No time of the year creates as much excitement and anticipation as Christmas Day, and it's easy to see why. For children, it's a magical time when Father Christmas delivers a sack of toys, games and other untold wonders, whilst for adults it's a special time to spend with family and friends. Although Christmas is traditionally a religious festival to celebrate the birth of Jesus, it is also a fun holiday where gifts are exchanged and families are brought together. The preparations for Christmas seem to start earlier every year, but many people will go to a great deal of effort and expense to ensure that their home is stocked and ready for the big celebration.
For many families, the Christmas holiday begins with setting up and decorating a Christmas tree. This may be in the form of a real evergreen conifer or an artificial copy. Artificial trees are widely available in the weeks leading up to Christmas, but can vary significantly in colour and style. Multicoloured lights and baubles are usually hung from the branches of the Christmas tree for decorative effect, although fibre optic Christmas trees have become increasingly popular as contemporary alternatives.
Christmas decorations and lights
The use of decorations and lights to decorate the interiors and exteriors of homes has become an increasingly extravagant phenomenon. Christmas decorations featuring popular Christmas motifs, such as Father Christmas, are hung throughout the house to create a festive interior, while outdoors lights are often placed to adorn the exterior walls of the house and the garden.