The tradition of Christmas cards is a story of constant change and stubborn longevity.
For generations experts and the media have predicted Christmas cards would slowly die as a tradition. Instead Christmas cards have persisted as a tradition by changing well with the times.
~ Disputed Origins of Christmas Cards ~
Conventional wisdom, as portrayed by History.com, claims that Christmas cards got their start by an Englishman named Sir Henry Cole when he commissioned the printing of 1000 cards in 1843.
This was the famous image of what many claim is the first Christmas card:
But Wikipedia says the first cards recorded in history is credited to Michael Maier...