The First Christmas Card, 1843

The article from the Independent, UK, connects both the first Christmas card (1843) and Jingle Bells to drunkenness and encouraging intemperance.  This was in the heyday of the temperance movement.  They also suggest that Americans would not know what Christmas pudding or Christmas crackers were.   Don’t you think most Canadians would know



The first Christmas card was not an instant success, even bringing about disapproval from the temperance league who feared the card would encourage drunkenness. The following year there were other picture-makers, and the Christmas card was launched on the tide of popular favor; but it was not until the idea had grown out of favor among artistic and literary circles that it was taken up by a business man, Goodall. Charles Goodall & Son, a British publisher of visiting cards was one of the first to mass produce Christmas cards and visiting cards. In 1866 Mr. Josiah Goodall commissioned Messrs. Marcus Ward & Co., of Belfast, to lithograph, for his firm, a set of four designs by C. H. Bennett, and in the following year another set by the same artist. These, together with Luke Limner’s border design of holly, mistletoe, and robins, may be taken as the forerunners of today’s Christmas card.

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