The first Christmas card was sent in 1843 in England by Sir Henry Cole. Cole worked for the British postal service which few people were making use of, but thanks to the recent adoption of cheap “Penny Post” rates, sending mail was no longer an activity strictly for the very rich.
Cole and an artist friend thought of the idea of a single image that you could send to friends and family during the holidays to save time instead of hand-writing individual letters. They came up and printed the first Christmas card. The idea caught on and soon the tradition of sending holiday cards had spread to the United States and beyond. The sending and receiving of Christmas cards is a nice way to connect with friends and family you might not otherwise see. It also extends the season of gifting with these lovely little packages that arrive in your mailbox throughout the month of December.
So while you’re picking out the perfect card and decorating the rest of your yard, don’t forget to give your mailbox a little love.
Mailboxes are the Christmas trees of holiday cards. Let’s help them look like it with these best Christmas mailbox decorations of 2017.
1. Cordless LED Mailbox Swag With Pinecones & Red Berries
This evergreen mailbox swag is made with a mix of traditional artificial pine and ultra-realistic branches molded from real pine trees. This gives it a lifelike look that won’t dry out or turn brown like real branches would. It’s accented with real pinecones and sprigs of artificial, bright red berries. In true Christmas style, this mailbox decoration lights up with 25 LED bulbs. With these dual light bulbs you can switch between warm white light and festive multicolored lights, depending on what you’re in the mood for. There are no wires to deal with as it’s entirely battery-powered. It takes three C batteries (not included) which means the battery pack is a little bulky but you can hide it in the swag.
The lights are on an automatic timer to turn on for six hours and then turn off for the other 18 hours of the day. Once you set it up the first time, it will turn itself on and off for the rest of the season. The decoration is 30 inches long and when it arrives, it will be a little flat from its travels so you’ll want to fluff it up, just like you would an artificial Christmas tree. A longer, three foot mailbox or mantel swag in this style is also available and comes with multicolored lights.
2. MailWraps Winter Morning Cardinal Mailbox Cover
Made of flexible vinyl, this mailbox wrap secures quickly and easily to your mailbox with magnets. The highly detailed image featuring a male and female pair of cardinals is perfect for the holiday season and throughout the rest of the winter–in case you don’t get around to taking it off until February. This wrap is made in America, weather and fade-resistant, and is sized to fit standard mailboxes (six inches by 19 inches). It even comes with address number stickers so you won’t have to worry about covering up your house number.
3. National Tree 3 Foot Glittery Bristle Pine Mailbox Swag With Pinecones & LED Lights
I think National Tree offers the best artificial greenery out there. I’ve featured them in my best pencil Christmas trees and best tabletop Christmas trees guides. Their three foot long mailbox swag has a base of traditional bottle-brush style branches and is topped with full, realistic, spiky white pine needles for a total of 68 tips. The branches and pinecones are flocked with lifelike icy snow and tipped with glitter to sparkle in the light. This mailbox decoration comes pre-lit with 35 warm white LED bulbs that make the glittery snow twinkle even more brilliantly. The lights are battery-powered (not included) and run on an automatic timer so they’ll turn on for six hours and then turn themselves off for 18 hours. The swag has two tie down straps to attach it to your mailbox.
Price: $20.99 (14 percent off MSRP)
4. Reindeer Mailbox Cover
If you want your mailbox to stand out this year, turn it into a reindeer. This thing is adorable. The mailbox wrap is made of durable, fade-resistant nylon fabric and attaches easily to your mailbox with magnets. The nylon actually repels water so you won’t have a soggy reindeer in the rain and snow. There is a slot cut out for your mailbox flag and real jingle bells on the deer’s harness. The little tail kills me. I love it. The head is a separate piece that fastens to the door of your mailbox with a magnet as well, that way the box can be opened and closed easily. For security, you may want to jerry-rig an extra attachment for the head as some folks have had trouble with Prancer’s head coming loose in high winds and blizzards. I think it’s worth the effort for this eye-catching, 3D design. Make it a yard-wide theme with these best outdoor reindeer decorations.
5. Santa’s Sleigh Magnetic Mailbox Cover
For a more classic, elegant choice, check out this beautiful Santa Claus painting by artist Donna Race of Portland, Oregon. This easy to install magnetic mailbox cover fits standard size mailboxes and has a slot cut out for your flag. The material is weather and fade-resistant. The image is soft and cozy with colors and details that harkens back to old traditions.
6. Christmas Mailbox Cover With Berries & Bow
This mailbox swag is full and tall with a bright red Christmas ribbon. Bushy white pine needles stretch three feet long and are accented with real pinecones and artificial red berries. It’s lightly flocked, but not so much that it loses its bright green color. The branches will need some fluffing when it arrives, like any artificial pine, but with a little help it has some great volume. This swag has a wired base that conforms to your mailbox and attaches with florist’s wire.
7. Winter Friends Snowman Magnetic Mailbox Cover
The detail on this Christmas mailbox cover is stunning. The colors pop and the illustration of the snowman and his bird friends is so cute. This mailbox wrap is sized to fit standard mailboxes and attaches with magnetic strips. It’s a thin vinyl material that is weatherproof and fade resistant. I like that they include three sets of address numbers so you don’t have to worry about covering up your house number.
8. National Tree Feel Real Colonial Mail Box Swag With LED Lights
This swag features National Tree’s “Feel Real” branches which are molded from actual tree branches for an ultra-realistic look and feel. The greenery is a variety conifers with different needle lengths and types, for a unique effect. With 120 tips, this is a full swag. It’s accented with pinecones, red berries, and 35 warm white LED bulbs. The lights are battery-powered (not included) and run on an automatic timer of six hours on and 18 hours off. It’s three feet long when flat and conforms to the shape of your mailbox.
9. 3-D Santa Magnetic Mailbox Cover
Turn your mailbox into a little house all decked out for the holidays complete with 3D Santa climbing down the chimney of your mailbox-house. It’s clever, unique, and thankfully easy to set up. This mailbox cover secures with magnets and is made of weather and fade-resist nylon. The Santa is adorable and has great details like the gold on his belt buckle and little candy canes in the stocking. As with any 3D mailbox decoration, if you live in a climate that gets high winds or blizzards, you may want to take extra precautions to secure your cover to your box.
10. National Tree 3 Foot Wintry Pine Collection Mailbox Swag
This pine mailbox swag has added sprigs of holly to their mix of evergreens for a unique effect that shouts Christmastime. The bushy pine needles are lightly flocked and accented with holly berries and pinecones. It’s not the most realistic pine swag on the list, but it gets high marks for looking so festive. At 72 branch tips, with some fluffing this can be a full swag. It’s three feet long and has a wire base that you can bend to conform to the shape of your mailbox.
Price: $28.16 (6 percent off MSRP)