We can see it, we can hear it, we can smell it. Christmas is all around us. That is the most wonderful time of the year for many, when friends and families can bond, share quality time together and exchange gifts.
In fact, the very concept of Christmas might be seen as a genius innovation. It is a holy celebration, that throughout the years got assigned with many innovative attributes: starting with the Christmas tree and Santa Claus, up to must-see-movies and Christmas shopping lists. Some may say, it is “a marketer’s dream, wrapped up as a sentimental holiday celebration”.
Couple of Top 10 Christmas innovations date back to 17th and beginning of 20th century. Christmas tree as we view it today was invented in Germany as the reflection of starry night; while the jolly Santa Claus is the outcome of Christmas campaigns. The Christmas innovations of today are tied with the most recent achievements in technology and observations of consumer behavior. Scroll down to find out what are the Top 10 Christmas Innovations.
In fact, Christmas Tree is the innovation of the 16th century. Back then German Christians decorated their homes with fir tree, when protestant reformer Martin Luther came up with the idea of putting lights on the trees. He got the idea from looking up at the stars twinkling through the evergreen trees. He wanted to capture the beauty for his family, so he rigged a tree with wires on the branches with lighted candles. The candles were eventually replaced by Edison’s bulbs. These were a very safe version of the bulbs, which we still use today.
Jolly Santa Claus
The St. Nick- the jolly Santa Claus we all know and love, the man in red suit with a white beard – didn’t always look that way. In fact, many people are surprised to learn that prior to 1931, Santa actually was a tall gaunt, spooky-looking elf. The Santa Claus of today comes from the yearly advertisements of the Coca-Cola Company. He wears the corporate colors – the famous red and white. Further more, he has a backstory of living oversees at North Pole, working with elves at the workshop and travelling in a sleigh pulled by eight reindeer to deliver toys to children all around the world every Christmas Eve.
Christmas Augmented Reality
Christmas AR company allows its customers to experience an unforgettable journey to the heart of the Nativity scene. The Nativity scene is recreated using a cutting-edge digital technology: the Augmented Reality. It is primarily a unique visual and emotional experience where everyone can be become a witness of seeing contemplate Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the donkey and the ox come alive in the crib.
Cardly Charity Cards
Cardly is a platform for curated greeting cards designed by artists around the world, and co-founders Patrick Gaskin, Tom Clift and Mat Buttrey. 20 percent of each sale goes straight to Cardly artists. Cardly recently introduced charity cards to its menu to support non-profits like the Robert Connor Dawes (RCD) Foundation, which provides music and yoga therapy to people with cancer.
Christmas FM is Ireland’s Christmas radio station, broadcasting from Dublin, Ireland. Christmas FM operates on FM, also online and via mobile apps annually. Broadcasts usually start at the end of November and continue up onto December 27th when the station reverts to an automated format all year round (yes people love Christmas music all year round!). Every year Christmas FM raises funds for chosen charity partner. Their mission is to bring the magic of Christmas to the listeners in Ireland and around the world.
Christmas Gift List
Christmas Gift List is a free app for the Android by engApps which lets users keep track of their gift ideas and set up a gift budget for each person and mark the gift as purchased. With the Christmas Gift List, users can add/edit people to their list, Add/remove gifts for each person on your list, Provide a money amount per person and per gift, include notes and the other functions.
Elfster – Secret Santa
Elfster is a free online Secret Santa organizer and social networking platform for gift-giving. Elfster gives time-strapped party planners and gift givers the tools to rediscover the joy of gift giving by organizing a Secret Santa exchange. The Elfster algorithm goes something like this: Elfster Social Gifting = One Part Wishing + One Part Shopping + One Part Social Networking + One Part Gaming = Tons of Fun. Elfster started with Secret Santa and it also does charitable gift exchanges, Hanukkah gift exchanges, Eid gift exchanges, and all sorts of fun community gift exchanges all year round.
NORAD Tracks Santa
NORAD Tracks Santa is ready to begin the countdown to December 24th and everyone is welcome to join. Users can watch Santa traverse the globe in real time on Christmas Eve as he distributes gifts to all the people in the world.
Solar Powered LED String Light
Thomas Edison unveiled his first twinkling Christmas lamps in 1879. It was just a few weeks after inventing the first practical incandescent light and the world’s first electric circuit. Throughout years Christmas lights have evolved. These mini-LED outdoor Christmas lights rather than the traditional age-old classic lights, are solar powered and bring warm white color when shining. Users enjoy no additional costs of electricity, further more mini-LED lights turn on automatically, so there are no more worries about forgetting to turn the decorations on!
Wordless Wrapping Paper
People have been wrapping gifts since paper was first invented circa 105 A.D. Era of colored paper, plastics and marketing have played a major role in the looks of the gifts. Designers Fabio Milito and Francesca Guidotti came upon their Wordless wrapping paper discovery after Christmas, when they realized they couldn’t use leftover Christmas wrapping paper for other occasions. So they solved two practical problems: created a "passe par tout" wrap and eliminated the need of a gift card. The result turned out to be amusing, and most importantly, it reduces waste of paper and time.