Countdown to Christmas – Christmas Cards – There is nothing more pleasing than receiving a card in the post. Whether for your birthday, anniversary, valentine, or wedding, I still feel there is nothing more magical than a Christmas card. Perhaps it is due to the build-up of such an elaborate occasion, that makes them just that little bit more exciting. I would even go as far as to suggest that the positive feelings generated by receiving any type of card, but particularly one for Christmas are good for your health and wellbeing.
The custom of sending Christmas cards was started in the UK in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole. Before this time, people used to send private notes wishing Merry Christmas, this was also done for births and to wish a happy new year. Henry was a senior civil servant who had helped set up the new ‘Public Record Office’ (now called the Post Office), where he was an Assistant Keeper. He was a very busy man and did not have the time to write personal messages for Christmas, but still wanted to send his Christmas wishes.
Sir Henry hired an artist called John Calcott Horsley and asked him to design a card, which he did. The card created had three panels. The outer two panels showed hand-drawn images of people caring for the poor and in the centre panel was a family having a large Christmas dinner!
It also had some religious symbols on it too, for example, sprigs of holly symbolize chastity, while ivy symbolizes places God had walked.
The message underneath the picture was “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you.”
There were only one thousand of these cards printed and sold in only a few stores in London, apparently, only one of the original cards still exists today.
In late Victorian times, robins and snow scenes became popular on cards. Nowadays, cards have all sorts of pictures and messages on them.
Over time with a huge improvement in digital design, there are now thousands of talented designers lining up to be featured in retail stores, as well as a host of timeless homemade designs too.
Women Talking looks at a selection of their favourite greeting’s cards:
Just Cards by Millennium Milli
Here we have a beautiful collection of handmade quilled cards. Available to buy on Etsy. Millennium Milli has used a very old paper art technique called quilling that involves the use of small strips of paper that are rolled, looped, curled, twisted, and otherwise manipulated to create shapes that are glued together to form decorative designs.
The cards and envelopes are made from recycled paper and the clear biodegradable and compostable outer bag is made from corn starch. She has also used a variety of silicone stamps to create a border that complement each design.
You’ve Got Pen on Your Face
These cards are designed by illustrator Frankie Nicholas. Frankie’s journey began in Russia in 2016 when a small collection of her cards first sat on the shelves of a few independent shops in Moscow. Four years later, a relocation to Pembrokeshire gave way to retailing an ever-growing collection, of cards, gift wrap and prints, which are now stocked in over 80 shops worldwide.
Her designs are bold, fun, and sentimental beautifully presented and high quality.
‘Hatty Boots’ specialises in sourcing greetings cards from the very best of the many creative UK artists.
They have more than 1000 quality paper and card greeting cards to choose from, many of which are handcrafted, embossed, and embellished.
Many of these creations are not widely available from other vendors. They are generally sourced from small independent designers and publishers to offer the best choice in greetings cards available online in the UK.
For those of you who are unable to send a card, or time is not on your side, we have an alternative, which is eco-friendly, saving you time and money.
Paperless Post is an online card ordering service, that makes choosing cards, flyers, and invitation so quick and simple with designs for every occasion, even I have no reason to miss an event again.
Just create an account online, choose your occasion and select your template.
You can add a personal touch to your design by uploading a photo as well as music, a backdrop and editing the text to match your event. There is even the opportunity to customise your envelope and envelope liner for your special creation if you so desire.