Christmas cards are one of the smallest gestures that we can give at this time of year. It does not have to be extravagant or tell your life story for the past year. Just a heartfelt card with a message from the heart is all that you need. The custom of sending Christmas cards was started in the UK in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole. He was a senior civil servant (Government worker) who had helped set-up the new ‘Public Record Office’ (now called the Post Office), where he was an Assistant Keeper, and wondered how it could be used more by ordinary people.
The First Christmas card was thought up by Sir Henry of the british royal family with his friend John Horsley (an artist). They designed the first card and sold them for 1 shilling each. (That is only 5p or 8 cents today(!), but in those days it was worth much much more.) The card had three panels. The outer two panels showed people caring for the poor and in the center panel was a family having a large Christmas dinner! Some people didn’t like the card because it showed a child being given a glass of wine! About 1000 (or it might have been less!) were printed and sold. They are now very rare and cost thousands of Pounds or Dollars to buy an original today.
The first postal service that a normal person could use was started in the year 1840 when the first ‘Penny Post’ public postal deliveries began (Sir Henry Cole helped to introduce the Penny Post). Before that, only the very rich could afford to send anything through the post. The new Post Office was able to offer Penny stamps because new railways were being built all over. These railways could carry much more post than the horse and carriage that had been used before. Also, trains could go a lot faster. Cards became even more popular in the UK when they could be posted in an unsealed envelope for one halfpenny – half the price of an ordinary letter.
To think that there was a time that there was no such thing as a Christmas Card is something truly hard to believe considered how ubiquitous they are today. One of my favorite cards to use at this time of year are by the suphouse.
These cards are excellent. The images on them are so nice and inviting. My favorite is the fox family but that just may be due to how much I love foxes in general. The Christmas cards provided by the suphouse come packaged compactly and arrive in no time at all. The cost is very low as well. Considering how much you can spend on one Christmas card alone from Hallmark. One thing I really like about these cards is that they come blank so you can fill them with whatever you want on the inside. You could even have your children draw pictures for their friends and relatives. The cards come with envelopes and stickers to seal the envelope with. I would buy these cards again as well. I may even buy another set this year due to how many friends and relatives I have.
The card you choose is not what’s important it is the love and effort you put into writing and sending that card to the people you love most of all. Remember no matter what it is the thought that counts, so pick up a package of some of these cards on Amazon and show someone how much you care about them.