‘Tis the Season for Holiday Cards

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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It’s that time of year! The time when your winter coat becomes an everyday accessory. When locating parking at the mall feels more like a game of Where’s Waldo. It’s also about the time when your mailbox begins to fill up with holiday cards.

Did you know, in 1843 the first commercially produced holiday (or Christmas) cards were commissioned by Sir Henry Cole (the mind behind the Penny Post) and illustrated by John Callcott Horsley¹? The card featured three generations of a family raising a toast and images of charity like providing food and clothing to the poor.

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The world’s first commercially produced Christmas card, designed by John Callcott Horsley for Henry Cole in 1843.

In recent years, the holiday card phenomena has grown. According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1.6 billion holiday cards are purchased each year in the U.S ². That’s a lot! 

Now onto the biggest struggle – what to do when you receive a card from friends or family?

– Grab a magnet and stick it on your refrigerator?

– Find some string and clothespins and hang it up?

– Place it someplace on the counter? You know, the classic beginning of a card stack?

– Fling it into the recycle bin.

Be honest. The last one is probably the first thing that comes to mind before instantly being overwhelmed with guilt. 

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Well, we have a better solution. Head straight to your trusted ScanSnap iX100 or iX500. Place the card in the tray. Take a deep breath and click the blue button. Here’s the best part…if you’ve already downloaded ScanSnap Cloud the card will instantly go to your Cloud service of choice.

And there you have it. The perfect resolution to ensure you preserve all of the thoughtfulness of your loved ones while keeping your house clean and organized.

Happy holidays!

Sources:
1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_card
2. http://www.wsj.com/articles/on-the-birth-of-the-christmas-card-1481070320