The custom of sending greeting cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese, who exchanged messages of good will to celebrate the New Year, and to the early Egyptians, who conveyed their greetings on papyrus scrolls. By the early 1400s, handmade paper greeting cards were being exchanged in Europe. The Germans are known to have printed New Year’s greetings from woodcuts as early as 1400, and handmade paper Valentines were being exchanged in various parts of Europe in the early to mid-1400s. The first known published Christmas card appeared in London in 1843, when Sir Henry Cole hired artist John Calcott Horsley to design a holiday card featuring his family celebrating together that he could send to his friends and acquaintances.
Today printed Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years’ cards are still widely mailed despite an early 2000s movement among some to send e-cards. Every year since 1953, White House has commissioned an official holiday card from a prominent American artist.
Many businesses from small to large send commercial holiday cards to their customers and colleagues, and there is an uptick in charity organizations like Unicef using holiday cards as a fundraising tool. Of course, individuals and families also send cards for good cheer and to share photos or yearly updates with their loved ones. There’s just something about receiving a physical greeting in the mail…
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