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National Christmas Card Day Comes Once a Year

Teresa Iovieno    

December 7, 2022 

Christmas card history made its debut in 1843 and was very rare in its initial emergence but it started getting more popular in the 1850s in the United States. Louis Prang, an immigrant from Prussia, opened his first print shop in Boston and his creativity with his cards began to gain traction. By 1875 Christmas cards started to expand in their style and now on December 9th, we celebrate National Christmas cards to bring holiday cheer to families and friends 

The history of Christmas cards has come a long way from the year 1611 to now. The first recorded Christmas cards were sent by Henry Frederick around Christmas time. By the year 1843, the first Christmas card had been created by Henry Cole that brought families joy. In 1875 the first Christmas in the United States was created in Boston. By 1910, the Hall Brothers open a Hallmark in Kansas City, which launched Christmas cards to a new level. 

Christmas cards have brought people together during the holidays for years, bringing festivity and a sense of closeness during one of the most popular holidays. Families and friends dress up and take photos to share with others and some mail Christmas cards decorated with holiday stamps and envelopes as per tradition for many families across the globe. Throughout the years, Christmas cards have elevated in their designs with a multitude of backgrounds, styles, and even advanced distribution methods with social media becoming a major factor in how these cards are sent

Christmas cards bring people together and are a great way to stay in touch even if you do not have social media. Christmas cards aren’t always even photos! They can be a Christmas letter and a business card sending their best wishes and making sure we know they are thinking of their people. When sending a Christmas card, you are letting people know you are thinking about them during the holidays including close friends and coworkers.  

Christmas cards are a great way to engage children as well for many reasons; dressing up, having a theme, and having fun with their families lift the holiday spirit for children especially. Holiday cards will always be a tradition and they will always change throughout the generation. 

There are many ways of greeting families and friends with Christmas cards. Here are some popular greetings: 

  • Wishing you love and joy during these snowy days!  

  • Wishing you a stress-free and spirited Christmas season to you and your loved ones. 

  • Happy Holidays everyone! May your home be filled with Christmas spirit, including the chimney.  

  • May you and your family have a happy and healthy Christmas filled with hugs, laughs, and treats.  

  • The only thing cozier than eating warm cookies in your pj's on Christmas is eating them in the comfort of your own home.  

  • To someone who is always at the top of my "nice" list, Merry Christmas!  

  • Happy Holidays! May the New Year bring you peace and happiness!  

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Merry Christmas to everyone!

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