Business entrepreneurs have had a significant impact on Christmas traditions over the years. These are some fascinating insights into how business entrepreneurs have changed Christmas.
Decorations of trees are a significant part of Christmas celebrations. Germans have a tradition of decorating a Christmas tree at home. Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband and the reason Christmas trees became popular in the UK, allowed for a photograph to be published in the press by the Royal Family. Everyone wanted one in the UK! Today, the Christmas tree industry employs more than 100,000 people. With a market value of around $1.5 billion, more than 30,000,000 live Christmas trees were bought in the United States. The Christmas tree industry also has a value of $1.5 billion due to the purchase of 9.5 million artificial Christmas trees.
Montgomery Ward, an American retail company, was the first to create the red-nosed reindeer. As a promotion for their stores, the company made the reindeer Christmas story. This story is still viral today.
Did you know that Oreos are the most requested cookie Santa sends to children? It’s possible that this is due to the fact that over 9 billion Oreos are sold annually. Although it is not known precisely when the idea to leave cookies for Santa was first introduced in the 1930s. They are used by naughty children to bribe Santa, while more excellent kids use them to thank him for his hard work on Christmas Eve.
Sir Henry Cole, who was the first director at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, is the earliest known designer of Christmas cards. Christmas cards became a popular holiday product after the industrialization of the printing industry in 1840.
The Christmas cracker is a beautiful story about entrepreneurship’s creativity, determination, and perseverance. Tom Smith, a London confectioner’s apprentice in the early 19th Century, loved the French sugared almond bonbons wrapped in colored tissue paper and decided to bring them to London. He worked seven years to make the bon-bon more exciting until, after listening to his log fire crackle, he came up with the idea for a bon bon-bon that would be a hit. He created a wrapper of colored paper and added a strip of chemically-mixed paper to it. This friction caused the bonbon to make a sound when rubbed. He was aware that children love bangs and adults enjoy the poems and mottoes he put inside crackers.
Christmas and Business Today
How about Christmas today? ComScore.com, an expert in digital business measurement, reported Monday, 3 Dec 2012 (aka Cyber Monday) as the most expensive day for online shopping, with $1.5 billion.
Digital content and subscriptions saw the most significant increase of 28%.
The Digital Economy will grow further next year, and entrepreneurs who want to keep up with the times must be part of it.