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Ho! Ho! Ho! The History of Christmas

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Christmas Cards


The custom of sending Christmas cards started in Victorian England. Earlier, some adults had written Christmas letters. But letter-writing took time; people wanting to share season's greetings with many others found it a daunting task. London printers Charles Goodall & Sons became the first to mass produce Christmas cards. In 1862 they created cards saying "A Merry Christmas." Later, they designed cards with various designs, including robins, holly, mangers, snowmen, and even Little Red Riding Hood.

Fun Fact: In 1851 Richard Pease, a variety store owner, commissioned the first printed Christmas card in the U.S.

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