Thursday, December 5, 2019
History of the Christmas Card!
Did you know that the custom of sending Christmas cards was started in the UK? Yep, a gentleman by the name of Sir Henry Cole got the whole thing going back in 1843. He also happened to be a senior civil servant who helped set up a little thing called the "Public Record Office," what we now call the Post Office. He was an Assistant Record Keeper and got to thinking, "How can this be used by ordinary folk?"
So he got together with his good friend John
By the time folks were flooding west here in America, the popularity of Christmas cards was in full swing. Some thought it was just a thing that would fall out of fashion and get dropped like a hot potato. But no, the Christmas card endured. In fact, by 1860 they replaced the ever-popular Happy New Year's card. Yes, that was a thing. Valentine cards were around back then too and soon fell out of fashion for the platonic groups and was reserved for romance. Thus, the Christmas card became the primary way to send a quick note to friends, family, and acquaintances.
So now you can imagine a cowboy sending his mom a Christmas card during the holidays in some small town he and other cowboys might be wintering near. A card was perhaps more special back then than it is today.
Until next time!