In 1843, Sir Henry Cole, a proper English gentleman, commissioned an artist to design a holiday card. Cole proceeded to have 2,050 copies printed, and a holiday tradition was born. Lack of time is no longer an excuse. Whip out the smartphones and mark your calendars. Christmas Card Day is December 9.
Receiving cards depicting Christmas themes used to be the highlight of treks to the mailbox throughout the holiday season. It was a way to touch base with family and friends, and people actually took the time to write personal messages in the cards that they sent.
Somewhere along the way, Christmas themes were replaced with portraits and letters that read like advertisements for the perfect family. The simple sentiment of “wishing you a happy holiday and prosperous New Year” was lost.
Our over-scheduled lives and personal communication devices have reduced us to sending generic online greeting cards in mass, with the click of a mouse. It’s time to bring back the warm, thoughtful holiday tradition.
To celebrate Christmas Card Day, host an afternoon card party. Serve appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks. (You don’t want those personal notes to get too far out of hand.) Season’s greetings!