The first Christmas card ever


WORLD'S FIRST CHRISTMAS CARD
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What was the world's first Christmas card?

The first printed Christmas cards were started in 1843 in London. Prior to this date, everyone handed out handwritten notes each year. They would hand deliver or send these hand-written Christmas notes through the post. Before 1843, there were no commercial Christmas cards.

John Calcott, a London artist, designed the very first Christmas that went on sale. John Calcott was hired by a wealthy businessman to create a holiday card that he could send to all of his friends to wish them a Merry Christmas. The businessman wanted a nice card that he could send that would save him time from handwriting each a personal note. The card had three panels. Two of the panels were people doing good deeds, the center panel when open showed a party with both children and adults with all kinds of food and drink. The caption underneath the party read, "Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you". One thousand copies of this card were printed.

Soon these printed cards became popular all over England and in Germany. The idea did not reach America until around the 1870’s. Today, in the United States there are over two billion Christmas cards sent every year. 


The first Christmas card ever

The first Christmas card ever

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