22 December 2007

Christmas Cards



So each year Doba gets an abundance of Christmas cards from our suppliers, partners, and other service providers. Some are addressed to specific people, but most are addressed just to "Doba". So they end up in my pile of mail, delivered to my desk by Jayni. I tape them to my door so the whole office can enjoy them throughout the holiday season. My question is what does everyone else do with these?

My Mom, the creative queen, used to save them, take them apart and make scrapbook pages, new cards, or other various things out of them. I don't want to sound like a Scrooge, (my sisters would argue that not only do I sound like him but I am in fact, Scrooge himself) but I'm guessing most look at the card and then immediately put it in the garbage. Is this true? And if it is why on earth do we even send them?

I did some research and according to what I found the first Christmas card was created and sent in 1843. John Calcott Horsely painted the first Christmas card for Sir Henry Cole, a British businessman who had so many Christmas greetings to send hand writing them seemed impossible. The card depicted a typical English family drinking wine together and said "Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to You". 1000 cards were printed and sold for 1 shilling each. Eventually the trend was set and now the whole world sends them.

Anyway, despite what my sisters think, I am not Scrooge and one day when I have a family of my own we'll send out Christmas cards with pictures to everyone! And none of you better throw them away! ....until New Year's, then you have my permission.

1 comment:

linds said...

did you move offices?

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