Christmas Day 2013
Wednesday 25 December 2013
|Last Minute Christmas Gifts
With Christmas upon us and life as busy as ever, many of us find it hard to get all the Christmas shopping completed.
The purchase of last minute Christmas gifts are important but many of us get frustrated battling the thousands of people at the local shopping centre. And if that is not enough, try finding a carpark!
Shop Online this
Christmas and Avoid the Crowds
The Internet has become very popular for Christmas shopping and with so many suppliers and such a competitive market, gifts and presents are available in many cases right up to Christmas.
As you closer to the big day you may have to modify the gifts that you purchase to ensure delivery. Check on retailers websites for the final date for ordering to ensure delivery prior to Christmas as many of them will promote the final order date.
Great last minute gift ideas are
Gift Certificates, Flowers and Books.
There are a huge variety of books available online. These can vary from sporting topics including basketball, cricket, baseball, boxing, cricket, cycling, darts, netball, rugby, swimming, soccer or table tennis.
Gift certificates can be purchased for books, baby gifts, homewares, mens and ladies gifts, outdoor gifts, gourmets and hampers, Christmas decorations, wine, games or puzzles.
Another great suggestion is to buy flowers over the internet and have them delivered the same or the next day. There are many great providers of various flowers, bouquets, roses or shrubs who can help you with these last minute gifts.
Christmas Traditions in the UK
Usually, the traditions of Christmas Day have been divided between those that are Christian in nature and those that are secular.
While all of the traditions come from a Christian holiday, the fact that the secular activities now surpass the religious ones is an important fact to know about Christmas in the UK.
The traditions therefore are connected to the religious aspect of the holiday.
Every family tends to get together during the Christmas Day holiday, which is an official holiday in the UK. Also important to know is that cooking is important for this day.
Those who typically do the cooking are women, but men who are capable in the culinary arts may also join in. Some of the classic dishes for Christmas dinner in the United Kingdom include turkey, ham, duck, pigs in a blanket, brussel sprouts, mixed vegetables, roast potatoes, parsnip, cranberry sauce, and dinner rolls. These foods are usually prepared for hours and hours, which makes part of the tradition of being with family for Christmas connected to the aspect of cooking and eating a large diverse offering of foods.
When a family gets together to cook, they also have a chance to interact while doing something active and enjoyable. As the scents of the ingredients fill the kitchen, the reaction to such a pleasant situation is pure happiness. Sitting down for the big meal always makes the members of the family very pleased as well. While they do not get the chance to see each other very often, the time together is a pleasurable one. While the family sits and eats Christmas dinner together, they usually catch up on what has been happening in the past month or year, depending on when the last time they met was. It is a good time to realise the benefit of family during this holiday season.
Christmas Day in the UK –
for Family and Friends
As likely the most popular holiday in the entire United Kingdom as well as the rest of the Christian world, Christmas Day is full of traditions, some of which go all the way back to thousands of years ago.
For those who want to know more about the traditions and activities which are carried out on this day, a closer examination of the roots of the holiday is important.
With roots in Christianity celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the most important religious figure in the world, Christmas Day in the UK has had its history in the Christian faith since the beginning.
However, as Christmas has been supported by a number of enjoyable traditions and events, the joyous occasion has been adopted in several countries which have never been Christian in nature.
Japan, Korea, and Thailand all celebrate Christmas in their own special way. However, for a truly authentic Christmas Day, a visit to the countries of the United Kingdom will show the visitor the true sense of the holiday season.
What People Do Before and On Christmas Day in the UK?
Besides the delicious aspect of food preparation and consumption, those in the UK typically embark on a few other traditional activities which are heavily related to Christmas. One of these is the setting up of Christmas decorations.
Unlike the other times where setting things up can be a hassle, setting up the decorations for Christmas can be a very enjoyable task.
Some of the following are decorations used for the Christmas Day celebrations in the UK:
This tree is always an evergreen such as a spruce, fir, pine, or hemlock. Some families choose to use artificial trees though. However, many families still opt for the traditional authentic tree which is cut down every winter season.
Christmas tree decorations. These adornments include garland, tinsel, and lights. The garland is usually a strand of bright fabric which is coloured gold or silver. The tinsel can be thought of as strands of silver or gold plastic or paper which are draped all over the tree to make it more attractive.
Christmas lights. Finally, the lights are possibly one of the most important details of the entire Christmas tradition. Having lights up all around the Christmas tree and the house which houses the tree makes for a very festive season. These lights can be found in a number of varieties, such as blinking lights, coloured lights, or solid lights as well.
For the many Britain’s who enjoy the Christmas holidays with their families and friends, the traditions are better when they are combined with certain food items. Crackers and baked goods are usually included on snack trays which are found around houses at Christmas. Father Christmas is also a commonly used figure to represent the holiday season, but all of these can be traced back to a time after the main Christmas story took place.
The Birth of Jesus
Jesus Christ, the primary figure in the Christian faith was not necessarily born on this time, although it has been reported as such by some. The calendar of events which has the birthday of Jesus on it may have occurred in May when transferred to the modern day calendar. However, one can see that the modern day calendar started with the birth of Christ, and every year after that came from this year.
Jesus Christ’s birth was recorded by both religious and secular historians, and the events surrounding the birth of Jesus were also recorded. Other Christmas traditions stem from the events of Christmas. Some of these include the concept of the Nativity Scene, a mainstay in Christmas Day celebrations in the UK. For Christmas Day, the Nativity Scene is one which involved actors posing as the main people in the birth of Jesus. These are Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the stable animals, and the 3 Wise Men.
Christmas Day in the UK is a time when family and friends get together for special times of togetherness. Others take the time to reflect on the religious significance of the day, attributed to the birth of Jesus Christ.
Christmas Shopping Online - Avoid the Crowds
Christmas Day is celebrated in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales on December 25 each year.
Below you will find a selection of Christmas websites to buy your Christmas Gifts for all your family.
Shopping online is a great way to avoid the Christmas rush - all from the privacy of your own home!!
| Christmas Gifts
Christmas shopping online can be a magical experience that is stress free and relaxing.
We have selected the best and split it up into categories to help you.
(Select UK and then "Show Prices in GBP")
Shop by product, recipient or price. Fantastic Christmas gift ideas such as flowers, chocolate and wine gifts, holiday wine gifts, assorted full compliment of savory foods gifts, cookies, brownies, Christmas cake gifts, children’s gifts, good taste gifts, engraving option gifts, spa gifts, 100 long-stem red roses gifts, candle gifts, celebration tower gifts, not forgetting Santa Claus sled bouquet, good health gifts, grand robe gifts, apparels gifts, personalized gifts, wish and prayer box gifts and potted plants gifts.
Personalized Christmas Gifts
Photo to Jigsaw Puzzle -
Turn your favorite Photo into a
Jigsaw Puzzle to make a unique and fun gift.
Jigsaw2order specialize in quality custom made Jigsaw Puzzles produced from your own photos. A photo puzzle can be made from any image or artwork such as a photo, painting, sketch or children's drawing. Seeing your own creation made into a photo jigsaw, makes puzzle making even more fun. They offer many picture puzzle sizes to choose from including large 1000 piece photo jigsaw puzzles. For a truly unique present this Christmas check out Jigsaw2order.com.
Flowers for Christmas
Pickupflowers International Flower Delivery
(Select UK and then "Show Prices in GBP)
Pickup Flowers will send premium quality flowers online internationally to over 80 countries for you this Christmas. Pickup Flowers mission is to help customers connect and express themselves with their friends and family.
International online flower delivery to countries like USA, UK, Australia has been made easy. Order from the finest selection of beautiful flowers (roses, tulips, orchids, gerbera daisies…), floral arrangements, plants, gift baskets and gourmet foods for same day or next day delivery.
Roses for Gifts
Gifts based around the theme of roses.
Skin Care and Fragrances for Men and Women
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Christmas Gifts for Adults
Tips and Information in finding books, magazines, toys, dating services for Adults in one convenient place.