Tea and Christmas Cards

Hi everyone!

I love to receive Christmas cards in the mail! Don’t you? It seems to be a slowly fading tradition. With the internet, so many are going the electronic route instead of actually sending via the post office. And I have to admit, my Christmas card mailing list has been reduced by almost 50% in the past 15 years. but, I still enjoy sitting down when I have some alone time and writing out Christmas greetings. And I always write some little thing in the card besides our names. Nothing real elaborate, just a little handwritten note.

Having a cup of tea is perfect for making out Christmas cards!

Christmas decor 2011 057 A Few fun thrifted finds!

Christmas decor 2011 078Christmas decor 2011 073Christmas decor 2011 072I bought this adorable 1989 Fitz and Floyd Santa teapot recently at a thrift store for $2.50. I love his face!

Christmas decor 2011 059Just a pretty red metallic glazed teacup and saucer.  Another thrift find for .99 cents.

Christmas decor 2011 075I just bought three of these glass candle holders at The Christmas Tree Shops. Each has a different metal piece attached to it, a snowman, a reindeer and candy canes. they were clearanced at .89 cents each.

Christmas decor 2011 064Christmas decor 2011 066   Christmas decor 2011 079  I thought I would share a little information regarding the tradition of Christmas cards with you today.

The sending of greeting cards at Christmas began in the Victorian era. Although wood engravers produced prints with religious themes in the European Middle Ages, the first commercial Christmas and New Year's card is believed to have been designed and printed in London, England in 1843.

The First Christmas card


This card, one of 18 cards produced 167 years ago and still known to exist, was auctioned by Sotheby's in 2010 and sold for $7000. This particular card was was sent to a "Miss Rusby" from an "H. Vernon", produced by Sir Henry Cole and published by Summerley’s Home Treasury Office, 12, Old Bond Street, London. [Image from Daily Mail]

Here are some early Christmas cards.


Christmas / New Years Greeting Card, c.1895-1905
This is a two-sided holiday greeting card decorated with red silk fringe. Front says: "Laden with Christmas Greetings". Back says: "With best wishes for a Happy New Year". 2-1/2"x4-1/2".


Christmas Greeting Card, Late 19th C.
A two-sided holiday greeting card is decorated with white silk fringe. Front says: "Happy may your Christmas be".  Back says: "May Christmas Peace keep Winter from thy heart". 2-1/2"x4".


Christmas / New Year Greeting Card, Late 19th C.
This two-sided holiday greeting card is decorated with blue silk fringe. Front says: "A Merry Christmas to You".  Back says: "A Happy New Year, Health and prosperity, Your life to cheer, With every blessing, For the bright New Year". 2-1/2"x4-1/2".


prang_christmas_card A Replica of a Louis Prang Christmas Card

Christmas Cards appeared in the United States of America in the late 1840s, but were very expensive and most people couldn't afford them. It 1875, Louis Prang, a printer who was originally from German but who had also worked on early cards in the UK, started mass producing cards so more people could afford to buy them. Mr Prang's first cards featured flowers, plants, and children. In 1915, John C. Hall and two of his brothers created Hallmark Cards, who are still one of the biggest card makers today! Source: Here

In the 1910s and 1920s, home made cards became popular. They were often unusual shapes and had things such as foil and ribbon on them. These were usually too delicate to send through the post and were given by hand

The "Fad" of the Christmas Card

The early Christmas card manufacturers believed Christmas cards to be a fad that would soon pass. They did not bother to document the cards they produced. However, the Christmas card was destined to become an integral part of the holiday season. By 1880 their manufacture was big business, creating previously unknown opportunities for artists, writers, printers, and engravers.

Source: Holiday Decorations.com

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  1. The red cup and saucer are gorgeous! And it was fun reading about Christmas cards! I sure love giving and receiving them! Hugs! ♥

  2. That was some fun history of Christmas cards. I love to send them and was pretty bad this year and didn't do notes but I hope everyone will know how much I care about them. Love your little tea pot and the red cup is too cute. Hugs, Linda

  3. LOVED this history about the Christmas card. I used to collect vintage Valentines. Your Fitz and Floyd Santa teapot is beautiful. I LOVE his expression too. GREAT finds. Take care.

  4. I so LOVE sending out Christmas cards...we have always sent out picture cards for the past 26 years and I really hope that it keeps going on, but I too have seen a big change in the last few years and it makes me very sad:( Hope y'all have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


  5. I'm still hoping to send some more cards this week. They are the last thing I need to do.

  6. Hello Diann,
    I just love your little red teacup! What a sweet cup for Christmas-time. I still send out cards and I still receive them although the list gets shorter every year, unfortunately.
    Thank you for joining me for Tea Time and helping to make my tea party a special occasion in blogland. Wishing you and your lovely family a Very Merry Christmas and I pray your New Year brings many blessings your way.

    Christmas wishes,

  7. Love the red cup and saucer! Having a cup of tea is a perfect way to get those cards all done! I really enjoyed the history of the Christmas card. Thank you for your research. Lovely post. Merry Christmas and Happy Tea Day!

  8. Hi Diann,
    your Christmas tea things are lovely. And the history to the different greeting cards is amazing. Was really very informative and interesting. Thank you for sharing this.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!
    Best greetings, Johanna

  9. Hello Diann
    My card list is way down too and mainly because a stamp here is getting close to 60 cents. It's a tradition like letter writing that is sadly dwindling away.
    Your shiny new red teacup is festive.
    Merry Christmas

  10. I got such a great start on my cards and then pooped out! I was out the Monday after Thanksgiving and now I still have a list that I didn't send too. What happened?!

    I just love the fringed ones, how exquisite and feminine.

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  12. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone. I'm just stopping by random blogs today and checking them out. Also wishing you folk's a healthy and happy new years. Richard from an Amish community in Pennsylvania.

  13. I love these old Christmas cards. Have a good Christmas and I look forward to following you in 2012.

  14. Hi Diann, Your tea, shared with writing Christmas cards is so fun. I love your thrift finds and the tea cup is so pretty in red.
    Enjoyed learning the history you share of Christmas cards and the vintage styles from years ago. I too enjoy writing out my cards and like you, I have cut back some, but still have enough to do and I also like to write a little something along with the greeting. I just can't let it go with just our names.

    Thank you for a lovely tea. I so enjoyed my visit and wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year.
    Hugs from Texas, Celestina Marie

  15. Dearest Diann,

    Merry, Merry Christmas dear lady.., and a happy New Year to you as well!

    I love your delightfully festive and jolly teatime vignette this week. A pretty festive red teacup and saucer, a Santa teapot and some vintage cards replete with interesting history about cards and amazing examples for good measure.

    Thanks ever so much for also inspiring us richly and sharing with us all of your marvelous tea posts for our Tuesday tea parties Diann.

    Thanks for so faithfully brightening our corner of blogland, as you have joined us for, 'T and TTT', and also for, 'Tuesday Tea For Two', on many a lovely occasion.

    May God richly bless you and yours during this coming Christmas and also in the New Year in 2012 dear lady.

    Hugs, Wanda Lee (and Pam)

  16. I would love to go thirfting with you. What a keen eye you have. The tea table is set for memories and best wishes for friends.
    I so enjoyed your presence at our tea, especially during this busy season.
    Wishing you a blessed Christmas!


  17. Just enjoyed the Vintage Christmas Cards, thank you and Christmas Blessings.

  18. Cool vintage Christmas Cards! You always share really neat things!
    Thanks for sharing at Minutes for Me!
    Happy Holidays!

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