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Christmas Around the World Traditions & Gift Ideas

Christmas in Western Countries

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 as Russia, 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.

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Christmas Gift Basket Ideas

Christmas is a season of friendships, family and of course gift giving. The tradition of giving Christmas presents dates back to a wealthy philanthropist of the third century St. Nicholas who was known for his generosity with poor people and children.

Now Christians and non-Christians alike celebrate the holiday by gathering together and exchanging gifts. From humble beginnings of homemade sweets tucked into stockings in the name of St. Nicholas, Christmas gifts today are incredibly versatile and can vary from small hand made cards to luxurious Christmas gift baskets filled with gourmet foods, beverages, chocolate, spa products, gardening and sport items or anything else.



As well as any other gifts gourmet baskets can be very different depending on the number of the recipients and their preferences. For your family and friends choose a practical holiday decorated hamper that has a nice selection of savory treats to satisfy any palate. If there are kids in the family make sure your basket includes candy, cookies, chocolate or fruit and a plush toy for the younger ones.

Business gourmet baskets for partners, customers, corporate clients or employees are traditionally more formal and sophisticated. Classy and upscale such hampers usually include an assortment of artisan cheese, meat, olives, crackers, and other savory snacks along with exotic fruit, chocolate, coffee and wine. The more recipients you have on the list the bigger the basket you should choose to make sure everyone enjoys your generous gift.


There’s no better way to impress a client, business partner, friend or family member than with a classy and elegant wine gift basket for Christmas. The careful presentation and selection of the contents of the basket will set it apart from the rest. You can even create your own hamper to add a more personal touch. However, if time and creativity escape you there is a great selection of gifts to choose from.

Either it’s a single bottle of expensive wine or champagne; modest and elegant gift set with wine, chocolate and flowers; luxurious gift hamper overflowing with gourmet treats and wines meant for a big party; or romantic gift with spa products, chocolate, and a bottle of bubbly; make sure the style of your gift and its content is appropriate to the occasion and your relationship with the recipient.



For all kids and many adults Christmas is often synonymous with sweets. And rightfully so, because there is no big celebration without a tasty dessert! The diversity of sweet gifts for Christmas nowadays is really impressive. Beautifully decorated, unique and oh so delicious sweet Christmas gifts are enjoyed by both children and grown ups. Depending on the style of your basket it will make a great personal or business gift.

For example kids will love a hamper that contains both different kinds of sweets and Christmas themed toys and decorations. They will also be fascinated with a big gift tower where each box hides a yummy surprise. Family, friends, business colleagues, partners or employees will appreciate a gift basket brimming with gourmet chocolate, cookies and other sweet treats to any taste complimented with good wine or champagne. An office or home party will also enjoy a delicious holiday cake, international symbol of any celebration.

A gift basket will make a wonderful Christmas gift for anyone, close friend or business associate, male or female, young or old.

Christmas is a great time of year to give a gift hamper to a co-worker, boss, client, friend, family member or other important person in your life and show how much you love and appreciate them!

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