The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver 20 billion letters, packages and cards in the few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Aaccording to the U.S.P.S., today (December 20) is the busiest delivery day of the holiday season (the busiest mailing day was Monday, December 18).
Christmas is the largest card-sending holiday, with consumers sending nearly 2 billion cards to friends and family this year, according to Hallmark. (Valentine’s Day is the second largest with 1 billion cards sent, followed by Mother’s Day with 150 million.)
According to Hallmark, Christmas cards originated in England in 1843, when Sir Henry Cole commissioned artist John Calcott Horsley to design a card to send to family and friends. Christmas cards were introduced to America in 1875, when German immigrant and lithographer Louis Prang printed a card with roses and the phrase “Merry Christmas” on it.
Use this link to see the first Christmas card.