Today, it is very common to send and receive Christmas cards.  It is one of the most cherished Christmas tradition that helps us keep in contact with friends and family, while also making them feel important to us.  MerryStockings.com have compiled some interesting facts about Christmas cards.  Here are the top 7 things you probably do not know about Christmas cards.

1. Christmas cards are the highest selling seasonal cards, cornering 60% of that market.  Among all cards, Christmas cards sell as high as birthday cards.  This is rather astonishing and shows that the Christmas card market is a lucrative one, considering that:

  • Americans buy around 7 billion greeting cards per year
  • The greeting cards sector is a $7.5 billion industry, and
  • More than 9 out of 10 households buy greeting cards.  The average household buy around 30 cards yearly.

Also, take into consideration that greeting cards can cost from 50 cents to around $10!

2. The average individual gets more than 20 cards per year.  One third of these are birthday cards and another third are Christmas cards!

3. Ninety percent of Americans love getting cards and letters, because it makes them feel special and remembered, while also allowing them to keep in touch.

4. Henry Cole commissioned the first-ever commercial Christmas greeting card in 1843.  The card was designed by John Horsley.

5. Americans had to import Christmas cards from England for the first thirty years.

6. Louis Prang, a German immigrant in the United States, published the first U.S. Christmas cards in 1875.  His business became so successful that he was creating 5 million cards a year by 1881!

7. Hallmark says that more than 1.8 billion Christmas cards are sent out every year, including personalized Christmas cards.  This is more than 10 times more than the 152 million cards sent on Valentine’s Day and 141 million cards sent on Mother’s Day.

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