The most expensive Christmas card ever sent and other records. Interesting yes, but not as interesting as rude Christmas cards surely?
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, filled with Christmas cards, presents, family and friends, rich food and most importantly, manically obsessive people who just love to dive head first into the holiday with reckless abandon. I mean, we all have that one neighbor who decks their home out in thousands of Christmas lights that are perfectly timed to festive carols that play from loud speakers outside their house…
If anything, Christmas is a time for the excessive, for the ridiculous, and for the downright cheesy, so without further ado, here is our rundown of the silliest Christmas record breakers out there:
Christmas cards; you might think they’re just silly old pieces of paper with Santas and reindeer on them, covered in glitter and only sent to make you feel guilty for not sending one back, but did you know that the most expensive Christmas card ever was sold for £20,000 at an auction in Devizes, Wiltshire on 24th November, 2001?
Bought by an anonymous bidder, the Christmas card measured at 13cm x 8cm (5in x 3in) and was sent by Sir Henry Cole to his grandmother in 1843. A hand-coloured card by the London born illustrator John Calcott Horsley, this is considered to be the first Christmas card ever made, and shows a Christmas dinner scene. Not quite one of cardshit.com 's rude Christmas cards such as 'I'd wish you a Merry Christmas but you're a cunt' for example, but still a lovely sentiment. One of only 1000 that were lithographed and sold for a shilling each, this is the Christmas card that started it all!
From the most expensive Christmas card, to the smallest, Professor David Cumming and Dr Qin Chen of Glasgow University produced a card so small that 8,276 of them could be placed on the size of a stamp. Taking 30 minutes to manufacture, the Christmas card is invisible to the naked eye and is only twice as wide as a human hair.
A teeny tiny Christmas card may be quaint, but the world’s biggest selection of Santas is an equally as impressive feat. The record, held by Jean-Guy Laquerre sees the Canadian own a mammoth collection of over 25,104 different items of Santa Claus memorabilia. Last recorded by the Guinness World Book of Records on 30th November 2010, we’d suggest old Laquerre has a fair few more in his collection today.
It may not strictly be about Christmas, but the largest gift ever given is a well-known one, but one that you’d probably never guess! The Statue of Liberty in New York was actually given to the people of America by the people of France in 1866. Built by Gustave Eiffel (of the Eiffel Tower fame), the statue is 305 feet tall and made entirely of bronze. Who knew the French were so generous?
When you think of Christmas it might conjure up images of Scandinavian countries covered in pure-white snow, wooden toys and crackling fires, but surprise, surprise, the tallest artificial Christmas tree on earth was in Mexico City. At 362 feet tall, this tree had over 40 miles of lights around it, and tourists from all over the world journeyed to see it towering over Reforma Avenue. Just think about how much that electricity bill would be?!
From the weird to the wonderful, Christmas brings out the best (and most insane) behaviour in people, and with each new year comes new feats of amazement and wonder, and we here at cardshit.com can’t wait to see what this year brings.