Christmas Cards: Taking a Look at its Past
Christmas greeting cards are one of the most important things to have during Christmas season, apart from the food and the decorations. At some point in our lives, people have managed to send out Christmas cards at least once. This practice is not just done in the United States, but almost every country in the world has a practice of sending out Christmas greeting cards as well. Even though it is such a popular practice, not that many people actually know about its history and why it is so important for people today. Let's check back into the past and see what the main reason for this practice is.
London is the primary setting most historians trace back to when it comes to sending out greeting cards. The English were known to send out handwritten Christmas greetings to their families and relatives. As time went by, one Englishman, Sir Henry Cole, commissioned an artist, John Callcott Horsley, to create painted cards with Christmas themes since he was too busy to personally create them himself. The main idea was to save time since all Sir Henry had to do was to sign the card and send it out to friends and family. Although this wasn't a complete success because of some controversy that resulted with some of the images, particularly of children enjoying a glass of wine; the practice of preprinted cards were formalized by Kate Greenaway in the early 20th century.
Soon enough the wave of Christmas greeting cards became a staple in the United States, thanks to Louis Prang, American Lithograph printer. He printed and sold these printed greeting cards filled with beautiful holiday designs like snowmen, flowers, toys, and children. Christmas greeting cards became a staple in the American culture and more and more themes were introduced as the years progressed.
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