Christmas Card Day 2022: History, Significance and Celebrations

Christmas Card Day is celebrated on 9th December, this day celebrates Christmas cards which have around for years making our Christmas more special!

Christmas Card Day is annually celebrated on December 9th. This day celebrates and honors Christmas cards which have been around for centuries making our Christmas much more special by their presence. 

Christmas Card Day is all about paying tribute to the creation of this type of greeting card. For some people, they love nothing more than purchasing Christmas cards for everyone they know and writing special messages inside. 

For others, they can't remember when they last sent anyone a Christmas card. No matter what category you fall into, there is no denying that it is nice to send people cards at Christmas and to wish them well for the year ahead.  

Event Christmas Card Day
Date December 9, 2022
Day Friday
Significance The day celebrates and honors Christmas cards
Observed by United States


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Christmas Card Day History: 

The first known Christmas card was sent by Michael Maier to James I of England and his son Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales in 1611. It was discovered in 1979 by Adam McLean in the Scottish Record Office. It was hand-made and incorporated Rosicrucian imagery, with the words of the greeting – "A greeting on the birthday of the Sacred King, to the most worshipful and energetic lord and most eminent James, King of Great Britain and Ireland, and Defender of the true faith, with a gesture of joyful celebration of the Birthday of the Lord, in most joyand fortune, we enter into the new auspicious year 1612" – being laid out to form a rose. 

However, the first commercially available card was commissioned by Sir Henry Cole and designed by John Callcott Horsley in London 1843. The central picture showed three generations of a family raising a toast to the card's recipient: on either side were scenes of charity, with food and clothing being given to the poor. Allegedly the image of the family drinking wine together proved controversial, but the idea was shrewd: Cole had helped introduce the Penny Post three years earlier. Two batches totaling 2,050 cards were printed and sold that year for a shilling each.  

By the 1860s, the practice of sending Christmas cards was more or less in full swing in Britain thanks to the rise and advent of the printing press. Early British cards rarely showed 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. At Christmas 1873, the lithograph firm Prang and Mayer began creating greeting cards for the popular market in Britain. 

Christmas cards inevitably reached the USA in the 1840s, close to when the first ones were being printed. However, the expenses involved in their production rendered them a stagnant practice until 1875 when German printer Louis Prang started mass-producing the cards, making them affordable. It wasn’t until the Hall brothers opened Hallmark, however, in the early 20th century that the practice really took off in the U.S. Today, Christmas cards have become a major part of the holiday tradition. And whether you take a family photo or create one out of construction paper, glue, and glitter, your Christmas cards are sure to make their recipients smile. 


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Christmas Card Day Significance: 

A Christmas card is generally commercially designed and purchased for the occasion. The content of the design might relate directly to the Christmas narrative with depictions of the Nativity of Jesus, or have Christian symbols such as the Star of Bethlehem or a white dove representing both the Holy Spirit and Peace. Many Christmas cards show Christmas traditions, such as seasonal figures (e.g., Santa Claus, snowmen, and reindeer), objects associated with Christmas such as candles, holly, baubles, and Christmas trees, and Christmastime activities such as shopping, caroling, and partying, or other aspects of the season such as the snow and wildlife of the northern winter. 

The reason that sending handwritten Christmas cards is so important is that it conveys warm sentiment and shows that you care. By taking the time to handwrite a card, you show people that they matter to you and that you value the relationship. This is in part because with so many people sending digital cards, your handwritten Christmas letter suddenly becomes a novelty. It shows someone that you took just a little extra time to send a card via direct mail rather than online channels. Plus, many people keep Christmas cards and display them around the home. The Christmas cards become a unique decoration that showcases the joy and cheer of the holiday season.

Christmas cards helps in keeping you connected with your loved ones as no matter how often you actually talk to your distant relatives, chances are you'll get a Christmas card from them! Christmas cards are a great way to catch up on the year's highlights if you haven't had time to get in on all the details throughout the year. I mean in our busy lives today how often do we actually get time to connect with our relatives like cousins with whom we had spent a lovely childhood! Hence it is a nice opportunity for us to re-connect with our loved ones. 

Many people use this opportunity to send cards to both close friends and distant acquaintances, potentially making the sending of cards a multi-hour chore in addressing dozens or even hundreds of envelopes. The greeting in the card can be personalized but brief, or may include a summary of the year's news. Because cards are usually exchanged year after year, the phrase "to be off someone's Christmas card list" is used to indicate a falling out between friends or public figures.


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Christmas Card Day Celebrations: 

So use this opportunity to send some Christmas cards as it's always nice to make handmade cards to send out. Get hold of some glitter and a dab of glue, and see what you can come up with. The recipients are sure to appreciate it – or if you have children, get them involved in making cards for friends and family! If you take a look online, you will see that there is plenty of inspiration when it comes to making your own Christmas card.  

Many of us tend to save particularly pretty or thoughtful Christmas cards from years past, so why not put them to good use! Grab a card holder, a corkboard and pushpins, or even some fridge magnets, and put your cards from previous years and this year on display for all to see! Shoot, you can even string them together to make a festive garland to celebrate the season. So use this festive season to collect some of the most beautiful Christmas cards and then put them on display as decorations. 

You can also spend this day learning about different Christmas traditions. After all, giving Christmas cards to people is just one of many traditions around the festive period. For example, a lot of people hang Christmas wreaths on their front door during December. The wreath has a long and complex history that dates back to the Persian Empire. Here, a form of wreath or garland identified as a 'diadem', was worn around the head.  

Most Searched FAQs on Christmas Card Day: 

1. When is Christmas Card Day celebrated? 

Christmas Card Day is annually celebrated on 9th December.  

2. What is the most common Christmas card? 

A scene of three cherubs: two are praying while the third is peeking out of the group. 

3. What is a good Merry Christmas message? 

Merry merry to you and yours! "May the true spirit of Christmas shine in your heart and light your path." "Wishing you a season that's merry and bright with the light of God's love." "May this season find you among those you love, sharing in the twin glories of generosity and gratitude."

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