Personalised Christmas Gifts and Christmas Traditions

Do you know why we hang stockings at Christmas? Or how about where the idea of putting a Christmas tree in our homes came from? Even the reason why giving gifts, such as personalised Christmas gifts, is forgotten in the excitement of Christmas Day. We look into the history of Christmas to find out where our traditions come from.

The tradition of hanging a stocking stems from several stories, including the tale of how Saint Nicholas placed gold into stockings hanging over a poor family's fireplace to dry.

This became a tradition that along with laying stockings at the end of the bed has continued right up to present day, with youngsters and adults hanging out stockings in hope that they will be filled with gifts.

Make the tradition personal with the Luxury Personalised Christmas Stocking, which you can add a name to and create a unique decoration that can be used again and again.

What about the Christmas tree? Thousands of years ago people celebrating winter festivals used evergreen boughs around their doors to keep evil spirits away.

But the Christmas tree tradition as we know it is believed to have started in Germany in the 16th century, when Christians brought trees into their homes.

Trees were decorated with gingerbread and wax ornaments available from Christmas markets that remain popular today.

Decorations have come a long way since then and we have a selection of personalised Christmas gifts and decorations for your tree including the Photo Christmas Bauble, a wonderful and unique way to add a favourite family photo or a baby son, daughter or grandchild's picture to the tree.

Preparing Christmas pudding is another tradition that has stemmed from Medieval times, but its origins go back as far as the early 1400s.

It was traditionally said to be prepared on the 25th Sunday after Trinity and to contain 13 ingredients, representing Christ and the 10 disciples.

Meanwhile the tradition of turkey on Christmas Day has not come from so far back in the history books. In fact, up until the last six decades turkey was considered a very expensive meat and was eaten on Christmas Day by very few.

If you or a friend or relative will be preparing the puddings or basting the turkey this Christmas, then why not do it in style in a Personalised Apron. Add a name or a unique message to make a special apron that makes a fantastic and fun gift or treat.

Letter-writing to Santa has been popular for more than 100 years.

If your child writes a letter to Santa every Christmas, they are bound to wonder how Santa gets to read it.

With the Your Letter to Santa Personalised Book, your little one will be able to enjoy the story of how their very own letter gets to Santa, written by the man himself and featuring your child's name on every page.

Whether you're looking for gifts that are traditional for Christmas or something a little more unique, take a look at our Personalised Christmas Gifts now.