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Christmas Traditions: Christmas Cards

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Find out how the tradition of sending Christmas Cards started. Learn more about Christmas Cards and lots of other Christmas Traditions and Customs at: http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/cards.shtml

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Christmas Traditions: Christmas Cards

  1. 1. Christmas Cards (quite a new Christmas Tradition!)www.whychristmas.com
  2. 2. Christmas Cards (quite a new Christmas Tradition!) The custom of sending Christmas Cards started in the UK. The first card was send in 1843, by Sir Henry Cole. He was interested in the new Public Post Office and how it could be used more by ordinary people.www.whychristmas.com
  3. 3. Christmas Cards (quite a new Christmas Tradition!) Sir Henry had the idea of Christmas Cards with his artist friend John Horsley. They designed the first card and sold them for one shilling each. The card was made of three panels. The outer two showed people caring for the poor. The centre panel was a family having a large Christmas dinner!www.whychristmas.com
  4. 4. Christmas Cards (quite a new Christmas Tradition!) As printing methods improved, Christmas Cards became more popular and were produced in large numbers from about 1860. By the early 1900s, the custom had spread over Europe and had become especially popular in Germany.www.whychristmas.com
  5. 5. Christmas Cards (quite a new Christmas Tradition!) The first cards often had pictures of the Nativity scene on them. In late Victorian times, robins and snow- scenes became popular. Snow-scenes were popular because they reminded people of the very bad winter that happened in the UK in 1836.www.whychristmas.com
  6. 6. Christmas Cards (quite a new Christmas Tradition!) Christmas Cards first came to the USA in the late 1840s, but were very expensive. It 1875, Louis Prang, a printer, started mass producing cards so more people could afford to buy them. In 1915, John C. Hall and two of his brothers created Hallmark Cards, who are still one of the biggest card makers today!www.whychristmas.com
  7. 7. Christmas Cards (quite a new Christmas Tradition!) Today over 1 billion Christmas Cards are sent in the USA each year! In the UK it’s over 675 million! Only 15% of cards are bought by men!www.whychristmas.com
  8. 8. Christmas Cards (quite a new Christmas Tradition!) Find out more about Christmas Cards at:www.whychristmas.com/customs/cards.shtmlwww.whychristmas.com

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