December 9: Christmas Card Day

1940 Christmas card with whistle attachedDecember 9 is Christmas Card Day, so . . . get busy! Personally, I don’t think there’s anyway I’ll have Christmas cards ready to go before the 9th is over, but it sure would be nice if I did. I’m actually a huge fan of the Christmas letter, with the whole family update, but I’ve never sent one. Reader poll: card (snail mail), letter (snail mail), e-card, or none at all? Comments please!

LBJ's White House Christmas Card (1967) Apparently December 9 was selected as Christmas Card Day not only because it’s a good time to get to work on those cards but also to celebrate the first commercially produced Christmas card.

Cole's cards were sold for a shilling and could be mailed for a penny using the (relatively new) Uniform Penny Post system.

Cole’s cards sold for a shilling and could be mailed for cheaply using the (relatively new) Penny Post.

In 1843, Henry Cole commissioned artist John Calcott Horsley to design a Christmas card. Sending greeting cards was not very common at the time, but Cole printed 2,050 cards, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas card circa 1950

 

“The angel went to her and said,

‘Greetings, you who are highly favored!
The Lord is with you.'”

Luke 1:28

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