Christmas cards have been sent in the UK since 1840, when postal deliveries began. Traditionally, scenes on the card were religious, but more and more the religious images are being replaced by cute images such as santas, reindeers and snowmen. Each year, about 1.9 billion Christmas cards are sent by Americans, and 1 billion by Britons.
These cards can be recycled, so do watch out for recycling bins, rather than throwing them in with ordinary waste. Another fun way to recycle your cards is to cut out pictures and scenes, remove decorations, and use these to craft your own Christmas cards.
With the advent of the internet, many people have taken to sending cards electronically, known as e-cards, rather than sending a physical card. As well as helping the environment, this also saves on the cost of buying cards, and on postage. Decorating rooms with cards sent by family, friends and neighbours, however, is still a huge Christmas tradition.