When is this holiday celebrated?
This holiday is observed & celebrated on December 9 every year.
Are there other related holidays?
What is this holiday about?
It's Christmas Card Day so make sure you go to the local retail store and buy your Christmas Card! We all know that multi box Christmas Cards sale out first in retail stores so make sure you get them today.
Origin of this Holiday
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.
This holiday is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate.
So have fun with it and celebrate it!
This Day could of been created for ??
- We suspect that this day was created in honor of Sir Henry Col who commissioned the first commercial Christmas Cards. But...
- it also could of been created as a reminder to mail out your Christmas Cards on this day so there's plenty of time for the mail to get it to the address it needs to go to.
- Or it may be a reminder to buy your Christmas Cards now before the stores run out and your left with making homemade cards.
We did find reference to this holiday on ECard Greeting sites
What type of holiday is this?
History of the Christmas Card
The first commercial Christmas cards were commissioned by Sir Henry Cole in London, 1843, and featured an illustration by John Callcott Horsley. The picture, of a family with a small child drinking wine together, proved controversial, but the idea was shrewd: Cole had helped introduce the Penny Post three years earlier. Two batches totaling 2050 cards were printed and sold that year for a shilling each.
Early English cards rarely showed winter or religious themes, instead favoring flowers, fairies and other fanciful designs that reminded the recipient of the approach of spring. Humorous and sentimental images of children and animals were popular, as were increasingly elaborate shapes, decorations and materials. In 1875 Louis Prang became the first printer to offer cards in America, though the popularity of his cards led to cheap imitations that eventually drove him from the market. The advent of the postcard spelled the end for elaborate Victorian-style cards, but by the 1920s, cards with envelopes had returned. documentation_license
A Christmas card is:
a greeting card sent as part of the traditional celebration of Christmas in order to convey between people a range of sentiments related to the Christmas season. Christmas cards are usually exchanged during the weeks preceding Christmas Day on December 25 by many people (including non-Christians) in Western society and in Asia. The traditional greeting inside a Christmas card often reads "wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year". There are innumerable variations on this greeting, many cards expressing more religious sentiment, or containing a poem, prayer or Biblical verse.
A Christmas card is generally commercially designed and purchased for the occasion. The content of the design might relate directly to the Christmas narrative with depictions of the Nativity of Jesus, or have Christian symbols such as the Star of Bethlehem or a white dove representing both the Holy Spirit and Peace. Many Christmas cards are secular and show Christmas traditions such as Santa Claus, objects associated with Christmas such as candles, holly and baubles, and Christmastime activities such as shopping and partying, or other aspects of the season such as the snow and wildlife of the northern winter. Many secular cards depict nostalgic scenes of the past such as crinolined shoppers in 19th century streetscapes. Many secular Christmas cards are humorous, particularly in depicting the antics of Santa and his retinue.
Other December Holidays around the world