From all of us at TTP, we hope that you are enjoying the festive season, and recharging your energy for a productive and successful 2017. We thought this would be an opportune time to reflect on Christmas, and how it is celebrated globally.
Christmas is celebrated with different traditions around the world, typically including activities such as decorating a tree, setting up displays of festive lighting, baking a ham and/or turkey and opening presents. In many countries such as England, The United States and Australia presents are opened on Christmas Day, which also features a lavish family feast. In some European countries including Scandinavia, presents are typically hand-delivered by Santa Claus and opened on Christmas Eve. A smorgasbord (buffet), music and dancing are also traditional activities on Christmas Eve amongst the Nordic countries. In these locations Christmas Day is typically spent attending church, with the entire day reserved for quiet reflection and rest in the company of immediate family.
Following on from Christmas Day, we have the less-understood Boxing Day. Originally, Boxing Day was the first working day after Christmas, and it was traditional for trades people, postal workers, errand boys et cetera, to receive a “Christmas Box” containing money or rewards for their hard work during the previous year. In more modern times, Boxing Day has transformed into a day where retailers hold their major sale event, and significant sporting events are run (for example the Boxing Day cricket test match and the Sydney to Hobart yacht race in Australia, as well as the Premier League football matches in the United Kingdom). In a sense, our “Christmas Box” is now the reward of a day off, where we can choose an activity that suits us best.
Regardless of your religious beliefs or customs, Christmas is a time of peace and goodwill to others. However you choose to celebrate, we send our Season’s Greetings and very best wishes to you, with our hope that 2017 will bring many opportunities for us to help you achieve your professional success!