4 Lesser-Known Christmas Traditions
Coming from a missionary school I thought I knew pretty much everything about Christmas. At least a lot more than an average (Non-christian) Pakistani with little exposure to the Christian community. Their knowledge about Christmas trees, Santa Clause and Christmas presents is purely based upon TV series, books and similar mediums.
It was the first time I was away from home during the Christmas season and I learned that there is so much more to this festive season than just picking the right tree.
1. Christmas markets.
These markets give a tough competition to shopping malls and departmental stores when it comes to shopping for Christmas. The temporary yet cozy setups attracts a large clientele every year. The markets reminded me of funfairs back in school with lots of local food options and kiosks laden with a variety of mostly hand crafted items. Other than ornaments for Christmas trees and small presents, Christmas markets are perfect for your handicraft and souvenir shopping. If you think you don’t have an eye for artisan ship or not much of a shopaholic then don’t be disheartened because your taste buds are also in for a treat in these markets.
2. Food Tasting.
Speaking of food, nothing says Christmas like a juicy roasted turkey, hot chocolate and to wrap it all up, some hearty Christmas special pudding. All these mouthwatering treats require the best ingredients, lots of effort and a lot more love. Brands are well aware of the increase in consumption of their products nearing Christmas therefore they like to put their best foot forward by introducing new and improved food items and yes you guessed it right food tasting is one of the marketing strategies brands swear by. So in case you fancy free samples and testers then find out which store is hosting the biggest food tasting event.
3.Charity Gift Wrapping
This unique idea of charity is something that you see very often in shopping malls and streets with Christmas season approaching. The idea is to charge a minimum amount for wrapping your presents which is then donated to orphanages, hospitals or any other organization serving a good cause. This gesture signifies the true spirit of Christmas and emphasizes on including the less fortunate in your Christmas celebrations. The kiosks have a range of wrapping material available and remind you of elves working in Santas workshop.
It is a reasonable choice for you to get the job done conveniently and contribute to the well being of the society at the same time.
4. Christmas Choirs
Of course Christmas carols and jingles were no news to me but I hardly expected the choirs to be so talented and melodious in real.
I stopped every time for “Jingle bells” and “Deck the halls” because these are the only carols I have grown up listening to in the movies and yes “falalalala la la la laaa” is my favorite chorus. 😛
story contributed by Fatima Sirhindi