Turn off the radio, pull the plug on the television, silence your phones, and take a few minutes and contemplate one of the oldest holiday traditions -“Sending a Christmas Card.” John Callcott Horsley illustrated the first Christmas Card for Sir Henry Cole in 1843 in the United Kingdom. This single act created a worldwide multi-million industry.
“Who still sends Christmas Cards?” Many individuals and businesses continue this custom of sending an individual greeting to family members and clients. Some enterprising card companies have branched off with e-cards for technology fans.
But, lets get back to the art and meaning of sending a Christmas Card. The individual who sent you the card selected it. Hand wrote or made labels for the envelope, signed their name, and possibly added a note. This is the essence of a card – time. The time it took to “write out” the cards. You see the gift of time is cherished. The receiver of a Christmas Card appreciates the time and effort the sender put into delivering their greeting, not to mention the expense.
It is a very civil act of kindness. A genuine expression of consideration and time sent from one person to another. America needs the Christmas Card and more civil acts of kindness. Connect to your technology and find out where to buy a box of cards for your close family members and friends.