The real meaning of the Christmas card
Giving and receiving Christmas cards is a tradition that is still followed today. Sending cards is just as much a part of Christmas as buying gifts and cooking the turkey. The only differences today are the way cards are sent and received.
Technology has made a huge impact on the delivery of all mail, especially cards and letters. Now instead of spending money on postage and each individual card, you can send cards by email and have them delivered instantly to anywhere in the world.
The first Christmas cards were delivered in London, England in 1843. These first cards stayed away from winter and reglious themes.
Instead they depicted fanciful figures and images. It was not until 1875 that the first Christmas card appeared in the United States.
As Christmas cards became more popular, many business and organizations saw a way to profit from them.
Charitable organizations would create their own specially themed cards and sell them, raising money at the same time.
During the time of the World Wars, cards were produced with patriotic themes. In the 1950’s humour and cartoon figures became popular.
Even the British Royal Family and the U.S. President produce their own Christmas cards each year.
All households had a Christmas card list, mailing to many family members and close friends. These cards often became letters, relating the news of the year to each other.
At one time it was important to be on someone’s Christmas card list. If you found yourself taken off the list, this meant that you were no longer in the good books of the mailer.
With the advent of computers mailing Christmas cards via the postal service has declined. Even so, there are almost 2 billion cards mailed each Christmas. It is one Christmas tradition which won’t go away too quickly.
More Resources for Simplifying Christmas
You can also save money and be unique, by making your own Christmas cards this year.
I have a brilliant pack of 1,500 Christmas royalty free images for only $5 that you can download and use year after year.
They are gorgeous and such fun to use on handmade cards and decorations.
Learning how to keep Christmas simple is a matter of making sure you are organized with your Christmas planning and budgeting every step of the way.
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