December 9 is Christmas Card Day, lacking time to address and mail cards will no longer be an acceptable excuse. Just whip out your smartphone and mark your calendar app.
In 1843 Sir Henry Cole, a proper English gentleman, commissioned an artist to design the first Christmas card. He had 2,050 copies printed and a holiday tradition was born.
Until the late 20th century, receiving cards was the highlight of daily treks to mailboxes. For many, it was a way to touch base with friends and family, people actually took time to write personal messages in their cards.
Somewhere along the way, Santa Claus and Christmas trees were replaced with portrait cards depicting images of kids and pets. The e-mail followed, reading more like an advertisement for the perfect family.
In this age of tech-driven devices, we’ve resorted to sending generic cards, in mass numbers, with no thought and no more effort than the click of a mouse. What happened to the sentiment of wishing someone a Merry Christmas?
Christmas Card Day reminds us of a thoughtful tradition, one that warmed our hearts and made us smile. Schedule time for an afternoon of signing cards, addressing envelopes, and enjoying a mug of hot cocoa.