The image above is one of the oldest mass produced Christmas cards. Published in England in 1843, approximately 1,000 copies were originally made, but only ten have survived in modern times. It was a scandal in Victorian England because it features a child drinking wine.
Here’s hoping your holidays will be devoid of scandal and filled with feasting, family and friends!
Click here to learn more about this card and visit our posts below to discover some ancient connections to the holiday season.
- The History of the Holiday Evergreen
- Merry Christmas! The History—and Neuroscience—of Christmas Caroling
- The Pagan Origins of Christmas
- Bon Appetit Wednesday! Hot Spiced Apple Cider
- Bon Appetit Wednesday! Slow-Cooked, Mustard-Crusted Pork Loin
- Bon Appetit Wednesday! St. Nicholas or Santa Claus? A Cookie Is Still As Sweet….
 World’s oldest mass-produced Christmas card in SMU collection. (n.d.). Retrieved December 14, 2014, from http://www.smu.edu/News/NewsIssues/OldestChristmasCard