A Christmas Card SVG is a greeting card sent as part of a traditional Christmas celebration to convey feelings about Christmas holidays.
Christmas Card SVG Description
Christmas cards are usually sent to each other during the weeks leading up to Christmas by many people (including non-Christians) in Western society and Asia.
The postcards include traditional Christmas text; for example, in English-speaking countries, it has the following content: “Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”. There are countless options for this: many postcards express more religious feelings or contain a verse, prayer, or Bible text, while others are not of a religious nature and contain a general greeting, which may sound like “Season’s greetings” in English.
Christmas cards are usually made industrially and purchased on the occasion of this holiday. The design can be directly related to the birth of Christ and can contain images of the Nativity of Christ or Christian symbols such as the Bethlehem star or white dove, embodying both the Holy Spirit and the world.
Many Christmas cards are secular and depict objects traditionally associated with Christmas holidays, such as Christmas characters (e.g., Santa Claus, snowmen, Santa Claus deer, objects), associated with Christmas (candles, hollywood toys, Christmas trees, Christmas shopping, carols, parties, etc.) or other aspects of this season (snow, flora and fauna of the northern winter). Some secular postcards depict nostalgic scenes from the past, such as female customers wearing crinoline skirts on the streets of the 19th century. Other Christmas cards are humorous, especially those depicting the pranks of Santa Claus and his entourage.
Christmas Card SVG History
The first commercial Christmas cards were issued by Henry Cole in London on May 1, 1843, with an illustration by John Horsley. The centerpiece of the image shows three generations of family toast to the recipient of the postcard: on both sides are charitable sketches with food and clothing for the poor. The image of a family drinking wine together was probably controversial, but the idea was practical: Cole had helped to create a penny mail three years earlier. Two lots of postcards were printed with a total of 2050 pieces, which were sold the same year in shillinggukaza.
The first English postcards rarely depicted winter or religious subjects, but instead preferred flowers, fairies and other fairy-tale drawings that reminded the recipient of the approaching spring. Humorous and sentimental images of children and animals were popular, as well as increasingly complex forms, decorations and materials. On Christmas Day 1873, the lithographic company Prang and Moweg began to produce greeting cards for the popular market in England. The company started selling Christmas cards in America in 1874, becoming the first printing house to offer cards in America. Its owner, Louis Prang, is sometimes called the “father of an American Christmas card. By the 1880s, Prang produced more than five million postcards a year by chromolithography. However, the popularity of his postcards led to cheap imitations that eventually displaced him from the market. The invention of the postcard marked the end of the intricate Victorian postcards, but by the 1920s the postcards with envelopes had returned. Laura Seddon Greeting Card Collection from Manchester City University features 32,000 Victorian and Edwardian greeting cards printed by major publishers at the time, including the first industrially produced UK Christmas card.
The production of Christmas cards was a profitable business for many stationery manufacturers throughout the 20th century, and the design of the cards was constantly changing with changing tastes and printing techniques. The now well known Hallmark Cards brand was founded in 1913 by Joyce Hall with the help of Rollie Hall’s brother to sell his own Christmas cards. The Hall brothers took advantage of the growing demand for more personalized greeting cards and achieved a decisive success when, with the outbreak of World War I, the need for postcards to be sent to soldiers increased. World Wars generated patriotic postcards. In the 1950s, original art postcards (“studio cards”) with cartoon illustrations and sometimes risky humor became fashionable. Images of nostalgic, sentimental and religious nature have retained their popularity and in the XXI century it is easy to get reproductions of Victorian and Edwardian postcards. Modern Christmas cards can be purchased separately, as well as sets of the same drawing or different drawings. In recent decades, technological advances have probably been responsible for reducing demand for Christmas cards. Estimated number of cards received by US households decreased from 29 in 1987 to 20 in 2004. E-mail and telephones facilitate more frequent contact and are easier to handle for generations that have grown up without handwritten letters – especially given the availability of websites offering free Christmas cards. Despite this decline, 1.9 billion cards were shipped to the United States in 2005 alone. Some card makers now offer electronic cards (E-cards). In the UK, Christmas cards account for almost half of greeting card sales, with over 668.9 million Christmas cards sold during the 2008 holiday season.
In mainly non-religious countries (e.g. the Czech Republic), these cards are called New Year’s cards, but they are sent out before Christmas, and the main emphasis (drawing, texts) is on New Year’s Eve, without religious symbols.