Today is Christmas Card Day!


A few days ago, I compelled you to start sending handwritten letters again, and now, I’m going to prod you further into making your holiday greetings more personal. Why? Because today is Christmas Card Day!

Do you remember the time when, as a child, you used to make Christmas Cards for your family and friends? I do. Sometimes, I made them for school projects, but most of the time, I did them because I wanted to surprise my parents—especially my dad, because he was working overseas all the time and more often than not, he couldn’t come home for Christmas.

These days, however, I must admit that I haven’t been sending (or receiving) Christmas cards as much. It must be the case for you too, am I right? Back in the days, sending Christmas cards was a “must” for the holidays, and while there are still fervent followers of this tradition, many opt to send their greetings through e-mails and social media.

The first commercial Christmas Card, which many believe Sir Henry Cole started selling in 1843. Image via Retronaut

Today is a perfect time for us analogue lovers to do something about that, because today is Christmas Card Day! It was on this day in 1843 that many believe Sir Henry Cole started marketing the first commercially produced Christmas Card. Whether you decide to buy them or make them, Christmas Cards make this season of giving and cheer extra special, so why don’t you start sending out some? Remember, make it fast if you’re mailing them, so the recipients will get theirs in time for Christmas!

To get you further in the mood, here are some Christmas Cards photos by our fellow lomographers from some holidays past:

Credits: freaktv, megs79, elletra & rdp_ribeirense

All information for this article were sourced from Henry Cole on Wikipedia and Holiday Insights.

written by plasticpopsicle on 2012-12-09 #news #history #christmas-card-day #sir-henry-cole

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