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History of Christmas: origin of the Christmas Card

Updated on December 5, 2011

History of the Christmas Card

Opening your mailbox in December can be alot of fun, but filling out the cards and mailing them can be hard. However, before 1843, one wrote letters to relatives and friends. Imagine writing a letter to 200 people. They didn't have printers to do numerous ones so you had to write them by hand. Thank goodness Sir Henry Cole had a better idea and hired John Calcott Horsely to illustrate his in London, England or we would all have been in trouble.2050 cards were produced and sold that year for a shilling each. "Official" Christmas cards were sent out by Queen Victoria in 1840 for the first time.

Louis Prang brought the idea to America in 1875. Christmas cards now come in all shapes and sizes and can be bought just about anywhere. Since the beginning many people have chosen to make their own Christmas card to add a more personal touch, but premade cards are easier and card companies now t produce over 1.5 billion a year. Of course, you can now send an e-card which is much easier than licking all those stamps, but it is still wonderful and exciting to open that mailbox to a stack of Christmas cards from your friends and family.


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    • Smokes Angel profile image

      Smokes Angel 6 years ago from Broke Alabama

      thanks for the comments

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      Card companies like Hallmark etc appreciate the idea too. I bet they make most of their money during the Christmas season.

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      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      Makes me thankful for the ones who don't have computers, I do still enjoy a real card. Voted up.