Posted: 08/12/2014 at 09:14
Christmas cards are an evolution of visiting/calling cards which developed from the early 18th century. There was etiquette over which side of the card was turned up or down, if it was reciprocated and if that was in an envelope or not.
Christmas trees came to the UK via Prince Albert after the German tradition.
Christmas day as a day off and celebration much more recent (1958). In Scotland, Ireland and northern England the tradition was the giving of presents (normally food) on Handsels Monday and not Christmas, which was just a normal working day.
We can blame the likes of Coca-Cola and various American movies for the modern Christmas.
Personally I miss the lights when taken down, as it makes January so dark and gloomy.