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  • Christmas is the largest card-sending holiday in the United States, with approximately 1.3 billion cards sent to friends and loved ones every year.
  • According to Hallmark research, consumers say they always participate in the following activities during the holiday season: 98% wrap presents, 90% decorate inside their homes, 88% decorate a Christmas tree, and 85% send Christmas cards, letters or photos.
  • Hallmark made its first Christmas cards in 1915, five years after the founding of the company.
  • Hallmark is credited with founding the modern-day gift wrap industry in 1917.

Holiday History

Always celebrated December 25

Christmas is a Christian holiday celebrated around the world commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. In the third century, efforts were made to find out the date of the Nativity, but only in the year 336 A.D. was the date of the Dec. 25 festival set in commemoration of Jesus’ birth. Pope Julius formally selected Dec. 25 as the day of Christmas in 349 A.D.

Roman Catholics, Lutherans, members of the Dutch Reformed and Anglican churches, and those of the German sects were most responsible for establishing Christmas traditions in America. Christmas customs spread with the westward expansion of the United States and by the late 1800s had become firmly entrenched in American society.

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