Christmas Card Day


Christmas Card Day honors Sir Henry Cole of England, who commissioned the first commercial Christmas Card in 1843. Christmas cards are usually exchanged during the weeks preceding Christmas Day by many people in Western society and in Asia.

The production of Christmas cards was, throughout the 20th century, a profitable business for many stationery manufacturers, with the design of cards continually evolving with changing tastes and printing techniques. The now widely recognized brand Hallmark Cards was established in 1913 by Joyce Hall with the help of brother Rollie Hall to market their self-produced Christmas cards. The Hall brothers capitalized on a growing desire for more personalized greeting cards and reached critical success when the outbreak of World War I increased demand for cards to send to soldiers.

In recent decades, changes in technology have been responsible for the decline of the Christmas card to a fraction of what it once had been, a casualty of the Internet and young people’s tendency to stay in touch on social media…thus avoiding licking envelopes. The estimated number of cards received by American households dropped from 31 in 1987 to 15 in 2012.  Email and telephones allow for more frequent contact and are easier for generations raised without handwritten letters—especially given the availability of websites offering free email Christmas cards. Despite the decline, 1.9 billion cards were sent in the U.S. in 2005 alone. (from Wikipedia and


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