Holiday Hostess Gift Ideas
Tuesday Dec 06th, 2022
Here are some great hostess gift ideas. Not only do they have some tradition behind them, you can pick all of these gifts up from small local businesses and help support our community this holiday season.
Candles are a great hostess gift any time but have a special meaning during the holiday season. The significance of lighting candles varies throughout the world. Many different cultures have used it as a sign that the home was safe for a religious figure to enter the home under the cover of darkness.
They are also known as a symbol of welcome to weary travelers. In some cultures, a candle in the window announces the birth of a child or another family blessing. The candle symbolizes celebration & gratefulness.
Christmas candles are also symbolic of the light from heaven which provides us with warmth during the cold winter nights. Christians light a candle to represent the Star of Bethlehem, guiding the Magi to the stable where Jesus was born.
For those of Jewish faith, a menorah in the window is a Jewish custom symbolizing the miracle of Hanukkah.
Plants are a great gift that reminds your hostess that you appreciated their invitation and it can be enjoyed for years to come (depending on how green the hostesses thumb is).
Rosemary is believed that smelling the rosemary plants leaves on Christmas Eve will bring health and happiness to the new year.
Do you know one of the stories behind how poinsettias became a holiday tradition? There is an old Mexican legend that tells the story of a poor little girl who had no presents to leave for baby Jesus at Christmas Eve mass? Her uncle told her not to worry that any gift, no matter how small, would be appreciated. She collected some weeds along the way to mass and created a bouquet. As she placed the weeds at the altar they burst into red flowers. It was considered a miracle by those who witnessed it. From that day bright red flowers are known as “Flowers of the Holy Night”.
Chocolates are a big part of the holiday season. Who doesn’t think of a favourite aunt who always sent a box of a special box of chocolates for the whole family to enjoy as part of the holiday gifts?
Giving chocolate coins as a gift is said to be inspired by the good deeds of St. Nicholas in the 4th century. He was generous & very shy so he would go around town dropping coins down chimneys and through windows into children's stockings.
The Jewish festival of Hanukkah also features children receiving coins. In late Victorian Britain, chocolate coins were used to decorate the Christmas tree.
There is nothing better than being able to share the holiday season with friends and family. We wish you all the best this holiday season.