Seasons Greetings

20 Dec Seasons Greetings

I have always been interested in the origins of traditions. Be it a family tradition, local tradition, or holiday tradition, if it has a story behind it, I want to hear it!

Since it’s the holiday season, I was curious about the tradition of sending holiday cards. Usually when I start researching a tradition, I find mostly lore. Not this time! The first holiday card was sent in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole. In Victorian England, it was typical to send a New Year’s letter to friends and family. Sir Cole could not find the time to reply to all of his holiday correspondence, which would have been extremely rude, so he commissioned a postcard to send instead. Below is a picture of Sir Cole’s holiday card. As you can see, all Sir Cole had to do was write in his friend’s name and sign his own! I recommend reading Smithsonian Magazine’s article, “The History of the Christmas Card”, if you’d like to learn more on this subject.

First Christmas Card

Each month library staff visit assisted living facilities and present on a variety of topics. December’s topic is — you guessed it — Seasons Greetings! If you are interested in having the Library visit your facility, or learning more about these visits, you can call the Library at 219-362-6156, option 4. You can also visit the Outreach Services page on our website.