December 9, 2017

Did you know December 9 is Christmas Card Day? A perfect excuse reach out to friends and loved ones and send along holiday cheer.

In 1843, Sir Henry Cole approached John Callcott Horsley with an idea, an idea that is still very popular today.  Cole’s idea was to develop a card that could be sent to family and friends to wish them well during the holiday season.

Horsley designed the first Christmas card, showing a family enjoying a meal together, carrying the simple message of “Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year To You”.  The initial print run was for 1000 cards which were lithographed and hand coloured by a professional colourer.

In total, 2050 cards were produced with this image and started a tradition that continues to be popular today.



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