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Marjon archive festive facts
by Gillian Fewings - Thursday, 8 December 2016, 10:15 AM

Our students would have been among the first to be able to send a card and buy a certain festive book as a gift for Christmas. Our first students arrived in February 1840, which makes us just a little bit older than Christmas cards (the tradition of sending pictorial festive greetings was started in the UK in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole) and Dickens "A Christmas Carol", which was published in London on December 17th 1843 (It's original title, by the way,  was "A Christmas carol in Prose, being a Ghost Story of Christmas").  The designer of the first card was John Callcott Horsley, brother in law of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The first ever Christmas card did cause some controversy with the temperance societies, as it depicts a small child being given a sip of wine. Both card and book were first released in London, so our students would have had ready access to these new festive trends.