worn around the head.
Later versions of laurel leaf wreaths were used to honour and crown winners at the Olympic Games in Ancient Greece. These two instances predate Christ’s birth and bear little resemblance with Christmas wreaths of today. The link to the Olympics could be due to the fact that the first games were played in different cities and the prizes for the winners were made from local branches.
People would also hang wreaths on their walls or doors after the games as a kind of memento. Stories from Sweden provide a more direct connection between the Christmas wreaths of today and historical circular decorations. To commemorate St. Lucia’s Day, these young girls wore a crown made of lights during Advent.
The crown is a wreath with candles that consists of a wreath. It commemorates a young Christian martyr who gave her dowry for the poor. It is fascinating to explore different Christmas traditions and find out more about their history and origins.
Even if you don‚Äôt celebrate Christmas, send some happy cards to celebrate the arrival of the new year.