The tradition of sending cards at Christmas is widespread in the English speaking world. Here are some Fun Facts about Christmas cards determined by a printing company in 2010:
1.5 billion cards were sent in the US compared to 679 million in the UK.
45% of all cards sent are Christmas cards.
Only 15% of the Christmas cards are bought by men.
The first Christmas card was designed and printed in 1843 by a civil servant in the Post Office, Sir Henry Cole, and an artist, John Callcott Horseley.
The most expensive Christmas card sold at an auction for £22,500 . It was from 1843, sent by Sir Henry Cole to his grandmother.
The most cards ever sent by one person in a year is 62,824 - enough to cover a football field.
In the UK an estimated £50m is raised by Christmas cards for charity each year.
The average American family spends about (£24) on Christmas cards each year. The average British family spends about (£14).