Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The tradition of card giving during Christmastime.
Christmas seems to bring out the most beautiful sentiments and thoughtful words. A few extra moments to script sweet wishes and kind, warm sentiments in celebration of this beautiful and special time of year keeps tradition alive—not only in the handwritten word, but in the tradition of post, and Christmas.
A little moment in history…
I believe it was back in December of 1843 that British aristocrat Sir Henry Cole set one Christmas apart from the rest and decided to create something a little different to give. Rather than a typical letter, he commissioned a painter to create a painting on the cover of a card. The painting, by Clacott Horsley, depicted a family toasting the season, which was turned into color-lithographed design—creating the very first Christmas card. That design was sold by a publisher for a total of 1 shilling at the time.
Early cards often depicted family, tradition, jovial children, and decoration. I have collected a few vintage and antique Christmas cards and postcards over the years, and cherish their art and so often, sweet message…
Images: 01, 04 The Gifts of Life | 03 via Haute Faves Deux, by Sarah and Bendrix | 02, 05 The Cherry Blossom Girl | 06 via Peter Bagi