Christmas is truly one joyous occasion that everyone looks forward to. People from different parts of the world have their own ways of celebrating Christmas. In Germany, Christmas preparations normally start on the eve of December 6 where with people busy with baking all sorts of cookies and spiced cakes. Children would write letters to Christkind, a winged figure with golden crown and dressed in white robes who distribute gifts for everyone. In China, children would decorate their Trees of Light, the Chinese Christmas Tree. They would decorate them with wonderful ornaments that are usually made from paper in shape of lanterns, flowers and chains among others. In the Philippines, where it is said to have the longest Christmas celebration ever, usually starts their Christmas preparations as early as September up to the first week of January. As soon as September starts, people would start playing Christmas songs and would start planning for their Christmas parties at home and at work. Stores would begin to sell items that can be used as Christmas gifts. You would even begin to see some houses filled with Christmas decorations. Generous companies would even start to schedule parties for different institutions like orphanages and homes for the elderly. There would be dozens of Christmas bazaars with different items sold at really low prices.
Christmas, in whatever part of the world you would be, is all about the spirit of giving. Everyone goes to great lengths just give something special for their loved ones. Gifts would range from toys, clothes and gadgets. Some would even give a Christmas hamper to their neighbours. Christmas food hampers can be prepared individually or bought in most commercial stores. They do not necessarily have to be the most expensive presents. What is important is the thought behind the gift and the fact that they are prepared and given with love.