The first commercial Christmas cards were commissioned by Sir Henry Cole in London in 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 2,050 cards were printed and sold that year for a shilling each.
Well, way to go Sir Henry Cole :) I'll go ahead and thank you for my favorite Christmas tradition of all!
I absolutely love sending and receiving cards! I never thought to do it until Jaina's first Christmas. I think that year I may have only sent out about 30 cards to friends and family. Now my list goes way over 100 (I don't have an exact count because I still haven't sent out all my cards!) with no end in sight. I just can't take people off my list, even if they have never sent me a card in their life. Instead, I just keep adding people throughout the year that I meet and form relationships with :) Its a beautiful thing.
This year I had designed two different cards at Costco.com because I couldn't narrow it down anymore than that. Unfortunately, Costco seems to have right click disabled their preview images. I can't show you what our cards looked like :( And no scanner.
So I just made a new card with Shutterfly.com and voila! Now I have a new card to share for my bloggers.
Merry Christmas, Happy Solstice, and Happy New Year to all!