The History of Christmas Cards

It’s time to send Christmas cards, a tradition that we had in our family since I can remember. I’m not the one sending personalised cards nor very funny ones (as you can see…) – a little wish on a nice card is what my beloved ones gets. Last night I started to think about where this tradition of sending Christmas cards comes from – so I did some research on the topic and found out that the Christmas card custom began in late 18th-century England.

The History of Christmas Cards Sofia CM Scandinavian Interior Blog - Christmas - Switzerland

The custom of sending Christmas cards was started in the UK in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole. ... Sir Henry had the idea of Christmas Cards with his friend John Horsley, who was an artist. They designed the first card and sold them for 1 shilling each. The picture below shows the first ever Christmas card. 

The History of Christmas Cards sofia cm blog zurich switzerland

Sending Christmas greetings is a big thing in Sweden, even so big that in a country of ten million people - Last year, Swedes sent nearly 23 million physical Christmas greetings, or nine Christmas cards per household. Now 8 out of 10 Swedes are looking forward to receiving this year's Christmas card in the mailbox, and 6 out of 10 also plan to send their Christmas greetings to family and friends by mail – shown in PostNord’s annual Christmas card survey.

Source - PostNords julkortsundersökning 2016

Source - PostNords julkortsundersökning 2016