A Christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas evolved over two millennia into a worldwide religious and secular celebration, incorporating many pre-Christian, pagan traditions into the festivities along the way. Today, Christmas is a time for family and friends to get together and exchange gifts.
Importance of Christmas
Christmas is important because it is a major religious holiday for Christians, because it is a widely celebrated secular holiday, and because it accounts for significant economic activity in the United States and worldwide.
For Christians, this holiday is significant because it celebrates God becoming a man to save mankind from its sin through the birth of Jesus Christ. Billions of people around the world observe Christmas. Gits are also very comment on this occession so the idea of custom boxes for small business is evolved. This has also increated competition about different companies that use packaging as a marketing tool.
How Christmas Is Celebrated
The celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-Christian, Christian, and secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, completing an Advent calendar or Advent wreath, Christmas music and caroling, lighting a Christingle, viewing a Nativity play, an exchange of Christmas cards, church services, a special meal, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly.
Besides, several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, and Christkind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore.
Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Christmas has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.
Why Christmas Is Sometimes Called Xmas
Christmas is also sometimes known as Xmas. Some people don't think it's correct to call Christmas 'Xmas' as that takes the 'Christ' (Jesus) out of Christmas. (As Christmas comes from Christ-Mass, the Church service that celebrated the birth of Jesus.)
But that is not quite right! In the Greek language and alphabet, the letter that looks like an X is the Greek letter chi / Χ (pronounced 'kye' - it rhymes with 'eye') which is the first letter of the Greek word for Christ, Christos.
The early church used the first two letters of Christos in the Greek alphabet 'chi' and 'rho' to create a monogram (symbol) to represent the name of Jesus. This looks like an X with a small p on the top:
Tips To Buy Christmas Gifts
Here are five time-tested tips to help you buy Christmas gifts, not just for the people you need/want to give to. You can actually use these tips when buying stuff even for yourself:
1.Create A List
It seems so simple, but many of us take this task for granted. Thinking what to buy on the fly takes up a lot of brain power, creating a sort of “tunnel vision.” This can cause our brains to block out other details that are equally important. So, list down what you need to help you focus and make sure you don’t forget to buy that something for someone.
2.Stick To Your List.
This is especially important if you’re on a tight budget. Creating a list helps you maximize whatever budget you have; stick to it to make sure you don’t end up broke after Christmas.
Try to put yourself in your recipient’s shoes: How will he or she enjoy your gift? Give something they will definitely appreciate. In cases where a generic, unisex gift is needed, give something you yourself will like. Don’t give just for the sake of it.
Make shopping for Christmas gifts less stressful. Plan your schedules and routes. You can also opt to go cashless (via GCash or PayMaya) or choose deferred payments (like for Aeon or Home Credit). These are all payable via POSIBLE.NET, so you don’t need to go far and save travel time as well.
Give with a cheerful heart and a smile. Let your recipient feel that you appreciate them. The point of Christmas gifts, after all, is not because we deserve them. Give with love, without demanding anything in return. This is the secret to enjoy the season.
Innovative Ideas For Packing
Let Mother Nature serve as your inspiration. Preserved moss, wheat, and thistles upgrade plain paper, or you can slip in sprigs of old standbys pine, mistletoe and holly.
While wintertime is usually full of plaids, this classic pattern looks right at home under the tree when paired with red ribbon.
Star Gift Boxes
Sometimes it's a bit difficult to disguise a present's telltale shape. Keep it a mystery with these three-dimensional boxes that (bonus!) double as decorations.
Bottle Brush Tree
A wrapped bar of soap or jewelry box is the perfect size for a sweet vignette. Just a tie a tiny tree atop a doodled car — its way less legwork than hauling home the real thing.
Make a gift card more personal by tailoring the wrap to the item. Here, a home-store certificate nestles in a prettied-up paint can. For a manicure, use a cosmetics bag; for the movies, try a popcorn box.
Coordinate your gifts with the tree by tying on miniature baubles in the same color scheme. Double up with a soft velvet ribbon in a similar hue.
What jigsaw puzzle isn't missing a few pieces? Repurpose the remaining components as gift tags by painting them black. Voilà, instant decorations.
Holiday colors don't typically include blue, teal and gold, but the combo looks just right on these DIY feathers. Draw on the metallic accent using a gold leaf pen.
Put your drawing skills to the test with a little freehand design. Try adding trees, banners, wreaths, snowflakes, and stars.
Recycled Paper Bows
Origami fans, meet kirigami. It's a variation on paper folding that includes a little cutting. Use it to fashion these recycled bows out of decorative paper, newspaper or even a page of your fav magazine.