Christmas Seals Discover the Christmas custom, story, myth and legend associated with
Christmas Seals. This festive tradition and Christmas custom, with its familiar symbol and meaning, has evolved over time. But what is the history, meaning
and origin of Christmas Seals? This
article provides facts and information about the history of
as a familiar symbol, tradition and Christmas custom.
Christmas Seals? What are Christmas Seals? Definition: Christmas Seals are
stickers placed on mail during the
festive season to raise funds for charitable programs.
Christmas Seals are referred to as 'Cinderella stamps' which are
defined as "Virtually anything resembling a postage stamp, but not
issued for postal purposes by a government postal
US Christmas Seal
Custom, Origin and History of Christmas Seals - 1903 The Xmas custom of attaching Christmas Seals to mail
started in Denmark in 1903. A Danish postman called Einar Holboell
was sorting piles of Xmas mail in a post office just outside
Copenhagen. Einar Holboell was a compassionate man and moved by the
plight of poor children and less fortunate people than himself.
Sorting the mail it occurred to him that every Xmas letter, or Xmas
parcel, could carry an extra stamp and the proceeds of the stamp
could go to charity. This simple idea had the potential to raise
large sums of money for charity from small donations that would cost
very little. Einar Holboell explained his idea to his colleagues who
were as enthusiastic as he was. Unfortunately there was not enough
time to put the idea into action for Xmas 1903.
Custom, Origin and History of Christmas Seals - 1904 The Xmas custom of attaching Christmas Seals to mail
started in earnest in 1904. The postal workers worked on a design
and financial projections. The idea was so good that they went to
the king of Denmark and outlined their scheme. King Christian IX
gave the idea his 'seal of approval' added his own suggestion. King
Christian suggested that that the first issue of Christmas seals
should carry a picture of Queen Louise as a sign that he and his
wife fully endorsed the idea. The Christmas seals were launched in
time for Xmas of 1904 and the campaign was even more successful than
the postmen had hoped. Four million of the Christmas Seals were sold
in Denmark in December 1904.
- The Charities
The funds raised from the sales of Christmas Seals in
1904 and then 1905 were donated to charities for children and also
for charities who helped people with tuberculosis. Two hospitals for treatment
of tuberculosis children were built due to the charitable donations
of ordinary citizens.
idea - Stamp out tuberculosis! Norway and Sweden
followed Denmark in 1906 and offered the festive stickers to their
people. Once again the Christmas Seals were a great success. In 1907
news of the idea for Christmas Seals reached North America. Dr.
Joseph P. Wales desperately needed $300 to help his patients with
tuberculosis and he asked his cousin, Emily Bissell, to help
to raise the money. Emily Bissell remembered a magazine article sent
to her by Jacob Riis, a Danish American, telling about how the
Danish people had begun to fight tuberculosis by buying Christmas
Seals to decorate their Xmas letters and parcels. Many people
objected to the idea but eventually Miss Bissell caught the
imagination of a newspaper and with the slogan 'Stamp out
tuberculosis!" they sold the Christmas Seals with their newspapers.
The festive sticker campaign was a great success in America and the
following year a similar Christmas Seals campaign was adopted by
Christmas Seals idea
continues... Christmas Seal funds are now
used for research into ways and means of preventing and treating
respiratory diseases. Money raised from the sale of Christmas Seals
is also used for the operation of community programs.
Christmas Seals Xmas is
celebrated worldwide, throughout the Christian population of
2275 million people,
but is also celebrated by many non-Christians as a secular, cultural
festival. A Xmas custom or tradition is symbolized by a familiar symbol or icon, such as
Xmas Seals, have come to represent the spirit
and meaning of this special time of the year.
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Christmas, have a happy and prosperous