The Tradition of Christmas Cards
Each year Hallmark, American Greetings, and countless other stationery card stores sell millions of cards. There is a marked increase in the purchase of cards during the Christmas season. Sending out Christmas cards has always been somewhat of an “American tradition” during the holidays. But have you ever wondered how sending Christmas cards came about and the purpose of the tradition?
Christmas cards are slightly blurry. Some debate that the invention of Christmas cards started with children in school sending out letters to their family during Christmas. Some consider it to have started in 1842 by a British man named Sir Henry Cole. Sir Henry Cole worked for the British government during the advent of the post office. He wanted to come up with a way so that more common people would use the post office. After brainstorming with his artist friend by the name of John Horsley, the two came up with the 1st ever “Christmas card”.