Question: What country did Christmas cards originate in?
Answer: England. The first Christmas card appeared there in 1843 when a British civil servant, Sir Henry Cole, and his artist friend, John Horsley, designed one and sold copies of it for a shilling. That’s only 5p in the British money of today, but a rather expensive price tag then, which meant only the upper classes could afford them. Commercial printing followed, however, which reduced costs and increased production to such an extent that, by 1870, people of all classes were able to exchange cards. The earliest cards were usually of a religious nature, but late Victorian-era cards also depicted Father Christmas, family feasts, snow scenes, and robins. By the 1900s, Christmas cards were popular in Europe and North America as well. It was around this time that the people of Denmark started sealing the envelopes with decorative seals or stickers in support of various charities, a practice that is now common in many countries.