Christmas Cards, a history

The Christmas season is full of all kinds of traditions, many of which are different depending on what part of the world you’re in. But many of the traditions are similar as well, including one whose history you might ever have thought about: the Christmas Card. Among the earliest of modern Christmas traditions, according to the Hallmark company approximately 1.3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the United States annually, sending greetings, pictures, well-wishes and life updates to far-off family. But how sending Christmas Cards became a popular holiday tradition is a story that involves technology, culture, art, the postal service, and the Queen of England.

Jan 24, 2022 | 12:35 | Josh Geiger

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