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The biggest and one of the most joyful holidays of the year, Christmas is almost here! There’s no other festival that is celebrated with such vigor and enthusiasm in so many countries around the world. Although Christmas traditions may slightly vary depending on the local customs this holiday is all about Christmas trees, festive meals, family time, and of course exchanging Christmas Gifts.
Christmas in Germany: “Frohe Weihnachten!”
Christmas season in Germany starts with Advent 4 weeks prior December, 25th. A wreath of evergreens with four red candles each lit every Sunday before Christmas is placed in every house.
On Christmas Eve after visiting church families feast on a big meal featuring traditional roast goose or duck stuffed with apples, fish, Christmas bread and marzipan treats. Before the dinner is the presentation of the Christmas tree. While children are waiting in the other room one of the parents brings out the Christmas tree and decorates it with apples, sweets, cookies, angels, and lights. When all is ready they call everyone to the room. It is under the Christmas tree where the following morning children find their Christmas gifts that are believed to be brought by Father Christmas – ‘Der Weihnachtsmann’.
Christmas in France: “Joyeux Noël”
Like in many other countries, the Christmas season in France begins with Saint Nicholas’ Day, December 6th. The preparations for the holiday start a few days before Christmas with the decoration of the Christmas tree and displaying a Nativity scene with figurines.
At midnight on Christmas Eve families go to church for a Christmas mass. Young children usually stay at home and go to bed early to dream of their Christmas gifts. Before going to bed, they leave their shoes by the fireplace to find it the next morning filled with gifts from Santa Claus (“le père Noël”).
The main Christmas dinner called ‘Le Reveillon’, is a grand feast served after midnight mass on Christmas Eve. The dishes are usually quite elaborate and vary according to the region.
Christmas in Mexico: “Feliz Navidad!”
Every year, Mexicans celebrate Christmas, Las Posadas for a full nine days leading up to Christmas or Holy Eve. Christmas is the time for church and family. After church services on Christmas Eve, families gather together for a festive dinner that starts with oxtail soup with beans and chili, followed by roasted turkey and a special salad of fresh fruit and vegetables.
The most important part of Mexican Christmas for children is pinata party. The pinata is a large clay or papier-mache figure shaped like a star or animal covered with colorful paper streamers. The pinata is filled with candy and small gifts and hung from the ceiling. The blindfolded children take turns trying to break it open and race to gather as many candies as they can.
Christmas in Russia & Ukraine: “Schastlivogo Rozhdestva!”
Christmas Day in Russia & Ukraine marks the birth of Jesus Christ according to Christian Orthodox church. Although banned during the Soviet Union, Christmas has finally regained its popularity and religious meaning in Eastern Europe. Observed on January 7th according to old ‘Julian’ calendar it is declared a national holiday.
People in Russia & Ukraine celebrate Christmas by preparing a festive dinner, attending Christmas liturgy, visiting relatives and friends, and exchanging Christmas gift baskets. There is a 40-day Lent preceding Christmas, which ends with the first star in the night sky on January 6 – a symbol of Jesus Christ’s birth. The first star also signals the start of the Christmas dinner. For many secular Russians, Christmas is a family holiday but it is not as important as New Year’s.
Christmas in Japan: “Merii Kurisumasu!”
Even though only 1% of the population in Japan is Christian and many people don’t know exactly what the origin of Christmas is the Japanese have adopted many Western customs related to observing Christmas. Along with decorating Christmas trees, hosting parties and exchanging Christmas gifts they have their own unique traditions. Eating special Christmas cakes on Christmas Eve is one of them. Stores all over carry versions of this Christmas cake and drop the prices drastically on December 25th in order to sell everything out by the 26th. Christmas Eve has also become a night for lovers to go out and spend romantic time together at fancy restaurants or hotels.
Without a doubt Christmas is very enjoyable time of the year for Japanese people, but New Year’s still remains a much more popular holiday.
A tradition of corporate gift giving on Christmas and other big holidays has become a significant part of every business. First of all, business gift giving is an investment in your company. Sending out Christmas gifts gets the attention of your recipients and shows your thoughtfulness. It can help you solidify and re-establish relationships with your colleagues, business associates, employees or draw new customers into your company. Giving a proper gift to a fellow employee or a client keeps them happy and boosts employee morale. But corporate gifts for recipients in other countries can produce a wrong impression or even harm your business relationships if you don’t know the etiquette behind it. Nearly every business culture around the world has their own gift giving customs, so you may have to do your research before sending something out to a foreign client. So before you start shopping for your Christmas gifts for clients, colleagues or employees, consider the following basic business gift giving etiquette tips.
Make Sure Your Recipients Celebrate Christmas
It’s important to be sensitive to each person’s religion or beliefs. Giving a holiday gift to someone who can’t accept it because of their beliefs can make both you and them uncomfortable. Don’t just assume that all of your clients or colleagues celebrate Christmas. To avoid an awkward situation, you can simply ask if they celebrate Christmas, without getting into specifics about their religious preferences. Keep in mind that in Eastern Orthodox Church, for example, Christmas is celebrated on January, 7. Jews celebrate Hanukkah instead, and Muslims and Hindus don’t observe it at all. In this case sending a New Year’s gift will be more appropriate.
Set the Budget
Many companies have strict limitations on the type and monetary amount of gifts they can receive. In order to avoid embarrassment for both parties, check ahead and find out your recipients’ gift policies so you won’t make a mistake.
Quality is King
Regardless of the gift and economic climate, remember that quality is king. If you decide, for example, on a gift basket, make it a nice one. Even small gift baskets can look presentable and valuable. If you go with chocolate or spirits make sure they are of the highest quality and of a well-known brand.
Personalize Your Gift
It’s always nice, whenever possible, to personalize each gift for each recipient. Adding a personal touch can give even a small gift a much bigger impact. Your clients and colleagues want to know that you appreciate them. So giving an item that is specifically aligned with their interests can mean more than a generic gift or promotional item from your company.
On the other hand, if you don’t know much about your recipient, you’re better off sticking with a generic gift than sending something that might be considered offensive. Common business gifts include flowers or plants, gourmet and fruit baskets, gift certificates, etc.
The most important thing you can do when giving corporate gifts for Christmas is to make sure you remember everyone. Don’t offer gifts to only certain team members. Your employees and even clients within a certain industry or group are likely to talk to one another. A kind gesture meant with the best of intentions, may turn negative if someone feels slighted. You don’t want anyone to feel less important or forgotten. To avoid overlooking anyone, keep a running list of recipients and check it carefully before sending out Christmas gifts.
The coming of a new year is often accompanied by a great deal of customs and superstition. Even though in different cultures people welcome a new year differently, celebrations are almost always meant to bring more happiness, prosperity, love and good luck in the coming year. With New Year’s upon us, here’s a look at some most unusual good luck rituals from around the world.
Chile: Welcoming the dead to the New Year
There’s a recurring theme of visiting graveyards on major holidays in many cultures. But Chile is the only country that took this tradition on a whole new level. Chilean families do not only visit cemeteries for a New Year’s Eve mass, but set up chairs next to the gravesides of their deceased relatives and wait with the dead for the new year to come.
Austria: Waltzing into the New Year
Once the church bells strike midnight in Austria all radio and TV stations start playing “The Blue Danube” by Johann Strauss II. Austrians at parties, in their homes, and on the streets begin waltzing together welcoming the new year with a collective dance.
The Philippines: Circles make the world go round
Filipinos know that circles make the world go round and that’s why on New Year they keep everything round, from wearing outfits with circular patterns and polka dots to eating round food and fruit. And why shouldn’t they? Especially when circles representing the roundness of coins are believed to bring good fortune and prosperity to the household.
Denmark: Smash a plate to show your friendship
Dropping and breaking a dish is considered a bad luck in many cultures, but if you brake that same dish in Denmark on New Year, it’ll have a completely opposite effect. Throughout the year, Danes save their old dishes only to smash them at the front door of their neighbors and friends on New Years. Loud and destructive way of welcoming the New Year by breaking plates symbolizes good luck. In a kind of neighborhood popularity contest, the family with the most broken china piled on their doorstep can boast having the most friends.
Central and South America: What’s the color of your underwear?
The color of your underwear should never be taken lightly; especially on New Year’s Eve. In many Central and South American countries, your luck in the new year depends on the color of underwear you’re wearing at the stroke of midnight. For those who are seeking luck in their love life, Mexicans suggest wearing red underwear. Bright yellow undies on the other hand are supposed to increase your wealth and fortune. Some people say that it brings even more luck if the underwear is received as a New Year gift.
Spain: Counting down the seconds
In Spain, people welcome the New Year by eating 12 grapes. Revelers gather in major squares and once they start countdown the last 12 seconds of the year they gobble one grape per second. If all 12 grapes are eaten by the time the clock stops chiming each month of the New Year will bring them good luck.
Latin America: Hungry for an adventure
In Colombia, Mexico, and other Latin American countries on New Year one can see a hilarious scene of random people dragging suitcases around the block when the clock strikes midnight. This tradition is popular with lovers, newlyweds and families who believe that this custom will help them to travel and have adventures in the following year. Fortunately, the suitcases can be empty and you can get away with racing around the block with light luggage in tow.
Thailand: Water ambush
New Year in Thailand occurs during the hottest season of the year and people celebrate it by splashing water at each other. This custom originates from the tradition of a cleansing ritual when fragrant water is poured on Buddha images and then on family members to help bring good luck.
China: Paint it Red
The Chinese have a unique way of celebrating New Year, where every front door of a house is painted in red which symbolizes happiness and good fortune. They also hide all the knives for the day so that no one can cut themselves, because that may actually cut the entire family good luck for the coming year.
Ecuador: Burning away the past
People in Ecuador enter the New Year by burning scarecrows outside their homes, a ritual believed to scare away bad luck. The tradition of burning newspaper-stuffed-scarecrow is said to destroy all the bad things of the past year and to pave the way for nothing but good luck. However, it has been more and more common to burn effigies, often politicians, from the previous year. Fidel Castro has been used to burn away plenty of bad luck.
Now that you are aware of some interesting New Year’s traditions in different countries, go ahead and order a New Year gift overseas for your family members, friends, or business associates.
Catholic Christmas is the biggest and most significant secular and religious holiday of the year. It is traditionally observed on December, 25 in many countries around the world including US, UK, Australia, Canada, Western Europe, etc.
Christmas is not only the biggest but also the most favorite holiday for both children and adults. For grown ups Christmas is the time for vacations and family reunions, while for kids it’s a magic holiday associated with Santa Claus who brings all obedient children their Christmas gifts.
On Christmas Eve all faithful Christians attend a holiday midnight mass. The next day families and friends gather together for a festive meal featuring traditional menu. The celebration is followed by the exchange of Christmas presents.
Orthodox Christmas in Eastern Europe
Such countries asRussia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Macedonia, Montenegro, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Serbia belong to Orthodox faith and celebrate Christmas on January 7. The date is different because Eastern Church uses Julian calendar instead of Gregorian calendar adopted on the West.
The official Christmas and New Year holidays in Russia and other Orthodox countries last from December 31st to January 10th. Although Christmas is treated somewhat secondary in comparison with New Year’s Day it includes many beautiful traditions.
For faithful people Christmas start 40 days earlier with a lent which ends on the evening of worship service on Christmas Eve. On January, 7 people go to church, have a festive family dinner and exchange Christmas gifts with loved ones and friends.
Christmas in Asia
Although Christmas in Asia is not a big holiday because only a small part of the population belongs to Christian faith it’s becoming more and more popular.
In Japan, South Korea and China there is no official celebration of Christmas, but there is an unofficial widespread secular observance of the holiday due to the influence of the Western culture. Christmas in this countries is more a commercial event, celebrated mostly by the young generation and couples who gladly use the holiday as a reason for Christmas gift giving.
In Hong Kong, on the contrary, Christmas is a big holiday, because there are Christians of most denominations. Christmas in Malaysia is both a public and religious festival. The local Christian community observes all Christmas traditions including Advent and fasting.
Christmas Gift Ideas
Christmas gift exchange is very important for establishing personal and business relationships. Sending Christmas gift baskets overseas for you loved ones, friends and international business associates is a great way of showing your love, respect and care.
Gourmands on your list will appreciate a gourmet basket filled with delicious and exquisite treats. Wine connoisseurs will be grateful to receive a gift hamper of good wine, fruit or gourmet snacks. A classic wine gift will be also perfect for your boss, client, employee or colleague. For chocoholics and kids there’s no better surprise than a sweet basket full of chocolate and candies. For female recipients a holiday flower arrangement in addition to a gourmet or sweet gift will be a great choice.