A popular tradition associated with the Christmas holiday season is the sending and receiving of Christmas cards. Christmas cards give people the opportunity to contact people once a year so that they have no reason to make themselves known throughout the year, but that They care about it all the same. It is also one of the times of the year when children anticipate that the postman will arrive as much as their parents, in the hope that greeting cards are only for them.
A man with a familiar problem
The custom of sending Christmas greetings to Christmas has long existed, but for the most successful socially, a problem has quickly developed. Handwritten notes were correct when a person only needed to send five or six notes, but when a person's social contacts counted by the hundreds, it became a labor-intensive ritual. ;artwork. The development of an affordable postal system in England called the Penny Post has facilitated the sending of letters to people. This means that people often felt obliged to send more of their acquaintances a greeting of the season.
One of the men who developed the Penny Post, Sir Henry Cole, was one of those men with the problem of too many people to contact for Christmas. He solved the problem by ordering the printing of a small card wishing the recipient a good Christmas season and good luck for the new year. The design of the card, featuring a family sipping wine in a holiday setting, has proven controversial because the image of a child drinking a glass of wine has been seen by some to reflect the decadence of morality in England at the time.
The maps provided were immensely popular, and many of the recipients of Cole's maps decided to do the same thing the following year. In just a few years, sending Christmas cards has become a tradition across Britain.
Changing Times, Changing Maps
The first Christmas cards were sent out in 1843. It would have taken more than 30 years before the Americans started to give cards. root in the United States. When Christmas cards were introduced for the first time, their creations were happy but serious. Over the decades, tastes in cards have also changed. When the world was at war, the Christmas cards were patriotic. As the population grows and people's interests become more diversified, the types of cards available also diversify.
With the explosion of the Internet use, sales of Christmas cards have declined slightly, people having made it usual to send holiday greetings by e-mail and on social networking sites. Still, there is something special about opening the mailbox on a cold December day, and seeing an envelope in a festive shade of red or green. Christmas cards now come in many different varieties. Religious theme cards are available, as well as cards for families. Humorous and risky cards have been popular for many years. It is now possible to send Christmas cards of yourself, your family, your pets or people from your office. They can be sent to almost anyone you can imagine with at least one added personal touch. Christmas cards will be a beloved part of the Christmas tradition for decades to come.