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Perhaps no holiday lends itself more to the tradition of gift giving than Christmas day. Almost every family has its own particular way of celebrating, and for most that includes the exchanging of gifts. But unlike most holidays, Christmas gift giving is not confined just to family. Many offices will hold Secret Santa exchanges; friends will pick out a special remembrance for each other; and people will even reach out to those who provide services for them year round, like the mailman, newspaper deliverer or doorman.
Of course, in the Christian tradition, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus. There is a lot of religious significance to the holiday and families will attend Mass together and set out a nativity scene amongst their decorations. But even here you’ll still find brightly wrapped gifts under the tree, ready to be exchanged with family and friends on the big day.
The exact timing of that exchange can be up for debate, depending on the religious background of the family, or the country where they live. Different countries have their own traditions around the arrival of Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Sinterklaas, or whatever name he goes by. In some cases, where the Santa legend is tied closely to St. Nicholas, he’ll arrive and bring gifts on the saint’s feast, December 6th. In other countries, the gift giving is saved for either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
No matter when the gifts are opened, finding just the right thing for each family member, friend or co-worker can be a bit of a chore. Stores work overtime during the build-up to Christmas as shoppers scramble from one place to another in search of the perfect gift. With the dawn of the Internet, that stress was relieved quite a bit as you can now do all of your shopping without ever leaving home, a notion that appeals to more and more shoppers every year!
Another advantage to online shopping is that it can be easier to find a gift that fits a particular recipient. For instance, if your dad or brother is into remote controlled models, you could do worse than consider our replicas of such real life craft as the Titanic and the Endeavour. Or if you’ve got a co-worker who is really into nautical memorabilia, a nautical print, decorative porthole or replica nautical instrument may be just the thing you’re looking for.
Whether you shop online or in person, it’s important to keep the significance of the Christmas season in mind when you’re shopping. Christmas day gifts can make a real impact on the recipient so it’s important that you choose wisely and decorate your gift appropriately, adding just the right Yuletide touch with fancy paper, ribbons, bows and a gift tag so they know it’s from you (unless, of course, it’s a Secret Santa gift…then mum’s the word!).
Christmas isn’t all about the gifts, but it’s hard to separate the two ideas. So while you’re decorating your tree, making a big Christmas dinner, lighting a candle in front of the crèche or singing carols around the piano, you don’t want to overlook the gifts. Hang out those stockings and make room under that tree because Christmas day is a time for giving and a time for showing that you care. Santa will be coming with his bag full of gifts and that will add the perfect magical touch to your Christmas celebration.
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