|The first Christmas card, created by Henry Cole, in Victorian London 1843.|
I have made my Christmas letter, which this year is a run-down of the history of the Christmas card, which begins in Victorian England in 1843. I can't stop being a historian, evidently, even in the holidays. Before that the tradition was to write Christmas letters (see, this isn't a contemporary phenomenon at all). The fellow who came up with the concept of the Christmas card was a fellow with too many friends: he simply couldn't write a letter to them all.
There are many illos in my Christmas letter of Christmas cards in Victorian England and the U.S., and more modern ones. It's 6 pages long but printed on both sides, so it's only three sheets of paper. I enjoyed doing this so much that I'm even enjoying addressing the envelopes. I even enjoyed going out to find Christmas cards into which to put the Christmas letter, even though it's 62 degrees and dark dark dark with pouring rain.