It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. It still is but in reality, more and more people suffer stress during the holidays they can barely enjoy the festivities. Sadly, a lot of people get caught up in the madness that they forget to enjoy the little things that make the season one of the best times of the year.
Here are three possible causes why Americans get so much pressure during Christmastime.
All that shopping
According to surveys, some 51 percent of Americans suffer stress because of the pressure to get gifts or give one. They say it is better to give than to receive, but if you feel constant pressure because of either lack of time or money to give presents, it defeats the purpose.
You can remedy this by opting to create DIY presents. Handmade presents, as simple as they may seem, are often more valuable because they are one of a kind. But if lack of time is your problem, you can shop online to avoid the holiday madness at the department stores or buy ahead and wrap them early.
All the decorating
Time to bring out the holiday decors. Sometimes, the mere sight of taking out all the holiday decors can cause a lot of stress for some people, especially the competitive ones who want to go all out all the time.
What’s good to know is that there are teams who do residential Christmas light installation, so you don’t have to do the backbreaking work. You can put your vision to life or collaborate with the company for an amazing lights display in your own home.
All the cooking
Do you know that cooking, particularly cooking that is left unattended is the top cause of home fires during the holidays? Yikes. But most of the stress related to cooking comes from the sheer desire to come up with a holiday feast that is one for the ages.
Be smart about this. What’s good is a holiday feast if you’re too tired to eat? Rather, turn it into a potluck and delegate the dishes amongst your family.
Remember that part of the reason people are so happy during the holidays is the many festivities that come with Christmastime. But if you are too tired to enjoy them, what good is that? So be smart about holiday activities and learn how to avoid and manage holiday stress.
Every year, the Christian world celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. It is an event children and adults look forward to. Christians, however, are not the only ones waiting for the Christmas holiday. Commercial establishments and offices find this an opportunity to spruce up their place and adopt a festive mood to attract customers.
While there are many signs that Christmas is in the air, nothing shows it better than Christmas lights. Shops are adorned with Christmas lights and decors. Municipal halls and community centers are also brighter than usual, with municipal Christmas lighting outlining their facade. Whether it’s for your home or for a commercial or municipal office, Christmas shines brighter (pun intended) with these special decorative lights.
Residential vs. Municipal Christmas Lighting
When choosing Christmas lighting for your store or commercial space, it is important to first know how to detect the correct lights. There are three differences between lights used for commercial or municipal offices (C/M) and those for residential:
C/M lights shine brighter. The lights used for commercial purposes shine brighter because they are meant to overtly attract the public. Do not use this type of lights for your home if you don’t want to be the focus of complaints by your neighbors due to your home’s blinding brightness.
C/M lights last longer. These lighting systems are designed to be on for more hours during the Christmas season than their residential counterparts. They are manufactured with sturdier and longer-lasting materials.
C/M lights are more weather-resistant and less prone to tangling. These lights are exposed to harsher weather conditions than normal in-house Christmas lighting and are made with better insulation. They also have tangle-free properties as they are exposed to strong winds.
Christmas lights are must-haves for the Christmas season. Make sure you get the right type of lighting for your store or commercial property, and that they meet government safety standards. To be sure, buy only from reputable stores and suppliers.
The word “Christmas” evokes an imagery of white drizzled with bright colors. If you look at it closely, those colors aren’t just the wrapped gifts, stockings, or decorations on the tree; the bright and shining ones are those strings of Christmas fairy lights.
No matter where you go, these lights are everywhere.
In most neighborhoods, homeowners see if they can outshine each other by decorating their homes with the best set of lights. Even communities are up for the competition, investing in high-quality municipal Christmas lights.
Where did this fascination of lights come from?
According to the History of Christmas, the tradition of lighting the darkness stems from the Norsemen’s celebration of midwinter festivals. The said celebration took pride in endless nights of feasting and drinking Yule, Norse god Odin’s beer, while they watch the fire burn the Yule log.
Europe is a big fan of the Yule log lighting tradition. According to believers, the log’s flame summoned the return of the sun while driving away bad spirits. Christianity also took part in the tradition, believing that the light represents Jesus as the light.
How the Light Reached Trees
Druids and Romans started the tradition of decorating trees. Eventually, Christians took part in the practice. There were also stories of Martin Luther, the legendary protestant reformer, being one of the first to put lights on his trees. Rumors said Luther was fascinated with the lights, thinking they were brilliant twinkling stars.
In the mid-19th century, most British and American households did not have trees due to the supposed pagan origins. In 1848, the popularity grew due to an illustration of Queen Victoria and her family gathered around a candle-lit tree in the Buckingham palace.
Now, lighting up their trees is a part of British Christmas tradition. Eventually, the United States followed suit.
And the rest is history.
To this day, Christmas lights are part of every family’s tradition, and it continues to evolve. As the years progress, there’s no doubt that more people will see newer and better lights during the Yuletide season.