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The Post Of Christmas Past

 

Posted At: 19 December 2008 13:15 PM
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Though more and more retailers use couriers for their home deliveries, a good many still use good old Royal Mail. Whether or not Royal Mail perform their function well or not is a matter of debate, but you do have to ask yourself what would happen to all your stress free online purchases if the men in red didn’t exist...

True to the advent calendar blog form, some post-based Christmas facts for you:

-The world’s first Christmas card was sent in 1843 – the same year that Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol

-In 1843, 1000 Christmas cards were made. In 2005, 744 million Christmas cards were delivered by Royal Mail

-On early cards Father Christmas was dressed in green, as he was seen more as the spirit of winter

-Until 1878, Valentine’s cards were more popular than Christmas cards.

-Over 17 thousand million Christmas stamps have been printed in Britain since the first ones (designed by children) in 1966

-Post was last delivered on Christmas Day in England in 1960 (Scotland 1966)

And finally...

-The first ‘post early for Christmas’ instruction was issued in 1881

This year, the last postal date for first class cards to reach their destination on time is the 20th. Let’s hope your presents make it in time...I wonder who you’ll blame if they don’t!

PS: Yes, yes, I know I've been a bit lax on the posts the last week or so, not managing to keep up with my one-a-day target (even with some help from other members of the team) but give me a break! It was the annual FSP office Christmas shindig on Tuesday night so Wednesday was a complete write off, and my birthday yesterday so today's not looking too great either...but what can I say, a girls allowed a little bit of down time, surely!! And I'm always looking for blog ideas...any suggestions, send em my way (please!!): lorraine@fspretail.co.uk! Thanks!

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