Christmas is a time of year where we all think about those closest to us, our family and friends. It is a time where everyone comes together to celebrate and think about those we cherish. One of the most popular traditions of Christmas is the practice of sending Christmas cards to those that we love. Most people don’t stop and think where the custom of sending Christmas cards came from. Card companies did not exist hundreds of years ago, but the practice still seems ingrained into our Christmas experience.
The tradition of sending Christmas cards at this time of year is a long one. It began from the old custom of sending Christmas letters at this time of year, in Victorian England. Letters tended to be filled with best wishes for the Christmas period and the new year to come. However, these letters were extremely time consuming. Often, there would be many different letters required and the process could become more of a chore than a pleasure.
The first Christmas cards were printed way back in 1843. A well known businessman, Henry Cole had asked an artist to print out Christmas cards that could be sent to family and friends. They were a quick and easy way of celebrating the magic of Christmas and wishing loved ones well. However, Christmas cards were not mass produced until a few decades later in the 1860’s in London. These cards did not show much resemblance to the Christmas cards we think of today. Instead, they showed pictures of fairies and flowers. Over time the cards developed more holiday themed pictures, similar to what we find today. These cards depicted popular Christmas scenes such as robins, holly and Snowmen.
This practice has continued throughout the years and many cards still resemble those that were sent many years ago. However, big card chains have produced a wider variety of styles, colours and sizes of Christmas card. These days there are different types of card to suit the recipient. Some cards are funny designed to make the recipient laugh, others show family oriented scenes and others show religious themes.
Christmas cards have changed again in the last ten years. Although there are still many traditional store bought cards around, the internet has advanced methods of buying and creating cards. Ecards became very popular when more people began to have access to the internet. They were a quick, inexpensive way of sending seasons greetings to a large amount of people. Although Ecards are a very popular way of sending best wishes at this magical time of year, the need for the paper Christmas card has not gone away. Sending a real card to family and friends has not lost its appeal, the fun of opening and hanging up Christmas cards has maintained its popularity.
In recent years, Christmas cards have changed yet again. Due to online shopping there are now more Christmas cards to choose from than ever before. Online shops stocking much more competitively priced and varied card designs have become incredibly popular. The sheer diversity of Christmas cards that can be found online means that there is always a card to suit everyone, even the most difficult family member to buy for.
One of the best aspects of the new Christmas card revolution is the ability to personalise your card. Online stores now give you more freedom and creativity than ever before when it comes to the design of your card. You can make tweaks and changes to the final product to create something that is especially made for your loved one. One of the most popular kind of cards online is the personalised Christmas card. You can create these cards online by typing in the recipients name and watching as that name is cleverly incorporated into the design. For example, their name can be printed onto the image of Santas Sack. These cards are unique and far more special and touching than any store bought card.
As the years have gone on, Xmas cards have become more, not less, important. The need for keeping in touch with our friends and family has grown. Due to transport and different opportunities, families now tend to live much further apart from each other. Individuals now have a much wider social network than they ever had. The tradition of sending cards at Christmas time is more popular than ever. There are so many different ways to send Xmas cards and such a wide variety of cards to choose from, that more and more people are choosing to take part in the tradition.
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