Holiday traditions and jewelry gifts are long established
practices in many cultures around the world.
In America, celebrating the holidays of Christmas and Chanukah (Hanukkah)
are rooted in centuries of customs and tradition. Most of these customs
were brought here by immigrants. Some have been added that are purely
These traditions are rooted in religion, family, and even geography, to
list just a few of the many influences on how we celebrate the holidays.
Holiday images in classic movies such as White Christmas differ greatly
from the reality of sub-tropical Florida or the desert southwest.
The preparation and serving of traditional foods... and the giving of
gifts, are important parts of these celebrations, across America and
around the world. Jewelry is a wonderful holiday gift. It is also a
popular gift, and appreciated by the person receiving the gift.
Jewelry is always a popular item when exchanging gifts.
Christmas-themed jewelry often makes an appearance at this time.
Christmas-themed jewelry is traditionally worn during the period between
Thanksgiving Day and New Years, but it will be in style year after year,
so it remains a popular gift genre.
Some jewelry gifts carry a religious theme, such as a Christian cross
or Star of David. A seemingly infinite variety of design variations in
religion-themed jewelry are available.
Interestingly, many holiday jewelry gifts include brightly hued gems
of multiple colors, whether or not the piece has a holiday theme. Possibly the
choice of a multi-colored pendant, brooch, or ring is inspired by other
bright and colorful decorations of the season.
Traditional jewelry pieces are probably the most popular. Pieces that
can be worn all year will always be in demand. Earrings, bracelets,
pendants, pins (brooches), necklaces, wrist watches, brooch watches, right
hand rings, cocktail rings, signet rings, coin rings, and hair jewelry
offer many choices.
Christmas is clinically defined by several sources as...
Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide
cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around
the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that
are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate
Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a
spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion.
Popular Christmas customs include exchanging gifts, decorating
Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and
friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. December 25
– Christmas Day – has been a federal holiday in the United States
Chanukah is described by several sources as...
Chanukah is the Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the
festival of lights, is an eight day festival beginning on the 25th day
of the Jewish month of Kislev. Chanukah is the Hebrew word meaning
Chanukah is probably one of the best known Jewish
holidays, not because of any greater religious significance, but
because of its proximity to Christmas. Many non-Jews are said to think
of this holiday as the" Jewish Christmas", adopting many of
the Christmas customs, such as gift-giving and holiday decorating.
The story of Chanukah begins even before the Hellenistic
period. The holiday commemorates the victory of the Jews, led by Judah
Maccabee, over the armies of Antiochus IV and the Seleucid Empire in
The Hellenistic period began when Alexander the
Great conquered Syria, Egypt and
Judea (in the year 332 B.C.E.), spreading Greek culture and language to
North Africa. Alexander allowed the indigenous people he conquered to
continue observing their own religions and retain a certain degree of
autonomy. The holiday continues to be observed, uninterrupted.
Holiday traditions and jewelry gifts have all become an integral part
of our culture. They bring people together in a spirit of family,
celebration... and fun.
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A Google search for links or images using keywords such as Christmas
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Gem Industry News
Americans Plan to Trim the
Tree and their Holiday Budgets this Year
Some retailers are opening their doors on Thanksgiving day to offer
heavy deals to entice consumers into their doors, and it might be for good
reason as Americans plan to spend less this holiday shopping season.
A new Gallup poll findes American consumers plan to spend an average of
$704 on holiday giving this year, compared to $786 last year. However, the
average consumers shelled out more than they originally planned last year,
which was $770.
When consumers were asked about their spending plans for this holiday
season, 57% said they planned to spend the same amount as last year, 26%
plan to spend less and 15% expect to spend more.