Did you know the above heading was the salutation on the “first ever” Seasons Greetings card?
The tradition was sparked by a Scot. In 1841, Thomas Sturrock of Trinity, Edinburgh did a pen & ink drawing of a chubby cheeked young boy, showed it to his friend Charles Drummond a printer, who then used the picture as publicity for his business.
He had an engraving made and the Yuletide card was displayed in his shop window bearing the above message.
Two years later in 1843, thousands of cards were produced by Sir Henry Cole ( who is attributed to the first Christmas Cards) bearing the simple message, “A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to you”
According to the Scottish Printing Archival Trust, Drummond’s Yuletide card contributed to the Victorian revival of Christmas. One of these cards recently sold for £8,649 at auction. So, check out those boxes that you have left unpacked from your attics.