Today is: Christmas Card Day

Customers shop for Christmas cards in the Hallmark Crown Shop in Eastland Mall, Columbus.
Customers shop for Christmas cards in the Hallmark Crown Shop in Eastland Mall, Columbus.

Christmas cards, and the man who is credited with coming up with the concept for a commercial Christmas card, Sir Henry Cole, are celebrated today. Because he didn't have time to write all his family and friends at Christmas time, Cole, a worker at the Public Records Office in London, commissioned artist John Calcott Horsley to design a card for him, which Horsley did while living at Orestone Manor, near Torquay, in the United Kingdom. This first card, created in 1843, had a picture of a family celebrating Christmas together while drinking, flanked by images of people giving food and clothing to the needy. Below, the phrase "A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU" was inscribed.

Source: Checkiday.com

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