Every year in the US alone over 1.5 billion Christmas cards are sent, and with good reason. Christmas cards are a wonderful and tradition-rich way of keeping in touch with family and friends.
Here at allthingschristmas.com you can both print beautiful Victorian Christmas cards and send our very popular electronic cards: decorate your own ginger bread man and send it as a fun animation directly to those that you care about.
What should I write in my greeting?
The Christmas card is without a doubt the most sent greeting of the year. The most common sentence in a Christmas card is “Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” but it is okay to be a bit more creative when you write you greeting.
Traditional Christmas cards
Stateline.org collected some of the greetings that American Governors send out in 2005. Here are some examples:
1. Colorado Governor Bill Owens (R): “May peace, love, joy and prosperity bless your home and family this holiday season”
2. Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski (D): “PEACE – Paz, Paix, Pace, Frieden, Mir, Shalom, Heiwa, Salam, Heping”
3. South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford (R): “May we all live honorably, walk humbly, and give abundant thanks to the Lord for our many blessings this holiday season”; quotes Micah 6:8
You can also be inspired by the statements about Xmas by famous people:
1. Oren Arnold: “Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”
2. Phillips Brooks: “Where charity stands watching and faith holds wide the door the dark night wakes – the glory breaks, Christmas comes once more.”
3. Larry Wilde: “Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall”.
Or a more humourous greeting:
4. Anonymous: “Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Xmas shopping when they ran out of money.”
It can also be a good idea to look at how people wrote on their Christmas cards in the old days:
1. Christmas card from 1892 : “A hearty Christmas greeting. Happy and free from care may you ever be, Merry days, jolly days, may you ever see.”
2. Christmas card from 1924 : “I wish you gladness friend of mine and so this card conveys Good will and cheer in every line for this rare day of days. Christmas Greetings to you.”
3. Christmas card from 1900: “What if the wintry winds do sweep across the garden chill, to long as in our hearts we keep Old Christmas merry still.”
The Christmas cards’ history
The Christmas card is without a doubt the most sent greeting of the year. But the Valentine’s Day greeting came long before the Christmas card. It can be traced all the way back to the 1400s. The first official Christmas card was first sent in 1843 in England and it depicted a family in a cosy setting drinking wine. The first Christmas cards rarely had Xmas as a theme on the card. Instead they focused on the coming of Spring and showed pictures of flowers, animals and children. The British Royal family also began sending out Christmas cards in the 1840s. Here Queen Victoria focused on the things that had happened in the family the previous year.
The Christmas card quickly became very popular in various circles in Europe and in 1875 the German immigrant Louis Prang started the first series of American Christmas cards. A few years later Prang was producing over 5 million Christmas cards for the USA.
The Christmas card has been a colossal success since then but today the card has undergone a change and there are actually sent fewer and fewer traditional Christmas cards. Instead, people use electronic Christmas cards sent via the internet. Cards sent via cell phones has also replaced many of the traditional Christmas cards. The first Christmas greeting sent by cell phone was sent from the phone company Vodaphone’s headquarters in 1993.
Did you know that…
The first Christmas greeting via SMS was a simple “Merry Christmas”
The most expensive Christmas card was sold at an auction in England in 2001 for 20,000 pounds, approximately 40,000 USD. The card was from 1843
Only one in 100 Christmas cards sold in Britain in 2006 contains any religious imagery or message, a Daily Mail survey has revealed.
In 2004, the German post office gave away 20 million scented stickers for free to make Christmas cards smell like a fir Christmas tree, cinnamon, gingerbread, or a honey-wax candle.