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Commissioned by Sir Henry Cole (1808-1883), British illustrator John Callcott Horsley (1817-1903) invented the first Christmas card in 1843.



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Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone.

In 1962, the first Christmas postage stamp was issued in the United States.

Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all retail sales in the U.S.

Most of Santa’s reindeer have male-sounding names, such as Blitzen, Comet, and Cupid. However, male reindeer shed their antlers around Christmas, so the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh are likely not male, but female or castrati.