We all start to think about Christmas earlier in the year...at least, we do, anyway! It seems that, as soon as the Halloween decorations have left our shops, the fake snow and baubles are placed next to the greeting cards, with Wham and Maria Carey belting out the hits!  Whether it’s spreading the cost of the holiday season, (we offer Klarna to help) or the worry of catching the looming postal deadline (our last day for orders in time for Christmas is the 20th), the constant reminder of ‘Holidays are coming’ rings out earlier and earlier in the final quarter of the year. One real marker that ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ has begun, though, has to be Advent.

The word advent stems from the Latin ‘coming’, and dates back to as early as 567, when monks were ordered to fast during December in the lead up to Christmas.  The anticipation of this particularly important day in the lives of these early Christians was celebrated throughout the month, in a way that showed their reverence to Christ.  Our modern day traditions are a little more indulgent, however!

The origins of our modern day advent calendar first became popular just over a hundred years ago in Germany.  This time, the tradition comes from the expectation of Kris Kringle leaving presents under the Tannenbaum, and we here in England commissioned our version first in 1956, although at this stage, without the chocolate. The chocolate advent calendars didn’t really get popular in the UK until the 1980’s, but have remained a steadfast addition on the mantelpieces of children and grown-ups ever since.

If you love chocolate and I know we do we have luxury hand-made chocolate in many of our  Christmas gifts, the Night Before and the Chick Flick and Blockbuster are a really indulgent way to treat yourself or a loved one whilst enjoying a great Christmas film.

Last Christmas we had only just launched our online shop which added to the excitement. Would we succeed, will our choices impress our customers?  Well I’m pleased to say it has been a wonderful year.  Our collections have grown and the small independent businesses that we have discovered have inspired us, there are so many great and creative British businesses out there, we doubt we’ll ever run out of new products to showcase in our hand-picked gift boxes. 

Here at ooh, we believe that the joy of giving gifts and seeing the pleasure on the lucky recipients face is priceless.  The glow of giving, as some have described it as, has actually been proven to release a powerful hit of dopamine in the brain, and, as is usually the case, the anticipation of your loved one receiving your gift only increases that warm, fuzzy feeling.  Why not check out our specially selected gifts for all ages in the Christmas Collection or browse the shop for specific gifts for people you’ll be missing during the festive season.  The Miss You, The Hug and The Happy are all perfect to share your love over the miles.  Don’t worry, we’ll wrap and deliver to their door in time for Christmas too (last orders 20th December).

It’s been a long year, and Christmas means so much to so many people, and in so many ways.  As the nights grow longer and the days get darker, it’s now more important than ever to let loved ones know that you care.

So, as we welcome the season and the end of year, we here at Oohbox wish you a safe, healthy and happy Christmas.

November 26, 2021 — Julie Selby