“Christmas is the season of joy, of holiday greetings exchanged, of gift-giving, and of families united.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale
Giving and receiving presents at Christmas is customary.
But did you also know that this Custom has its roots in Religion?
Gift giving owes its origins to the Three Wise Men’s tributes to the infant Jesus. In fact, Christmas is all about a great present given by God to the World almost 2000 years ago, i.e. Jesus!
Gifting traditions are different in various parts of the world, with families and friends participating in this ritual with great enthusiasm. Most children in different countries believe in a Christmas gift bringer. This person can range from Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, and even the Christkind.
If you’re pondering over gift ideas for your family members, colleagues or friends, why not consider a festive basket of X’Mas goodies and a special flower bouquet? These are packed with well-loved favorites and assembled with fresh blossoms – sure to be a delight for every receiver!
Christmas around the World
In many countries, presents for loved ones are left under the Christmas tree, and opened on Christmas Day with everyone.
In Europe, gifts are left inside shoes or boots put outside, whereas in the UK and USA stockings containing presents are often left hanging by fireplaces.
Different gifting practices are practiced around the world. The earliest presents are opened on St. Nicholas Eve on December 5th, and the latest ones on January 6th, during Epiphany. This occasion is primarily celebrated in Catholic countries.
In Singapore, Christmas is a secular occasion, as our island-state houses people from different backgrounds.
There is also an influx of tourists from the world over, who take to the outdoors to make the most of this anticipated festival. Hotspots such as Gardens by the Bay and Resorts World Sentosa are also given a festive makeover especially for the occasion.
The shopping district at Orchard is decked with gigantic Christmas trees, jazzy decorations and festive lights. This boosts the Yuletide spirit like nothing else!
Holiday Feasting & Caroling
Apart from taking part in Gift Giving, there are also a number of concerts and special music events to look forward to. These are all organized for Christmas revels. There are many carolers and street performers who croon classic carols for the masses.
One of the best ways to celebrate the holiday season is by digging into customary dishes. You can pick from feast foods such as roast turkey, eggnog, fruitcake, gingerbread, pumpkin pie, etc. to indulge in. These are available at most restaurants island-wide.
Prefer a White Christmas? There are Snowfall Exhibits and Skating Rinks to heighten your enjoyment!
Since Christmas is all about Sharing Love, there’s no better way to celebrate than with Customized Gift Hampers.
D’Petals is a leading local florist which delivers special Holiday Hampers and Christmas Bouquets for the end-of-the-year festive season. These make for great presents for Family, Friends and Business Associates.
What’s more, early birds can buy these X’Mas gifts at a special 20% off promotion - with an additional $10 service voucher!
*Valid from 13th Nov to 21st Dec 2015.
Beautifully-packed Holiday Hampers are great for expressing heartfelt wishes and also help spread the joy amongst loved ones.
The Spirit of Giving is in the air, so make this Christmas a memorable one for everyone you know!