History, traditions and Christmas habits that will bring the spirit of winter holidays in the house
The charm of Christmas seems to have been born in the village. Here Christmas has kept its old magic and the memory of the holidays of yesteryear. The elders take into account the superstitions and customs that turn Christmas into a celebration of joy. Christmas is greeted in different corners of the world with extremely diverse traditional dishes, from pork, fish or goose to shellfish, and from chocolate cakes to those with rose petals.
The appearance of Santa Claus
Santa Claus, a white-haired old man, dressed in a red coat, with a long white beard, with a gift bag on his back or standing in a sleigh pulled by reindeer, is a very late image, imagined by Thomas Nast, an American cartoonist . The image has as a starting point St. Nicholas, making the Dutch and English settlers who left for America in the seventeenth century guilty. So, nothing from the Romanian tradition in the current image of Santa Claus, but, after 1960, this image was imposed all over the world, so we take it as such.
Christmas introduced people to a unique atmosphere, specific to both the end and the beginning, both sadness and especially joy. The way in which Santa Claus manages to bring gifts to all the children in the world in one night has come to concern the scientists, who have so far tried to prove that this is possible. And finally, they succeeded! Larry Silverberg, an American professor of mechanical and space engineering, is the first to prove that this road of hundreds of thousands of kilometers is perfectly possible. Larry Silverberg claims that in order to succeed in this journey, Santa Claus uses electromagnetic waves, but also computer science. Santa's sleeve aces include nanotechnology and genetic engineering. In order to find out what each child wants, Santa Claus has at his disposal an antenna in which the technology used in mobile telephony and EKG is integrated.
A very sophisticated system of filters allows Santa to find out where each child lives and what he wants and even how each child has behaved throughout the year. Once received, the data is processed by the high-performance sled navigation system, said Professor Larry Silverberg. However, how can Santa reach millions of homes in one night? -Using the spatio-temporal content-, the specialists answer.
Santa Claus knows that time can be stretched like a piece of rubber and that space can change. All this knowledge allows him to distribute gifts in an instant, explains the American scientist. Moreover, it seems that Santa Claus does not have a sleigh full of presents: when he enters a house, Santa uses his toy maker, so that they are made on the spot, atom by atom. In addition, Santa's reindeer are of a flying breed. Children should not give too much importance to those who say that Santa Claus cannot distribute all the gifts in one night. It is possible, moreover, that when I say this, I am relying on modern science, Silverberg said.
The origin of the name Christmas is uncertain
Christmas is one of the most anticipated holidays. In the six-week fast that precedes it, people are making numerous preparations, trying to properly welcome a celebration of such importance. There are several opinions about the popular name of the holiday, whether it comes from the Latin -creatio- - birth, or from the Slav -Karacun- - sudden death or spirit of death, or from the Albanian -Kercum- - stump. Specialists, given the main role played by the sacred stump, lit ritually on Christmas night to help the weakened Sun, lean towards a Thracian-Dacian origin of the holiday, this opinion is very close to the third variant mentioned by us. Obviously, accepting this origin, we must also accept the fact that the Christmas holiday has preserved a lot of pre-Christian elements, elements that had their full explanation in a mythical-magical way. It was not until 354 that Pope Liberius made December 25 official as the day of Jesus' birth, and in the East this happened in 379.
What to do on Christmas days
Many practices on the eve have as their main concern the cattle in the threshing floor, feeding them saturated food, as only on this night - Christ was born in the manger. Of all the dishes prepared, the housewife used to put a little in a bowl, with this full one surrounding the house three times; then the contents were given to the cattle, hoping that by doing so the cattle would be fed and prospered. The water left over from washing the dishes was given to the cattle to drink, sometimes on the third day of Christmas the animals were sprayed. In order for the cows to bear fruit, it was good not to borrow anything from the house during all this time, the fire and the leavened dough having to be very well guarded and not borrowed at all. Towards evening, everyone in the house sits around the table, this table being very special, with both the living and the dead participating in it. In some countries, no one was allowed to get up from the table until all the food was finished, otherwise the abundance would run away from home. Sometimes the man was allowed to get up, and he used to lock all the doors during the meal so that nothing would be stolen from his household next year. The woman who gets up from the table risks not having her shells on her eggs, one of her legs having to be well kept on an ax, if she wanted to have strong chicks like iron.
Calendar and family life habits are a perennial component of our traditional culture. The most widespread and most lavish proved to be those related to Christmas and the celebration of the New Year. Here are some superstitions:
- in some countries, on Christmas Eve, a cake and a glass of water are placed on the table, because it is believed that the souls of the dead come to their homes tonight, taste the cake and wet their mouths with water;
- on Christmas Eve, beekeepers do not give anything from the house, so that the bees will do well and not leave the hive during the swarm;
- on Christmas Eve it is not good to fight, not even in jest, with someone, because you make jokes in a year;
- where it is customary to cut the pig on Christmas day, the housewives prepare a dish of lean pork with onion and bacon, from which are feasted the first of the foreigners who step on the doorstep of the house, this dish is called -pork alms -;
- in some villages it is said that the woman who does not put Christmas on the table with the ciucalai tablecloth, on the walls with rags (embroidered) and on the bed with pillows on the bed is cursed is cursed;
- one week before Christmas, the preparations for caroling begin, culminating in the two days before the holidays, when the dishes are prepared and the interiors of the houses are decorated: table with embroidered face, ornate pillowcases, on the walls ornate wipes and blades, fir branches, basil;
- the dough kneaded on Christmas night is good for cattle;
- it is believed that at midnight, towards Christmas, the water turns into wine, and the cattle talk;
- on the two big holidays - Christmas and Easter- wash yourself with water in which silver money has been put and you will be penniless;
- it is not good to put brandy on the table first on Christmas Eve, because it is not his priority tonight, but the dishes;
- if you dream of green wheat for Christmas, it is a good sign that next year will be good for everyone;
- on Christmas Eve, the trees are tied with straw, so that these trees will bear rich fruit;
- On Christmas Eve, the breads are greased on top with a heap of wheat flour, so that they do not crack, and with the remaining heap, the trees in the garden are greased, so that they are loaded with fruit in the summer;
- on Christmas day they don't sweep the house, but the next day, and after you sweep that, take that garbage to the trees, because it helps them to be fruitful;
- The Christmas tree dresses in villages from the area in different aspects, differing from the Christmas tree with ornamental elements bought from the city. The most widespread was the tree with circles made of willow or wire twigs, covered in colored paper, over them are passed strings of string on which are strung white beans. White beans symbolize -cleaning the soul-;
- in other villages a tree was made adorned with short-cut wheat straw and strung on a string, delimited by popcorn. Some residents preferred the mistletoe tree, on which colored paper ribbons were applied;
- on Christmas Eve, children are given to eat pumpkin, so that they can be healthy all year round;
- The Christmas rolls were made in the shape of 8 and kept until spring, when the oxen and the plow were smoked and incense before plowing, then the rolls were eaten by plowmen;
- in the evening of December 23 to 24, until after midnight, and in some places until noon, groups of children go from house to house with carols: Santa Claus, Good morning, Christmas carol or Good morning to Santa Claus ;
- In some parts, the boys, but especially the church singers, walk with the icon on Christmas Eve - an icon on which is painted the birth of Jesus Christ.
Habits, old and new
On Christmas night it was believed that the sky was open, about the one who heard the roosters singing in the sky saying that he was lucky with money and that he would be healthy. For the petitioners, the big girls put a bowl on the porch under the window on the eve of the Eve, hoping that they would see him when he came to eat. Before going to bed, he wore a robe that had been under the threshold when the priest came out of the house, which favored the bear's dream. The people of old used to be very careful not to put out the fire on Christmas night, for this purpose they put a log or a log in the hearth.
The Christmas tree, coming from the same mythological chain, is not specific to the Romans, who took it, it seems, from the Germans, at the end of the 19th century. From the morning of Eve, the boys, usually in groups, started caroling. The traditional gifts consist mainly of rolls, also called carols, these Christmas rolls being attributed magical powers. Sometimes the nations would get rid of money or fruit. People always received carolers, because it was believed that when carols were no longer heard on earth, the devils would come out and take over the world, not receiving carolers was considered a great sin. In the water in which they washed before Christmas, people put a nut and a penny, believing that they would be as healthy as a nut and would be lucky with money. On Christmas days, parties were organized, known as -companies-, in which seven or eight couples participated, with food, drink, talking, singing and playing being the ingredients of good mood. It was passed from one householder to another and so on, until the next day, when the village resounded with songs. When people met on the roads, they used to greet each other with a formula that has disappeared today: -Christ was born! -
Christmas in Australia is as glorious as in any other part of the world, except it is not white. Usually during this period it is clear and warm, with temperatures between 25-38 degrees. In Australia, houses are decorated with lights and families decorate fir trees, usually borrowed from America, with many Australians opting for the artificial version. For Australians, mostly Catholics, Anglicans and Lutherans, Christmas Eve is an opportunity for religious gatherings. For Australians, Christmas is an opportunity to meet friends in the backyard, at a picnic, in the park, in the gardens or on the beach, with rich menus: seafood, glazed ham, cold chicken, duck or turkey, pasta, cakes with fruit or chocolate, ice cream.
In China, this holiday is celebrated only by Christians, who decorate houses with paper lanterns and decorate the Christmas tree, which they call -The Tree of Light-, with various paper objects, made by hand. Chinese children call Santa Claus, Dun Che Lao Ren. As most Chinese are not Christians, in this country, at the end of January, the real celebration begins, with the beginning of the Chinese New Year.
In Scotland, Christmas is not a real holiday. The Scots are reserved and keep their energy for New Year's Eve, Hogmanay. The word originates from the name of an oat cake once given to children on this day. As a former colony, Brazil has borrowed many end-of-year customs from this area. At Christmas, in shops, houses and churches, special places are arranged, called -presepium-, which show the place where Jesus was born. On the eve, Santa Claus arrives, full of presents, wearing a thin silk suit, suitable for the summer heat. The Christmas meal in Greece is rich in goodies, considering that for the Greeks a period of 40 days of fasting has ended. The housewives prepare a special bread, -christopsomo- (Christian bread). In Greece there is no custom of the Christmas tree. The symbol of this holiday is a wooden vessel in which are placed, in the water, twigs with bay leaves and a wooden cross.
In Iraq, on Christmas Eve, family members gather and one of the children reads about the birth of Jesus, while the others hold lighted candles in their hands, after which everyone sings, while setting fire to a thorn bush.
In Romania it is said that God left Christmas for man to be the village on this day. A specific custom for Estern Europe is for each family to slaughter a pig around the winter holidays, this event actually prefacing the approach of Christmas. This tradition passed down from generation to generation has its origins in the old archaic communities whose staple food, in the cold period of the year, was pork. Anyone who doesn't have a fat Christmas pig can't say they were happy that year. Always held on December 20, Ignat was and is associated with the pig. No pity should be witnessed in the slaughter of the pig, as there is a belief that the pig will die heavily, and the meat will no longer be good; it was even said that those who wailed the pig were angry with God! After the pig stopped moving, a cross was made in the shape of a cross, at the nape of the neck, salt was put over it, saying that only in this way the pig's soul would come out of its head.
Usually, the tail, the ears and the bladder were given to the children, the householders being especially interested in the spleen, this indicating to them, depending on the thickness, what the winter will be like; long-haired women had to eat this spleen! Finding blood clotted in the pig's heart makes the master very happy, which means good luck with money. If the pig was black, those who took part in the slaughter ate blood on their faces, hoping that they would be redder in the face and healthier all the following year. The same blood, collected in a bowl of corn, dry and ground, was good for smoking children with colds, lures, fear. Although Christianity associated the pig with intemperance and greed, for archaic communities this animal, especially through its blood, was one of the most important aids for revival.
New Year's Eve holds the record for most seniority. The Babylonians were celebrating the New Year 6,000 years ago, in the first nine months after the solstice. The festival lasted 11 days, with various activities taking place every day. Then people, as now, set goals for the new year, reports Agerpres.
A common custom among the Babylonians was the return of borrowed agricultural equipment. On this occasion, the king went through a ritual of repentance and was stripped of power to spend three days in isolation and in prayer. When he returned to the world, restoration ceremonies were organized to provide him with the support of nature.
In Ireland, single girls believe that the night between the years is an opportunity to find their true love. They place the mistletoe under the pillow dreaming of the magical moment when they will meet their chosen one. The mistletoe also drives away evil spirits. In terms of politics, it is believed in Ireland that the night wind between the years can predict the future of the country. If it blows from the west, it will bring prosperity, if it blows from the east, the British will dominate politics.
Polka dot clothes and round dishes seem to be the choice of Filipinos for the balance of the years. They believe that they will prosper because round points invoke coins. Also, throwing coins at midnight means plenty of revenue growth.
In Ecuador, midnight crow scarecrows are made. Each family has its own scarecrow filled with newspapers and pieces of wood, which it burns in front of the house. Tradition says that this destroys all the evil accumulated in the past 12 months, paving the way for happiness. In this country there is also the superstition that the yellow lingerie worn on New Year's Eve brings optimism next year.
The Chileans, more precisely the inhabitants of the city of Talca, celebrate their New Year with their dead relatives. The gates of the cemetery open at 11 o'clock at night, and the locals are greeted by muted classical music and dim lights, turning the cemetery into a festive place.
Better known is the American habit of sharing a passionate kiss with a loved one at midnight, which is believed to erase unpleasant memories of the past, paving the way for a future full of love.
Brazilians welcome the new year with very colorful underwear. They usually wear cheerful shades of red and yellow in hopes of attracting luck and a possible partner. Wishes for wealth and love are expressed through lingerie. Outdoor fires are lit on Paulista Boulevard at midnight. In such a celebration, fireworks are the harbingers of the new year.
In many parts of Europe, the tradition has been that the first person to enter one's house after midnight should bring a gift, a coin for prosperity, a loaf of bread for abundance, salt for flavor, or strength for good will. It is preferred that this "first footer" be a man with dark hair.
The island of Madeira in Portugal holds the record for the most glorious New Year's party. In 2007, 8,000 fireworks were launched per minute until a total of 600,000 was reached. Tourists from all over the world gather to watch the dizzying show. Here it is customary to eat 12 figs on New Year's Eve, which symbolizes 12 wishes for the coming year.
The tradition of prom in the Habsburg era has been preserved at the Austrian Imperial Salon. At midnight the "Blue Danube" resounds, and Strauss's "Bat" is always staged. The participants in the ceremony have pork on the table, a sign of luck. And the tables are decorated with chocolate piglets. The children pour molten lead into a tub, and a clairvoyant reads the shapes of the lead. If the metal forms a sphere, it means that the New Year brings luck and prosperity, if it takes the form of an anchor, it means that people will need help to overcome difficulties.
In China, the New Year is celebrated on the second new month of the solstice. Firecrackers and firecrackers are said to drive away evil spirits. Fabulous dragons and lions dance in the streets. People dress in red, the brightest of colors, and children receive red envelopes with money. Tangerines are also offered for luck, but only in even numbers. Another New Year's tradition is for people to come out and shout their wishes for the coming year. At the same time, he has to throw food as high as possible.
In Greece, a special bread called "Vasilopita" is served on New Year's Eve. A penny is hidden inside it when it is put in the oven. The bread is cut exactly at midnight and whoever receives the piece with the prize will be lucky next year. Here, the New Year's Day is dedicated to Saint Basil, famous for his kindness. Children leave their shoes by the fireplace on New Year's Eve to receive gifts from the good saint.
France celebrates the holiday called "Le Réveillon" with luxury food, champagne and gifts.
In Turkey, gifts are exchanged during a celebration of traditional Turkish food.
In Spain there is a tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight on New Year's Eve. Each represents a month of the following year. Depending on how sweet it is, so will the month: better or harder. For brides, New Year's Eve is an opportunity to slip their wedding ring into the champagne glass and collide.
In Venezuela, those looking for a soulmate wear red underwear.
The most popular New Year's Eve drink is champagne. Everywhere in Europe and America it is accompanied by toast. In Russia, a drink of vodka, lemon juice and tap water is called "dirty water" and is drunk to stop bad luck. The Russians usually open the doors and windows for the new year to enter the house.
It is customary for people to kiss under the mistletoe at midnight on New Year's Eve. It can be considered a romantic gesture, but it is also a greeting for the New Year among people wishing them a happy new year, health and luck.
In Scotland, the New Year is called "Hogmanay", and in some villages rolls of tar are lit, which are then left to roll on the streets. Thus, the old year is burned and the new one is allowed to come. The Scots believe that the first person to enter the house on New Year's Eve will bring either luck or bad luck. The new year will be lucky if this person is a brunette man who brings a gift. "Auld Lang Syne", one of the most popular New Year's songs among English speakers, also appeared in Scotland. The song was first published by the poet Robert Burns in 1796 in the Scots Musical Museum.
In Liege, Belgium, on January 1, it is customary to eat choucroute (a kind of sauerkraut with sausages) as a family, with a coin under the plate, in your hand or in your pocket, to have money all year round.
In Naples, Italy, the New Year is celebrated with a special custom, which consists of throwing old objects, symbols of the past year, out the window. Thus, furniture, dishes, clothes, etc. they end up on the street, to the chagrin of the garbage collectors, who have to cross at night to clean up. On New Year's Eve, called "Capodanno", Italians usually put special dishes on the table, which are said to bring wealth and abundance.
In the Netherlands, the Oudejaarsdag or "last year's day" (December 31) is celebrated with many fireworks, which start at dawn and last until late at night. In fact, this is the only day that fireworks are allowed, they are on sale only three days before the New Year
In Hebrew, the New Year means "Rosh Hashanah." It is a sacred time when people think about what they have done wrong in the past and promise to be better in the future. Special ceremonies take place in the synagogues, where the shofar is played, a special instrument. The children receive new clothes, and the meal must include fruits and flour products, to remind them of the harvest time.
In India, the New Year is celebrated differently depending on the region. In West Bengal, people are adorned with flowers, which they color in red, pink, purple or white. Women wear yellow clothes, the color of spring. In southern India, mothers put food, flowers and gifts in a special box for children. On New Year's Eve, children should keep their eyes closed until they are led by hand to the gift box. In Central India, orange flags adorn all buildings on New Year's Day.
In Vietnam, the New Year is called "Tet Nguyen Dan" or simply "Tet". The Vietnamese believe that a god lives in every house, and on New Year's Day he goes to heaven. There, he says how good or bad each family member was last year. The god travels on the back of a carp, which is why Vietnamese people usually buy a live carp on New Year's Eve, which they let go of.
In Japan, people spend a whole week preparing for the coming of the new year. The house must be thoroughly cleaned to prevent the appearance of any evil spirits. All debts must be paid and, above all, all disputes resolved and mistakes forgiven.
For the Japanese, the New Year, called "Oshogatsu", is one of the most important holidays and a symbol of renewal. "Forget-me-not parties" or "Bonenkai" are organized, in which people leave behind the problems and worries of the year that are about to end and prepare for a new beginning. Misunderstandings and animosities are forgotten. On December 31st, at midnight, families go to the nearest temple to share sake (traditional drink, no.) And to witness the 108 gong blows announcing the passage of the new year (this figure represents the number of sins accumulated in -a soul throughout the year, and the gong blows symbolize the banishment of sins one by one and the purification of souls). On January 1, children receive otoshidamas - small gifts with money inside. On New Year's Day, dreams and wishes are written on a piece of paper.
Unmarried women in Belarus are waiting for New Year's Eve to find out if they will get married. They hold a few grains of corn in their hand, with which they lure a rooster. According to tradition, the girl whose rooster crouches will get married next year.
In the US, the New Year is expected on the streets of cities, as in Canada. Everyone celebrates the start of the New Year at traditional parties, sometimes at masquerade balls when everyone comes in a themed costume and with masks (according to tradition, guests have to take off their masks at midnight). Also at midnight, the bells and sirens sound, the sky is flooded with fireworks and everyone shouts in a "Happy New Year!" In New York, a 100-year-old tradition has been to throw a ball into Times Square. This is also the case in Hong Kong, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, San Antonio and Sacramento, California. In other areas, various things are thrown to mark the New Year: in Easton (Maryland) - a crab, in Atlanta (Georgia) - a peach, in New Orleans - a pot.
For many of us, winter is our favorite season for the simple reason that it brings us directly to the magical holiday season.
December is also the first calendar month of winter, the month of the first snow, the month of gifts and the month in which we celebrate the most beautiful Holidays: Santa Claus, Christmas or New Year. It is the last month of the year, the month of rich meals with loved ones, the month of carols and good wishes, the month of plans for the coming year, but also the family month.
Most of us love and celebrate them according to our own customs and traditions, these being different from one area to another, but also from one country to another. Below are some of the most interesting customs or traditions celebrated by the peoples of Europe:
Christmas in Greece
In Greece, the birth of Jesus is celebrated on December 25. People go to bed early to attend the Christmas service, which begins at 4 p.m. When they return from church, the whole family shares honey, dried fruit, and Christopsomo ("Christ's Bread"), a kind of nut pie that the housewife prepared the night before and in which she made sure to leave her mark. fingers, symbol of the fingerprints of Christ, proof that he was born.
Gifts are not given at Christmas, but on January 1, when the Greeks celebrate St. Basil. This saint is, in fact, the one who brings the gifts. On Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and Epiphany, Greek children go from house to house singing about the birth of Jesus, the coming of a new year, and the baptism of Jesus in exchange for a few coins.
Christmas in Italy
In Italy, the Christmas holiday lasts for 3 days (24, 25, 26), hence the "crib" - the scene of the Nativity of Jesus, which Italian families install 9 days before Christmas.
During this period, Italians offer sweets with the image of Santa Claus or Jesus to their loved ones, co-workers or neighbors. In Italy, however, Christmas traditions differ from region to region. In the north of the country, the gifts are brought by Santa Claus (Santa Claus) or Little Jesus (Gesu Bambino), on December 25. Elsewhere, they are brought by St. Lucia on December 13.
Christmas in Poland
In Poland, the Christmas period ("Gwiazdka" or "little star") is dedicated to the regeneration of the vital forces of the world, that is, of humans, animals and nature, in order to fulfill the cycle of the passage of time, in the best conditions.
Modern traditions associate magic, New Year's blessings, home decoration, and symbols of reconciliation. Christmas carols are still very much present during this period. In some regions, carolers, groups of children or teenagers, will go from house to house with multicolored stars and scenes of the Nativity of Jesus.
For the preparation of Christmas food, a few straws are slipped under the tablecloth to remind them that Jesus was born in a manger. Before they start eating, all those seated at the table share the unleavened bread (oplatek), marked with scenes of the Lord's birth, and wish them well.
Christmas in Bulgaria
In Bulgaria, Christmas ("Koleda") begins at 12 o'clock at night, when young girls prepare a special bread ("Krava") for their favorite "Koledar" (carol). "Koledarii" are young unmarried or newlyweds, who, dressed in traditional clothes, hold in their hands a "Koledarka", a large carved oak stick. They go around the village and stop at each house to make wishes and to receive gifts specially prepared for them. The Christmas holiday lasts until dawn.
Christmas in Germany
The Germans call Christmas "Weihnachten", which means "solemn night", or "Heiligenachten" - "holy night". It is evoked, then, not the birth of Christ, as in Latin countries, but the service at midnight on Christmas.
From the first Sunday of Advent, the Christmas fairs invade the city markets, thus starting the end-of-year holidays. The Advent wreath, made in the family, with green branches that celebrate nature, is placed, in these days, in houses. On it are either four candles, which will be lit successively every Sunday of Advent, or 24 bags of sweets and goodies that will be tasted daily in the family.
Until Christmas, the Germans visit, as a family, the countless biblical scenes of the Nativity of Jesus, in miniature or life-size, figurative or animated, built everywhere.
Christmas in Denmark
Christmas in Denmark is a holiday that is shared with family and friends. Advent festivities begin four weeks before Christmas. The wreath of green branches is made with family or friends and every Sunday is an opportunity to take part in festive meals, in the company of loved ones.At the beginning of December, all the houses and apartments are lit in red, either with a candle or with lanterns made of various materials. Whether they are fir trees or other trees, the trees in front of the houses are also lighted, and the balconies of the apartments are decorated.
Christmas traditions in Europe
Therefore, the spirit of Christmas is found in every place and has a special meaning for each of us.
How do you celebrate this holiday?
There are many ways to preserve memories, but photography is probably one of the most common and accessible of all. With the help of photography, you can stop time and capture a moment that, after years and centuries, descendants will be able to admire. However, very old photographs are only black and white and do not fully convey the beauty of the moment. But in this case, a digital artist comes to the rescue, Sebastian de Oliveira, who uses Photoshop to color old photographs and bring them back to life.
Happy couple, 1948
Circus Girls in Sarasota, Florida, 1949
Wartime beach on the English coast, 1941
Audrey Hepburn, 1956
French women at the fair, Paris, 1935
A car and a girl, 1942
People resting on the beach, France, 1967
Actress Rita Hayworth, 1947
Marilyn Monroe resting on the set of the movie "The Misfits", 1960
Family Picnic by the River, Louisiana, July 4, 1940
Spectators at the horse races in Worthington, Maryland, 1941
On the set of the film "Casablanca" 1939
Waiting for the bus, 1943
Father and son, 1946
Ava Gardner, 1944
Photo taken by photographer Georges Dambier, 1948
French soldier in a trench, 1916
The BIGGEST Christmas Gift Guide 2021: Top 100 gifts ideas, tips and helpful advice from Bemorepanda
Christmas is a truly magical holiday, in honor of which one would like to present all loved ones something really precious. But sometimes it's so hard to find something really worthy, especially if your friends and family seem to already have everything.
The best gifts are given on this bright holiday. Below you will find lists of gift ideas for people of all genders and ages. You will find a list of forbidden gifts, delivery and packing ideas, DIY gifts and many other interesting things about CHRISTMAS GIFTS. This is the biggest Christmas Gift Guide 2021 by Bemorepanda, let's start it.
TOP 100 gifts for Christmas 2021
- Dancing musical Christmas tree
- Fortune cookies in a jar or box
- Unusual sweets and drinks from other countries
- Annual subscription to the online cinema
- Knitted sweater with northern patterns is a traditional gift of northern peoples for Christmas.
- A garland of candies and gingerbreads
- Santa Claus figurine with a bag of surprises
- Figure skates
- Musical box
- Thermo mug
- Santa Claus singing toy
- Tickets to the theater
- Angel dolls
- Bells on a ribbon for a Christmas tree
- Certificate for extreme adventure: rope jump, horror quest, tattoo, etc.
- Ring that changes color depending on the mood of the owner
- Figured candle
- Plates or mugs with Christmas motives
- Christmas Candles
- Wooden map of the world
- Cute slippers
- Night lamp with Santa or snowflakes
- Bouquet of strawberries with decorations
- Figured mirror
- Socks over the fireplace with small surprises
- Organizer for kitchen utensils
- Star or moon night light
- Salt lamp
- Cinnamon and mint-flavored candy cane
- Custom-madetree toy (for example, with a photo of the recipient)
- Snow globe with Christmas attributes inside
- 3D lamp in the form of a deer
- Glow in the dark window stickers: stars and snowflakes
- Atmospheric calendar
- Home planetarium
- Artificial tree that can be disassembled
- Motivational poster
- Poster with Christmas symbols
- Drawing board
- Christmas earrings
- Gloves will be a pleasant gift to your grandmother or grandfather.
- Christmas tea
- Hanger in the hallway for clothes in the shape of a deer
- Anti Stress toy
- Christmas pillow
- Touchscreen gloves
- A set of tools that is a suitable Christmas gift for a husband with “golden hands”
- Apron with Christmas symbols
- A set for growing herbs at home
- A book for winter holidays is a wonderful gift as well
- Christmas Santa boots with gingerbread, candies and nuts
- Weather forecaster
- Special light for reading
- Cookie mold practical gift for wife
- Sport accessories
- Piggy bank for money
- Kitchen scales
- Heated insoles
- Mini heater
- Symbol of the animal of the coming year
- Pocket ( for cards, money, etc.)
- Travel backpack
- Washing sponge with body milk from Christmas edition
- Makeup brushes
- Glowing Christmas tree decorations
- Mirror ball
- A set of knives
- Christmas forms for fried eggs
- Real fountain pen with a bottle of ink
- Pair of watches for lovers
- Decorative vinyl wall
- Electric tape measure
- Hand fan
- Castle with fingerprint
- Original playing cards
- Knife sharpener a funny gift with a hint of your husband
- Interactive Santa
- Decoration in the form of socks
- Clothes Organizer
- Holder for wine bottles
- Colored Glasses
- Balls orbizy
- Stylistic Notebook
- Tattoo sticker surprise for a classmate
- Artificial succulent
- Face masks can be a good present to your sister for the winter holidays
- Garland with a clip for photographs
- Exotic fruits from other countries
- Bluetooth speaker
- Wishes on pieces of paper in a jar
- E-book or an annual subscription to an online reader
- Socks with pictures of classics on them
- Soft headphones for sleep for those who like to sleep with music, but are afraid to break the device or damage their ears
- A set for making Glintwine on their own.
- Beauty box - a set of brushes, creams and masks
- Flask, with handwritten inscriptions, drawings
- Table games for a loved one is always a good present
- Electronic heating pad
A wonderful tradition to present your loved ones with Christmas gifts. If you want the surprise to be remembered for a long time and bring more pleasant emotions, then it is better to choose something with a deep meaning and special meaning. This will immediately stand out from the rest, and make the recipient feel special.
WHAT TO GIVE YOUR CHILDREN FOR CHRISTMAS
On a special occasion, adults try to please children not only with things, but also with sweets, filling Santa Claus bags with gingerbread cookies, sweets, chocolates, nuts and other delicious delicacies. For kids, this holiday is as important as a birthday.
Giving gifts to children for Christmas, mom and dad try to fulfill their secret or explicit dreams. If a child wants to ride a bike as a gift, most likely he will see it under the tree on Christmas Eve, or more likely the morning after it.
But what happens when children dream of receiving an expensive gadget as a gift, or a flight to the moon? Of course, there are options when a loving father and mother take out a loan to please the child.
Consider alternatives that are more affordable if your budget is tight. But if a powerful computer or graphic tablet is needed for a teenager's studies, the development of his talents, then perhaps this is a good way out and the child will receive the perfect Christmas present.
And instead of a flight into space, a performance arranged for a child will be a worthy gift. A play, objects symbolizing a dream, a helmet or jumpsuit like astronauts, a painting with a lunar landscape are good ideas. Even courses for training an astronaut are fine too.
Some more good ideas for Christmas gifts for children:
Figured chocolate. What happens if you combine a funny character or a wonderful thing with your favorite chocolate? That's right, a sea of delight!
Be sure that receiving a huge chocolate bar for the holiday will be a bright event for a child of any age and even for an adult with a sweet tooth.
Neokub. A set of magnetic balls that funnily roll, push off or magnetise, creating a huge layer for experiments.
A great souvenir for a crumb for New Year and Christmas. Various forms are created from them, which are then calmly destroyed, while a person enjoys pleasant tactile sensations.
Mechanical piggy bank. A box from which a cat's paw crawls out and pulls in a coin, placed on a special podium.
A mesmerizing thing will make a person of any age laugh, especially a younger one, because this nimble paw is so interesting to watch! In addition, it is useful for children to acquire the skill of preserving numerous coins or tokens.
Alarm clock with a target. Truly a universal item for a baby, teenager or adult "owls"! This little thing is an alarm clock, from which the target crawls out during the call. To close it and turn off the alarm, you need to hit the target with a laser pistol.
And some models allow you to activate the game mode and shoot with pleasure.
GIFT FOR PARENTS
When you are looking for something to give your parents for a holiday, you rarely find a suitable option right away. Mom and Dad put a lot of energy and love in their children and I want to find perfect gifts for them.
A gift can be both shared for the older family, and separately for the father and mother.
Painting. It doesn't matter the origin of the canvas, whether you purchased it, painted it yourself or ordered it from an experienced artist, the main thing is to choose the canvas so that the parents would like the plot and performance.
Pay attention to the style of painting or graphics you are purchasing. A couple more obligatory points: the size of the painting must fit into the dimensions of the apartment and fit the interior.
Collector's edition of the book. There is nothing better than a book in the genre preferred by mom or dad. You probably know which books your parents will love.
Spiritual book Traditional gifts for believers - The Bible is what is customary to give on a religious holiday.
Hanging chairs or bean bag chairs. A necessary thing for those who do not mind, sometimes relaxing while reading a book or watching a movie, or maybe arrange a cozy afternoon nap.
Comfortable upholstered furniture will help parents feel care, comfort and convenience through personal experience.
Paired mugs are a budget present for parents, both original and useful in everyday life. Place a box under the tree - a fabulous Santa brings gifts on Christmas night without forgetting anyone.
Miniature (1-2 cm) golden mouse and spoon. They attract wealth and prosperity. A mouse as a symbol of thrifty, and a spoon implies the presence of food on the table, i.e. satiety.
WHAT TO GIVE TO A FRIEND AND FRIEND FOR WINTER HOLIDAYS
How to choose a gift for a friend? What to give friends and girlfriends on a Christmas theme?
If you approach the purchase seriously, the present will be able to touch your friend to the core. A guy or a girl with a sense of humor can give something funny and ridiculous, and at the same time laugh at it. And if photos are taken during the presentation of the gift and emotions are reflected on them, it will turn out even better. Memorable photographs warm and evoke pleasant nostalgia.
“Tinned socks”, a funny souvenir, is perfect for a merry fellow. A “buddy socks” is a pair or more pairs of socks packed in a kind of can. You need to open them in the same way as ordinary vegetable ones.
Thanks to the present, you will laugh together, and socks will not become superfluous in your wardrobe.
Non-standard periodic table. A useful little thing for bartender friends. Instead of the usual cells with the names of the elements, the table is filled with various names of spirits, cocktails and snacks. And sometimes the contents of the cells are hidden from the recipient until he erases the protective layer with a coin or something similar.
The “Swiss Flashlight” is the best for friends who love adventure or hiking. What gift to choose for a friend if he has a lot of these things? An unusual and original flashlight should be multifunctional. Now it is a trend when one item contains several functions. For example, a series of Swiss knife tools are added to the lighting.
A mini fridge will help you get a soft drink or ice cream at any time. And the range of places for use is extremely wide: on a hike, on the beach, while watching a movie, etc.
A large figured Christmas candle will decorate your home on a joyful holiday.
A giant Christmas gingerbread painting will bring pleasure to your sweet tooth girlfriend.
Bracelets, pendants, rings for friends. To show how important your relationship with your girlfriend / boyfriend is, present them with matching accessories and wear them regularly.
By tradition, people hide them in their wallets so that soon it will be filled with rustling pieces of paper.
An attribute of the bright holiday of Christmas to a believer, for example, an angel, a “Christmas star” flower, or an LED Santa with a Christmas tree. Attractive beach stones, rare coins , etc. Present any cute trinket and tie it with you, they say, “I will look after you through this little thing”, “I will be with you everywhere”. The surprise will not only touch the soul, but also support in difficult times, bring good luck.
PRACTICAL CHRISTMAS GIFTS
If the person you want to surprise doesn't like useless things that take up space, then it's best to give him a useful gift. And here is our next selection of presents.
Food container. If your friend is a busy personality and he often has to eat outside the house, then the lunchbox will come in handy. Pick up a gift for your friend for Christmas, depending on whether he has a snack at work or a full dinner.
They differ in color, size, number and shape of compartments, and method of closing.
Smart scales are useful for many: from a girlfriend weighing herself every hour to a friend who remembers them once a month. The balance communicates with the smartphone app and transmits the weighing results. The device calculates the proportion of fat and muscle, determining the type of figure and other delights. BUT you can give them only if the woman is not touchy and does not take the gift as a hint of excess weight, but to help in maintaining good shape.
The Hidden Object Keychain is tiny but useful. Something that can be given to a spouse who often loses keys and other little things We all have at least once lost some small thing in an apartment and could not find it for a long time.
Depending on the type of device, it will beep and blink in response to a subtle whistle, some will respond to pops, while others are completely activated using an application on the phone.
Power bank. The right thing to recharge your phone. Being comfortable in everyday life and having a fancy look, the power bank is useful for those who like to sit in their smartphone.
In 2021, the trend for the shape of the power bank: pokeball, food, unicorns and emoticons.
INEXPENSIVE AND SYMBOLIC CHRISTMAS GIFTS
By the beginning of the holiday and surprises, it happens that not everything has been bought, but the wallet is already empty, or a loved one already has everything he wanted. In this case, the following list of inexpensive and symbolic gifts for the holiday will come to the rescue.
Photography is a symbolic presentation. It sounds corny, but this is actually a curious option. Find two photos together: the oldest you can find and the newest. Insert a photo in a double frame and touch the recipient. An emotional panel will be a good gift for your wife for Christmas and at the same time budget if you don't have enough money to buy an expensive gift.
Keychain. Buy a metal pendant and order a symbolic engraving from the master. It can be an important quote, autograph of a movie star, a line from your favorite song, etc. The decoration will turn out to be a kind of luck magnet and analogue to expensive gifts.
A great gift for a believer can be associated with religion. Cross made of gold or silver, or a ring with an engraved inscription is a touching and sincere gift.
It's a good idea to give your friends small figurines associated with the great holiday for Christmas: baby Jesus, Virgin Mary and the Magi.
Want to impress the recipient and give a memorable gift? Try DIY Christmas presents.
Our selection of Christmas presents you can make yourself.
Picture or photography. If you have the skill of drawing, create a drawing or picture yourself. If not, there are many simple videos on YouTube on how to paint a picture for beginners.
Embroidery on clothes. To complete the plan, you need some skills. Find the simplest basic T-shirt and embroider letters or pictures on it.
Drawing on a backpack is easy. Buy paint for fabric or leather, and paint a simple yet eye-catching silhouette on the largest pocket of your backpack.
A toy. Everything is clear here, draw yourself or take a toy diagram from the Internet, prepare everything you need and, playing a video tutorial, proceed.
A sweet Christmas gift for children cannot be ignored. A traditional Christmas cake will delight children and adults alike. When drawing up who to give gifts and which ones, try to prepare a new delicacy for each year.
You can make Christmas bouquets and wreaths with your own hands; it is easy to decorate them with bells, red ribbons and bows, which you can buy in souvenir shops.
It is not very difficult to make Christmas candles.
Just imagine what the recipient will feel: the toy in his hands is the only one in the whole world!
There are many video and photo lessons of Christmas gifts. For example, these cute gnomes are very easy and quick to make.
TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS HOW TO BUY AND DELIVER A GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS
Christmas gift-giving ceremony in fancy packaging usually dictates the rules to be folded under the tree or to hand over after a festive service. The atmosphere of mystery and anticipation adds excitement and anticipation of a miracle.
The moment of presenting the holiday presents is as important as the purchase. A joyful mood and new impressions are expected from the gift.
There is a wonderful tradition of exchanging gifts among strangers and in certain groups of people. Collectives and schools wish each other not only Merry Christmas, but also Happy New Year. It's called Secret Santa.
People write the names and / or addresses of the recipient on the gifts, put boxes under the Christmas tree or send them by mail. As a rule, these are symbolic gifts for a certain amount or are made by hand.
Of course, Christmas is more of a family holiday, when brothers, sisters, parents and children, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts and uncles gather. In any case, this is a day of family surprises.
It doesn't matter which one you want and can make a surprise on Christmas day. Sweets, smartphones, sweaters with stupid deer, stockings and sleds, the main thing is that the gift corresponds and does not offend the holy holiday. And it is not so important what the cost of a Christmas present will be received by the participants of the holiday, how much joy and an open heart, the soul from which the gifts were bought.
Buying gifts and presents for Christmas isn't always an easy task. You can be surrounded by loved ones and have fun. Go shopping with friends and family.
If your city is still isolated, shop in front of the monitor. In online stores, the processes of home delivery of any purchased items are now debugged.
HOW TO CHOOSE A GIFT
When buying a gift, consider the recipient's gender and age, hobbies, and lifestyle.
Do not delay with funny preparations, so that later you do not rush to the shops in panic.
Think about the things that the person likes.
Explore the blog or webpage of the person you want to surprise. Perhaps there will be a record in the style of “I dream of getting a porcelain doll for a holiday”, or “10 things that will cheer me up”.
Wrap your gift in a stylish box. Do not forget to give an extra gift when you celebrate the holiday - a surprise candy.
WHAT CANNOT BE GIVEN FOR CHRISTMAS
An unsuccessfully chosen present can ruin both the holiday and the mood of the person being gifted. Here is a list of the things you shouldn't even look at in the store.
- Intimate things, underwear, swimwear
- Cheap trinkets
- A book or comic book accidentally grabbed from a shelf in astore
- Clothing, provided that you do not know all the necessary parameters for buying it
- Supplements and other
- Animals ... There is only one exception, a special situation: you know for sure that the person is ready to receive a pet and wants it
- Fragile items for kids
Children write letters in advance to Santa Claus, which contain a list of things they wish to receive as a gift. Some of them on Christmas night will be placed by parents under the tree.
Adults voice their desires in conversations, in diaries and blogs, and on social media. Listen to your loved ones and you can easily find the best Christmas gift ideas for your loved ones.
If you had the opportunity to travel back in time, what century would you go? Of course, it is difficult to immediately answer this question, because in each era there was something exciting and interesting. Today we will be your time machine and will try to cover different eras and centuries, so that you feel like you've been in the past.
Beer bottle melted by an atomic bomb, Nagasaki, 1945
"Pulp Fiction" at the Cannes Film Festival, France, 1994
Kiev, USSR, hot summer 1958
18-year-old Brigitte Bardot dancing on the roof, 1952
Marilyn Monroe, 1950s
Metal stamps with embedded needles used by Nazi soldiers to tattoo Jewish prisoners at Auschwitz, 1941
Installation for the Day of Beer in Moscow at the Luzhniki stadium in 1998
Sandra Bullock, 1995
Ice Skating Dress, 1896
At an exhibition of beauty salon owners in New York, Ruth Scott modeled a mask that warms up the face and tones the skin. The onlays on her fingers were brass thimbles that protected the nail polish until it dries, March 1940
On October 6, 1889, the Ball Moulin Rouge cabaret opened in Paris on Montmartre. In the photo - his main asset
Oldest known wine: An ancient Roman 1.5-liter jar of wine found in the tomb of a Roman nobleman, dating back to the 4th century
Participants of the contest "Miss Universe" 1951
Soviet store, Ukrainian SSR, Zaporozhye, 1970s
Exquisite pocket watch, 1645
In the very first film of 1913, Fantômas looked like this
Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Benevento, Italy, 1995
Niagara Falls, 1885
Demonstration of the reliability and safety of London double-decker buses, 1933
Captain John "Wild Bill" Crump and his coyote Jeep, 1944