Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Trivia: The Christmas Card

A form of Christmas card began in England first when young boys practiced their writing skills by creating Christmas greetings for their parents, but it is Sir Henry Cole who is credited with creating the first real Christmas card. The first director of London's Victoria and Albert Museum, Sir Henry found himself too busy in the Christmas season of 1843 to compose individual Christmas greetings for his friends.

He commissioned artist John Calcott Horsley for the illustration. The card featured three panels, with the center panel depicting a family enjoying Christmas festivities and the card was inscribed with the message "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You"

So in this world of technology is the Christmas Card dead?  I love to receive a handwritten note from a friend or a client, I think it brings us all a little closer.  To think that in this world where communication really is as simple as the tapping of a few keys that someone takes the extra moments to write something and mail it - well there is something very special about that.

Until tomorrow


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