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Christmas Cards- Christmas traditions

December 16, 2010

I love the Christmas Tradition of writing, sending and receiving Christmas Cards.

       Each year it’s a fantastic way to keep up with the news from friends and family around the globe. And despite internet contact, there is nothing like hanging cards in your house to admire through the festive season.

What about you? Do you write and send old-fashioned Christmas Cards? Or do oyu send an email version now?  

                Suzi Love

A form of Christmas card began in England first when young boys practiced their writing skills by creating Christmas greetings for their parents, but it is Sir Henry Cole who is credited with creating the first real Christmas card. The first director of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, Sir Henry found himself too busy in the Christmas season of 1843 to compose individual Christmas greetings for his friends.

He commissioned artist John Calcott Horsley for the illustration. The card featured three panels, with the center panel depicting a family enjoying Christmas festivities and the card was inscribed with the message “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You.”

Read more about Christmas Cards via Christmas traditions : the origins of Xmas and facts.

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