Some Christmas Cards are funny, some are religious, and some just make you feel good with all that Holiday spirit. But did you ever wonder how the tradition of Christmas Cards started? What did the first Christmas card say? Well, let's take a look.
The first Christmas card was commissioned by Sir Henry Cole and illustrated by John Callcott Horsley in London on May 1, 1843! The card showed three generations of a family raising a toast to the card's recipient. Bookending the toast were scenes of charity, with food and clothing being given to the poor.
Early cards rarely depicted winter or religious themes, instead favoring flowers, fairies and other fanciful designs that reminded the recipient of the approach of spring. Humorous and sentimental images of children and animals were popular, as were increasingly elaborate shapes, decorations and materials.
By the early 1900's many companies were producing Christmas cards with a wider variety of images and themes, but a company started in 1913 by Joyce and Rollie Hall really made cards that stood out from the rest. Their little company would later become Hallmark. The king of cards!
By the 1970's and 80's pop culture invaded Christmas cards! Cards had everything from The Fonz, Alf , Ziggy, and even the Muppets wishing you and yours a merry Christmas.
But of course over time the popularity of Christmas cards has seen a decline. With the invention of the internet more people are just sending an e-card or wishing a merry Christmas with a text message. But if you want to relive the past with some great looking and some odd looking cards, let's take a look now.