It is rightly the season to be jolly as when Christmas comes, there is laughter and merriment all around. One of the reasons for this joy is the exchange of gifts so synonymous with this festival. Santa can be seen in all sizes at street corners, shopping malls and various other places reminding everybody that they have to get out there and shop till they drop for their loved ones.
The custom of giving gifts on Christmas is mainly carried out to remind everybody of the presents that the wise men gave Jesus. The gifts are opened on different days in different countries. In fact the gifts are also placed at different places in different cultures. For example, in US and UK the children leave out stockings by the fireplace for Santa to fill up with gifts. The parents then sneak the gifts into it at night when children are sleeping. Gradually with age children learn the truth but it is fun while they believe it is Santa that brought the gifts. Some countries practice leaving gifts under the Christmas tree in the night and children get up on Christmas morning and rush to see their presents.
In some countries gifts are opened as early as on the 5th of December that is St. Nicholas Eve. In some cultures people open their presents on St. Nicholas day that is 6th of December. However the majority of the world including Indians open presents on Christmas day on the 25h of December.
Every year people try to make their gifts as unique as possible for their loved ones. There are people who share the joy of Christmas with the less privileged in orphanages and old homes. This is truly a noble way of celebrating Christmas.
Now as far as gifts are concerned; the 21st century has seen quite a lot of innovations in this area. There are online gift shops that have made life so much easier. Now you do not need to be a part of the maddening crowd that is seen during Christmas in malls; especially if there is a sale. You can make use of online discount coupons or promo codes and shop from the comforts of your home.
You can opt for assorted gifts in a basket or go for individual gifts that can be easily browsed online with the help of categories such as men, women, parents, kids, friends, corporate gifts etc. Christmas gift hampers with candies, chocolates and wine or luxury gifts such as watches or perfumes can also be easily bought online.