Where did Christmas cards originate?
Natalie Peters (1817-1903), a British narrative painter and a Royal Academician, designed the first Christmas and New Year's card at the suggestion and request of her friend Sir Henry Cole (the first director of the Victoria and Albert Museum). In 1843 (three years after the card was designed) an edition of 1,000 of these Christmas cards was placed on sale in London for 1s per card. The Christmas card shows a family party in progress, beneath which is the greeting, "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You."
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Answer . The custom of sending Christmas cards started in Britain in 1840 when the first 'Penny Post' public postal deliveries began. (Helped by the new railway system, the… public postal service was the 19th century's communication revolution, just as email is for us today.) As printing methods improved, Christmas cards were produced in large numbers from about 1860. They became even more popular in Britain when a card could be posted in an unsealed envelope for one half-penny - half the price of an ordinary letter. \n. \nTraditionally, Christmas cards showed religious pictures - Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, or other parts of the Christmas story. Today, pictures are often jokes, winter pictures, Father Christmas, or romantic scenes of life in past times.\n.
Answer : When Christianity spread throughout the Roman Empire, Christians did not obliterate pagan symbols or celebrations but, out of respect for the people, adapted them… to Christian thought or usage e.g. pagan temples became Christian churches and pagan feasts became celebrations of Christian saints or Christ. Christmas is celebrated on December 25th, which is very close to the winter solstice. Many pagan cultures had festivals (even regarding the sun) around the time of the winter solstice e.g. the Viking celebration of Yule in late December. Early Christians simply used these established, and well-loved, festivals to celebrate the birth of THE Son, Christ. Another Answer: Contrary to the above answer, Christians did replace pagan symbols and celebrations. That was the whole point. In the first couple of centuries of the Christian church, Christianity existed alongside pagan religions including that of Rome, although most Christianity was practiced in secret for fear of persecution. According to an old Judaeo-Christian tradition, March 25th was supposed to have been the date for 'Creation'. The early Christian writer Sextus Julius Africanus (220 A.D.) thought this dating quite possible and suggested that Christ therefore became incarnate on that date. According to Julius, since Jesus became incarnate from the moment of his conception, this meant that, after nine months in Mary's womb, Jesus would have to be born on December 25 th. It wasn't until the 18th century that other possibilities were put forward. These included having Christmas on December 25th to coincide with the winter solstice or the festival of Saturnalia. However, as the solstice is on 21st December and Saturnalia usually began on the 17th and lasted no more than a few days, so neither of these dates seem to coincide with 25th December. Nevertheless, when Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century, the Christian festival of Christmas totally replaced the festival of Saturnalia and the pagan rites surrounding the sun-worship and the solstice. For the same reasons ancient churches were often built on old pagan sites of worship so that it could be seen that Christianity had categorically replaced the old pagan religions rather than adopting pagan customs or sitting alongside pagan religions. Where old customs were difficult to replace, Christianity 'Christianized' these rather than ban them outright. As an example, at the solstice (and at Saturnalia) it was the custom in England to bring into the house the three most common indigenous plants that were thought of as somehow 'magical' (because they were poisonous and also by the fact that they did not shed their leaves in winter). These were holly, ivy and mistletoe. However, the Church Christianized holly (saying that its leaves represented Christ's crown of thorns and the berries his drops of blood) and the ivy plant (saying that its three-part leaves represented the Trinity). The mistletoe, however, was never given a Christian symbol, and so it is still not used in Christian Churches as a decoration to this day as it is a purely pagan symbol rather than a Christianized one. Of course, Jesus was not really born on December 25th. We know this for certain as we are told in the Bible that the shepherds were in the fields the night he was born - not an option in winter! But nevertheless, because of the history of December 25th being accepted by Sextus Julius Africanus, we still celebrate the birth of Christ on this date to this day.
At the birth of Christ, about 2000 years ago.
Christmas is the Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. The first mention of the celebration of Christmas occurred in AD 336, in an early Roman calendar,… which indicates December 25, as the day of observance. Although no one knows the actual day of birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas Day is when it is observed. The celebration is believed to have been influenced by pagan (unchristian) festivals at that time. The ancient Romans held year-end celebrations to honor Saturn, their harvest god; and Mithras, the god of light. As part of the celebrations, the people prepared special foods, decorated their homes with greenery, and joined in singing and gift giving. By the late 300's, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. By 1100, Christmas had become the most important religious festival in Europe, and Saint Nicholas was a symbol of gift giving in many European countries. Then, the holiday began to spread around to other parts of the world, including North America, and the rest is history. Christmas is a holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, 2000+ years ago. Through the years the way the holiday has changed based on what country and traditions were in a certain region of the world. Bavaria is the source of most of American's typical traditions of having a Christmas tree and giving gifts (like the three kings gave to Jesus) It was a man named St. Nicholas. He was very rich because he was the som of the Pope (I believe he was the Pope's son) When the Pope died, he became the Pope, and was filthy rich. Bad part was, he was to live a humble life for God. So when he was walking past a house of a poor man, whos daughter was complaining about how he wasn't rich enough to get her married. Back in those days, a father had to pay a sum of money to the groom. It was what most men and women needed to start a family. So Nicholas decided to drop a bag of coins into the house. The next morning, he saw the look on the daughters face as she profusely thanked her father. her father said he had no idea where the money came from. But then the next day, The second daughter was complaining about how she wanted to get married to, and why he had only paid the first daughter for her marrage. Nicholas heard this. SO he dropped a bag of coins through the window that night. The next morning, the second daughter thanked her father and went out to get married. But yet again the third daughter was whining because her older sisters had gotten married, and she had wanted to marry her sweetheart to. She hung her stockings by the fire and went to bed. And that night Nicholas came back. But the father decided to hide in the bushes and find out who was doing this. The father was so noisy that Nicholas heard him far away. So he went up on the roof and dropped the bag of gold down the chimney. It landed right into the stocking. HE would of gotten away without anyone noticing, but his red Pope's robe was hard to miss and the father spotted him. That's how Christmas started.
The origin of Christmas goes back to the Roman empire. Festivalshonoring two pagan gods- the Roman Sol and the Persian Mithra werecelebrated on Dec. 25, which was the winter S…olstice. The paganfestivals became a "Christian" holiday in the year 350. This wasthe year that Pope Julius I declared Dec. 25 to be Christ'sbirthday. Historically, the Roman Saturnalian festivals began onDec 17 and ended on Dec 24. They involved banqueting, feasting,heavy drinking, gift giving, and riotous behavior. In reality,Christmas is based on a pagan holiday which Christians adopted.
The custom of sending Christmas cards started in Victorian England. Earlier, some adults had written Christmas letters. But letters took time to write; and people wanting t…o share season's greetings with many others had a daunting task.
The first Christmas card was designed by John Horsley in 1843 following a commission from Sir Henry Cole. some time in the 1800s sorry i don't know the precise date
The first commercial Christmas cards were commissioned by Sir Henry Cole in London in 1843.
it originates from deep inside you, inside your heart. It doesnt matter whats true or not, what you believe should be good for you :)
The custom of sending Christmas cards started in the U.K. in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole.
Romans first introduced the holiday of saturnalia, a week long period of lawlessness celebrated between December 1 7-25 . During this time of December 25th Romans believed tha…t they were destroying the forces of darkness by brutally murdering a innocent man or woman.
Mary was a young woman who was engaged to be married to a man called Joseph . The Gospel of Luke says that an angel came to Mary to tell her that she would give birth to a …Son and she should call him Jesus and that he would save people from their sins .Mary said "How can this happen? I am a virgin!" The angel said "With God, anything can happen!"When Joseph found out that Mary was pregnant, he thought about what he should do. If he married her, he would be unclean. He decided to privately break the engagement. But then he had a dream. An angel told him that the baby was the Son of God .At this time, the Roman Emperor , Caesar Augustus , made a law that everyone in the Roman Empire must pay tax. Everyone had to go back to the town that their family came from, to have their name put on the tax lists. Joseph came from Bethlehem , which was called The City of David . Joseph took Mary to Bethlehem and she gave birth to the baby, Jesus , in an animal shed, because there was no room for them.
In 1843, Sir Henry commissioned John Calcott Horsley to paint the feeding and clothing of the poor. This was the first Christmas card painted & it is tradition to send Christm…as cards to those who need prayer and blessings during the Christian celebrated Christmas season.
In Holidays and Traditions
To celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ
In Holidays and Traditions
The birth of Jesus Christ.
The first Christmas card was designed by J. C. Horsley in 1843. One thousand copies were printed and mailed. One reason the tradition caught on was due to the small price of s…ending a greeting. At the time, in England, it cost only a penny.
It depends on the religion. Christians believe that christmassymbolises the birthday of Jesus Christ.