National Card Playing Day
The holidays are over, and it’s time for the new year. What are you supposed to do? You need to relax and play a few rounds on solitaire or get your family together for a game of Texas Hold’em or Slap Jack. National Card Playing Day offers a chance for everyone to relax from the holiday chaos by playing a few rounds of solitaire or getting together with the family to play Texas Hold’em, Slap Jack, or War. Okay, that corner thing has never made sense unless you are referring to a rectangular playing card. Which, thankfully, we are! They came in a whole bunch. However, the cards were not like the decks we love today. The cards were still in development, and artisan cardmakers still struggled to find the best deck layouts and designs. Their creations were centered around the original playing cups, sticks, and playing coins – the gaming apparatus of choice for a lot of the early middle-ages. Card playing developed as a discipline. It became something we all recognize by the middle of 15th century. It was printed by cardmakers in Augsburg, Nuremberg and Ulm between 1418 and 1450. This allowed people to buy cards from them for the first time. Cards were printed with many interesting symbols, such as hearts, bells and shields. Card makers in France introduced tiles, pikes and clovers. The traditional suits of clubs, spaders, and spades were created by card makers in France. They probably derived their designs from the French pikes and clovers. In 1628, playing cards reached the heights with the creation of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards. This organization was established by a royal Charter and represented all those involved in the industry. The organization was so important that the king was included! Card markers continued to improve their craft and make it more user-friendly. They began to round the edges of cards and add printed edges to indicate the type and value. The idea of playing cards was to hold a fan with their cards in one hand and view the current position using only one hand. Columbia University estimates that there are over 6,000 types of historical decks with origins from more than fifty countries. But there may be many more. Many of these decks use different deck systems than the basic cards, which include hearts, diamonds and clubs. This is why they are a popular choice for winter holidays. You can play cards, even though you didn’t have electricity or television. There are many games out there, and hundreds of them from every culture. Some games are specific to one region or culture (like Baccarat), while others can be found all over the globe and easily recognized (like poker). Some games still require the use of playing boards to keep track of points. If you really want to have a great National Card Playing Day experience, you might consider learning a new game or a different variation.