Greeting Card Trivia on National Trivia Day

By | January 4, 2017

Did you know that today is National Trivia Day??  I’m not very good at remembering trivia facts, but my husband sure is.  I am always amazed at how he remembers the smallest, most interesting details about history and general topics.

Well, to celebrate National Trivia Day, I thought I’d share some “trivial” information about greeting cards.  I bet you’ll learn at least one thing that you didn’t know.  I did!!!  Let’s get started.

According to a greeting card fact page published by

  • Americans purchase 7 billion greeting cards every year.
  • Annual retail sales of greeting cards are estimated at more than $7 billion.
  • The average person receives more than 20 greeting cards in a year, about one-third of which are birthday cards.
  • There are two categories of greeting cards – Seasonal and Everyday.
  • Total card sales are split approximately 50-50 between the Seasonal and Everyday categories.
  • The most popular Everyday cards are birthday cards, which account for more than half of all Everyday card sales, followed by get well/sympathy, and friendship/encouragement cards.
  • The most popular Seasonal cards are Christmas and holiday cards, which account for more than 60% of all Seasonal cards sent. This is followed by Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduation cards.


Here’s more interesting greeting card trivia.  According to the Encyclopedia of Trivia web site :

  • The custom of sending greeting cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese, who exchanged messages of good will to celebrate the New Year, and to the early Egyptians, who conveyed their greetings on papyrus scrolls.
  • The Hall Brothers founded what would later be known as Hallmark in 1910. Their business began issuing cards that were folded down the middle and stuffed into envelopes. (Previously holiday greeting cards were of the postcard-type variety).
  • Englishman Craig Shergold was diagnosed at the age of nine with brain cancer in 1989. His friends and relatives began a chain letter campaign requesting individuals to send greeting cards to him. The campaign was successful and Shergold has now received approximately 350 million greeting cards, earning him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • According to a poll, 72 per cent of Americans sign their pets’ names when sending greeting cards.
  • A greetings card that can play ‘Happy Birthday’ has more computing power than existed in the whole world in 1950.
  • It is estimated that Queen Elizabeth II has sent more than 175,000 100th birthday cards to people across the Commonwealth during her reign.

Hope that you enjoyed this “trivial” blog post today!  Thanks so much for stopping by.

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2 thoughts on “Greeting Card Trivia on National Trivia Day

  1. Deb Hoekstra Post author

    It is interesting to find out fun facts about cardmaking. The number of greeting cards purchased annually was what stood out to me…especially when you read about how so many are sending greetings electronically. Call me old-fashioned…I still love to send actual cards!!

  2. Vicki Jones

    What a fun post! Love the trivia facts. (And yes, I am one of those who signs my dog names. hahaha)


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