snowman card to make !
colour your snowman.
Cut out the
card on the heavy black line.
snowman on the dotted line.
holiday message inside.
What is the origin of Christmas
Christmas cards became popular in
Victorian England, but originally they were mostly home made and given to dear
ones. The first card appeared in 1843 and was produced for Sir Henry Cole, the
founder of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Cole was too busy to write his own
greetings, so he asked an artist John Calcott Horsley to draw a card for him.
This early card was a hand colored
print and show a happy family enjoying the holiday spirit of the season. On
either side were depicting acts of Christmas charity: to the left, it show the
poor people being fed and to the right, to give them some warm clothes.
Under appears the now familiar phrase
"A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You", with space at the top to put
the name of the recipient and at the bottom for the name of the sender.
... another curiosity
about Christmas card.
The first charity Christmas card was
produced by UNICEF in 1949. The picture chosen for this card was painted not by
a professional artist, but by a seven year old girl, called Jitka Samkova. She
painted some children dancing around a maypole and she said her picture
represented "joy going round and round".