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!
I 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.
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".
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