Since I don’t have a scanner, I am typing these in html. Takes ahile. But I will persevere through the end of the Christmas Season. Thanks for your patience.
Friday, December 14, Second Week in Advent
The custom of sending Christmas cards began in England in 1843 when Sir Henry Cole sent some cards to friends at Christmastime. These were not like todays cards with Christmas or winter scenes. They depicted good deeds such as giving food and clothing to those in need.
The first American cards were made in 1875 by Louis Prang, a German-born painter. These were more along the lines of the kind in use today. He helped popularize cards by holding contests each year for the best designs.
Which is more important the picture on the card, or the text inside? According to Hallmark, it isnt even a close call. Its the text by a mile.
Speaking of miles, in the United States, over 2 billion Christmas cards are sent each year. To put in perspective if average-sized cards were place side by side, they would stretch around the world six times.