Behind our today's door we will go a little bit into the tradition of greeting cards at Christmas time. Where do they actually come from originally? Are you planning to send a Christmas greeting? Why not do it this year in the style of the old days?
The first Christmas greetings from England
The first Christmas greeting card probably comes from England. It was sent by the German doctor Michael Maier to King James I of England and his son Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales in 1611.
The words were:
"A greeting on the birthday of the Sacred King, to the most worshipful and energetic lord and most eminent James, King of Great Britain and Ireland, and Defender of the true faith, with a gesture of joyful celebration of the Birthday of the Lord, in most joyand fortune, we enter into the new auspicious year 1612."
From then on Christmas greetings were sent again and again. The first commercial Christmas card was designed by John Callcott Horsley in 1843.
The first commercial Christmas greeting card from 1843