Christmas Cards and Lanterns

Almost every family receives Christmas cards each holiday season. Where did this tradition begin? Why is it such a big part of our Christmas tradition?

The first Christmas cards were sold in London in 1843. They were illustrated by an artist named John Calcott Corsley, and the original card featured an image of a family celebrating Christmas. A total of 2,050 cards were printed and sold for one shilling each. Most people today would not recognize an early English Christmas card. Cards of today feature winter scenes or religious imagery. However, in the late 1800s, cards would have had scenes of fairies or flowers. These types of images were designed to evoke thoughts of the coming spring. The first American Christmas cards were produced by Louis Prang in 1875. Christmas cards continued to grow in popularity, both in America and Europe, over the course of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

As time has progressed, the themes and images have continued to change with the times. Modern Christmas cards can present a menagerie of designs, from dramatic depictions of the nativity, to images of Santa Claus and his reindeer, or perhaps scenic winter nature scenes. Modern technologies such as email and the internet have taken a toll on Christmas card sales.

Because we know that getting a real Christmas card is very special the children in Environmental Club not only learned where they came from but also made them. They also had fun making beautiful lanterns.

Shhhhh. It is a big surprise for every parent! Hopefully they will like them on Christmas Eve.:)

Enjoy all the fun by clicking on the link.

Wishing you peaceful and relaxing holidays.

Ms. Eva

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