Christmas Cards

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Christmas cards, they are awesome when you get loads from your friends and family. They are definitely part of the festive celebrations but where did they come from?

Manor Leas Junior Academy has been sending Christmas Cards to each other around school via their very own post box. Headmaster Mr Greenwood told YJA, “This is something we have been doing it for many years and everyone seems to really like it.”


So many types of Christmas cards are available now it is big business.

Christmas cards were actually invented by Henry Cole in 1843. He commissioned John Callcott Horsley to design it and he even wrote about the collaboration in his diary entry for 17 December 1843, Cole wrote that ‘In the Evening Horsley came & brought his design for Christmas Cards’. Little did Cole know that when he devised the first card that it would turn in to a multi-million pound industry!

It’s a fun and enjoyable way to say Merry Christmas. The children at Manor Leas have been sending them to the friends though the Manor Leas post box again this year. The post box, situated in the ICT suite, is painted bright red, and is starting to get full with cards and well wishes.

Mr Greenwood loves the fact everyone uses the post box saying, “I love Christmas because it’s a time where we can spend time together and be happy and thankful for what we are.” Ruby from the YJA Newsroom agrees and said, “The post box is great, every year you wonder how many cards you might get delivered and when they do drop on your desk it is such a nice feeling.”

Katelyn, Yr 6

Manor Leas Newsroom

2 Responses to Christmas Cards

  1. Sam December 4, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Well done Katelyn!

    I really enjoyed reading this article and I never knew about the history of Christmas cards either.

    YJA Managing Editor

  2. niamh December 4, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    this is great well done