Sending festive greetings to those who are dear to us.

This time of year brings to mind those people that are most important.

It’s a time when we send festive greetings to those who are dear to us. By how did the tradition of sending cards start?

In 1843, Sir John Henry Cole was too busy to write personal holiday greetings, so he hired a London artist, John Calcott Horsley, to design a Christmas card.  The illustration showed a family raising wineglasses in a toast. This drew vocal criticism from the temperance community. The ensuing controversy helped to popularise card-sending.

The average person in Britain sends 50 Christmas cards each year although more people are sending eCards now.

However, the sentiments are still the same as ever. A sharing of love,  Peace on Earth and Goodwill to mankind.


The Christmas Journey

Christmas cards that help a charity spread joy in two ways. They send your Christmas greetings and support a good cause.  These boxed cards by Museums & Galleries support the Macmillan Cancer Charity.

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