Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Card Trivia on a Flashback Friday!



'Tis the season...for holiday cards! Let's test your musical holiday knowledge! How many of you recall this Christmas classic song? 


"Greeting cards have all been sent 
The Christmas rush is through 
But I still have one wish to make 
A special one for you 
Merry Christmas darling..."

I bet you are humming that tune now!

I am a little late to my own blog hop this week, but it's never too late as you can join in all week with any special memories you may like to share! My special FiveSibes Flashback Friday photo up top is from a few years back when my boys, Wolf and big brother Gibson, joined me in opening up the many wonderful cards sent to us by their fans and friends (they actually receive way more cards than we get)! Since my mother and Gibson's passing, and now with my father-in-law just a month ago, we are taking a respite from sending cards, but do look forward to hopefully once again joining in this wonderful tradition next year. For this year, we will be posting a card online a little later on with our warmest wishes to all our wonderful friends we have been so fortunate to meet here on Blogville, from my "The Sibe Vibe" radio show, and through our FiveSibes social media. We are truly blessed to have made so many wonderful connections through our beloved pets!



Honestly, my FiveSibes always seem to know when it is the holiday season and have always loved to join in on the fun of opening cards! (I think they may have caught a few whiffs of their furpals' scent, too, on them causing them to be extra excited)! I especially love the above photo because my Gibson was here with us, and he was always such a character! In eight more days, he will have been at the Rainbow Bridge for two years. I still cannot believe it has been that long...in some respects it feels like he has been away for way too long, and in some ways, just yesterday. Time is strange like that, isn't it? But oh, how he loved the holidays...and those memories bring me joy, as do all the precious moments of making memories with all of my FiveSibes family!

So did you guess the song and who sang it? If you guessed "Merry Christmas, Darling" by The Carpenters, you were right!



Also as part of today's Flashback Friday, I'm re-sharing some Christmas Card trivia from 2014! Ready? Here we go!


The origins of greeting cards began in the 14th century as wood-block printed New Year’s cards from Germany. 

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The first Christmas greeting cards, called "Christmas Pieces," were of made by English schoolchildren in the 18th Century to bring home to their parents.

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The modern Christmas card as we know it, was first designed by artist John Calcott Horsley for his friend Sir Henry Cole.

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Sir Henry Cole started the custom of sending Christmas cards in the United Kingdom in 1843. Cole, who was a civil servant was apparently fascinated by the new public postal system and he wanted to come up with a way it could be used more by the people.

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Due to the card's popularity, a year later saw the first "mass production" of the Christmas card when 1,000 cards were printed and sold for one schilling apiece.

Sending of the Christmas cards became popular, aided by the fact that the Postal Act of 1840 allowed people to send the cards to family and friends anywhere in the United Kingdom for a "penny post," a cost of just one penny each. This became even more popular in 1870 when the cost to send a greeting dropped in price to a halfpenny.

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The first American greeting cards were printed in Boston, Massachusetts by lithographer Louis Prang, a Prussian immigrant, in 1875 with the simple greeting 
"Merry Christmas." 

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The first - and still the most popular today - greeting on a Christmas card is "A Merry Christmas and a 
Happy New Year to you." 





Do you have a photo from your pet's past that you'd like to share? Come stroll down Memory Lane with us here at FiveSibes and join in our Flashback Friday blog hop (we are open all week, so join in any time)! Just post your pic on your blog, grab our badge from below (yes, that's Gibson & little bro, pupster Wolfie!) & link to our blog, then join the blog hop below so others can come visit and see your flashback photos, too! A fun way to relive past fun times with our pets, present and past, and a great way to kick off a weekend! (To see past posts, put "Flashback Friday" in our Search bar at top of blog). We hope you'll join us for some Friday fun!

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We are also joining in the Pet Parade hosted by Rascal & Rocco, , Bionic Basil, and  Barking from the Bayou
Be sure to hop on over and check out their blogs, too!


6 comments:

  1. That was some fascinating background on Christmas cards! For some reason this year I'm having a hard time getting int he spirit of the holiday and need to get going if cards are to be mailed out! 🎅🏻

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    1. Thank you! I just love fun facts! We are doing online greetings this year, as my father-in-law just passed, but hopefully, next year will be back to traditional cards. Happy Howlidays!

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  2. Thank you for all the info on cards. We have been doing e-cards to our blogging pals for a few years now.

    Sending you wished for a very happy and blessed Christmas.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

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    1. I just love fun and interesting history of things! We are doing an online greeting this year as it's been a tough few years, and with my father-in-law just passing. Hopefully, we will be back to traditional cards, digital or hard copy, next year!

      Wishing you all a very, Merry Christmas and here is to a happy and healthy 2018 for all! xo

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  3. That was a cool Christmas flashback!

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    1. Thanks so much! I think they enjoy the cards as much as I do! Happy Holidays!

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