I really enjoy the custom of sending Xmas cards. When we were first married 50 years ago, I would send out a lot of cards. Today the list has dwindled down to under 30 because people just do not send them like they used to.
Xmas cards originated in England by Sir Henry Cole, he was the director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Each year he would send Christmas messages to his family and friends and decided it would be better to produce a card instead of all the different letters. The artist John Horsley created a design and Sir Henry approved and the first Xmas card was sent.
On each side there is a design of people helping others in the season. The middle shows a group of people of enjoying a day together.
It didn't catch on right away but by 1880 the post office was warning card senders to get an early start mailing.
Xmas cards show so many themes, are yours snowmen, snowy cabins, holiday streets or maybe the manger scene. I think we have sent every design you can think of. Lots of people today do the photograph family card, I've done that a couple of times.
If I was really dedicated I would design my own card and have it printed on special cardstock--maybe someday.
Hope you received lots of beautiful Xmas cards this year.