Santa Claus… Big jolly guy, red coat, white beard… you know the one – but do you know who, what, when, and why we have this image of Santa Claus…?
The origins of Saint Nick date way back to the 4th Century AD, but that’s another story (read story about History of Saint Nicholas HERE)… this article is concerned with 3 men in particular, who played a massive role in creating the image for the Santa we know and love today.Posted in Uncategorized | | Leave a comment
Did you know that Santa Claus as we know and love him today, is an adaptation of a real person…? Saint Nicholas was a 4th century Christian Saint, and Greek Bishop of Myra, in modern day Turkey.Posted in Uncategorized | | Leave a comment
Christmas in Australia presents its unique challenges in the culinary department… whilst commercial traditional call for robust roast meats by the fire, our warm climate demands more refreshing cold meats, crisp salads and fresh seafood…
Working with what we’ve got, below is a list of typically Aussie Christmas recipe ideas to guarantee this year’s Christmas lunch, dinner or dessert are memorable for all the right reasons!Posted in Uncategorized | | Leave a comment
Christmas time is full of weird and wacky traditions… many of which we don’t even question because they are engrained in our commercial Christmas traditions… but do we really know why we do some of the things we do when Santa comes knocking…?
Uncover the origins of some of our Christmas Traditions below:Posted in Uncategorized | | Leave a comment
As our name suggests, here at Christmas All Year… we love everything Christmassy, and that includes Christmas movies! In fact, the only downside of our 12-month Christmas obsession, is that most of our favourite movies are only played once a year…
In preparation for this time of year, we’ve scoured the Internet’s many different movie ranking websites, blogs and databases, to come up with a conclusive list of the Top 5 Christmas Movies of All Time, based off an average of these rankings.Posted in Christmas | | Leave a comment
Has it ever occurred to you that some people on the other side of the world might think it is strange for us Australians to have a BBQ on Christmas Day…? Or find it odd to eat cold meats, salad and pavlova for Christmas lunch in our backyards….?
Different cultures from around the world have different Christmas traditions, and whilst our Australian traditions may seem pretty normal to us… some other traditions listed below might seem completely insane!
5 Strangest Christmas Traditions
- Shoe-Tossing Singles
In the Czech Republic, it is customary for unmarried women to stand outside their home, facing their front door, and toss a shoe over your shoulder on Christmas Eve. If the shoe lands with the toe facing the door, you’re sure to be married within the year… naturally!
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With Christmas fast approaching, it’s important to cast your mind back wincingly to last year’s awkward moments…
Over-acting your excitement upon unwrapping a random gift from an extended relative, upon receiving something that you didn’t even know was ‘a thing’ until that moment… My Aunt bought me a cap with LED lights in the brim…
Don’t laugh! Learn from these moments… and don’t put others through the same awkward “Oh Wow… What is it?” moment when they open a present from you. (more…)Posted in Christmas Gifts | | Leave a comment
With Christmas just around the corner, the design-minded amongst us are no doubt already starting to turn their thoughts toward home decoration… and the centerpiece of every Yuletide home… the Christmas tree!
Before you go up to the attic and drag down the old box of decorations, have a read of these 5 Secret Tips on Decorating Your Christmas Tree, to help your tree stand out in the crowd this Christmas. (more…)Posted in Christmas Trees,Decorations | | Leave a comment
Imagine that you are standing in front of a lit candle, the atmosphere would be tranquil and still and you would most probably be feeling calm within. Now imagine that you are standing in front of a million different coloured and flashing lights adorning a home or office building. How would you feel now? I’m sure that your whole being would tend to light up inside as well and I bet that you would have a look of amazement or at least have a huge smile on your face.
Using lights to decorate Christmas trees, homes and buildings has been around for eons and can be dated back to pre-Christianity times. In 1483AD Germany started the tradition of illuminating Christmas trees with candles. During Queen Victoria’s reign this tradition was adopted by the United Kingdom and thereafter spread to North America and Australia. During these times the trees were adorned with candles and sugar ornaments and presents were placed underneath the trees (a tradition enjoyed by most to this day).
In 1882 the first electrically powered lights were used and were called fairy lights. At the same time Edward H. Johnson created the first electrically illuminated Christmas tree by using hand-wired and custom made light bulbs. Forty eight years later the Xmas lights finally started to replace candles as the decoration of choice as its popularity grew and it became more affordable for the general public to purchase and use.
This lead to an explosion of lighting competitions between businesses (who could afford the cost of using hundreds of lights to decorate their office buildings) and by the mid 1950’s the Christmas light fever started engulfing households and the now-popular light display competitions began in earnest.
With the advancement in technology came various types of Christmas lights. The change from incandescent light bulbs to light-emitting diodes (LED) proved very popular as they are more energy efficient. Taking one step further and these now have a solar powered option which help to reduce carbon emissions and are ecofriendly. Fibre optic lights offer a new take on the fairy lights allowing for transcendent illumination when decorating the Xmas tree or brightening up the home both indoors and outdoors.
All of these lights have been used to decorate buildings but they started off being used on metal wired frames to create light sculptures. One of my fondest memories when I was younger was when my Grandparents would drive around the city at Christmas time and they allowed me to stick my head outside the window so that I could marvel at the sculptures adorning the lampposts and traffic lights. These days the sculptures have become really “fancy”, they sport 3D designs of angels, snowmen, reindeers and Santa’s with motorised parts moving “body-sized” limbs to the jingle of Christmas music.
I look forward to the days when technology can go a step further and the lights will be able to change into any object that our hearts desire with just the touch of a button.Posted in Christmas,Christmas Lights,Xmas,Xmas Lights | Tagged Christmas,Christmas Lights,Xmas,Xmas Lights | Leave a comment
Pictures are worth a thousand words and therefore Xmas is a great time to get your message across to the ones you love by simply sending a Xmas card. There are so many to choose from; traditional, contemporary, humorous, personalised and generalised cards suitable for every boy and girl, mom and dad, boyfriend and girlfriend, or husband and wife.
Christmas cards come in many flavours, there are the non-religious and all-embracing sentiments of “Season’s Greetings”, the traditional greetings include “Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” and the religious cards embracing prayers, poems or Biblical verses. If you support a particular charity or sporting association you will most likely be able to purchase cards through them and thus have proceeds got to that particular organisation instead of purchasing through the commercial route and supporting the big companies focusing only on their profit margins and not on the goodwill of others and helping those in need.
With the advancement of digital technology you can now send ECards which are online greeting cards, animated cards or Egreetings which deliver personalised messages to family and friends. Due to the fast deliverable times of ECards they tend to be very popular to send to a loved one who might be on the other side of the world (and therefore avoid delays by using the traditional postal systems) or to someone that you might have accidentally forgot about – oops!
Personally I enjoy receiving cards in the mail. I don’t know anyone who does not like to receive letters or cards in the post (unless it’s bills then I am with the majority of the population and would like to just walk past the mailbox and never open it up). By sending a handwritten Christmas card you are demonstrating your love and appreciation for the person it is intended for. Families revel in displaying the Xmas cards received on the mantel piece or have them strung across the room for decoration and nothing screams “popular” more than an array of personalised Christmas cards.
If you want to really wow the recipients of Christmas cards and want to demonstrate that love and attention has gone into the details of the cards and where no random card will suffice then you can create your own. This has become a huge family favourite past-time where the kids put their creative skills to the test by collecting cotton wool balls to create snowmen, or twigs pasted onto cardboard in the shape of Christmas trees and not to forget the use of crayons, paints and collages of paper cut-outs to create Xmas masterpieces. Many a-homemade card has brought tears of joy to parents and grandparents the world over.
For the eco-conscious person you are also able to buy recycled Christmas cards and after the Christmas season most postal agencies place bins outside of their stores where you can dump all of your Xmas cards so that they can be recycled again. No matter which greeting option you choose make sure that you get your cards out early in December and remember to write the messages yourself or else you could be taken off the Christmas list the following year.Posted in Christmas,Christmas Cards,Xmas,Xmas Cards | Tagged Christmas,Christmas Cards,Xmas,Xmas Cards | Leave a comment
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