Christmas Cards, Advent Activity 12

Christmas cards are fun to send out, well at least for me. Yes we has social media and can just put out a blanket greeting but it is much more personal to get a card in the mail. I have an assortment of cards and I pick out each one specifically for each person on my list. So how did we get this tradition of mailing cards to one another? Well Sir Henry Cole sent the very first card just before Christmas. His buddy J.C. Horsely thought is was a great idea and in 1843 he started selling Christmas cards. He quickly sold out of the first 1000 he made and thus the tradition was born! Most early cards had scenes of the Nativity and Christmas related imagery and the insides had greetings from bible passages like  “Behold I bring you tidings of great joy which will be to all people” Luke 2:10 and “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” John 20:21.

Day 12 of the countdown to Christmas scripture. Luke 2:1-3 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman empire, this was the first census that was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria, so everyone returned to their home towns.

5 Replies to “Christmas Cards, Advent Activity 12”

  1. Thanks for sharing! I send cards out every year, but never stopped to ask how the tradition got started. (which is odd, because usually I want to know)

  2. This is such a great advent activity. I love making Christmas cards and sending them to loved ones! This year, we’re taking them to the nursing home too.

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