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Fun Facts from around the World

Fun Facts and Gift Giving Traditions from Around the World

  • Did you know that Santa really does exist—and that he's Greek? From gift-giving to red clothes, Nikolaos of Myra was a model for the modern Santa Claus
  • "Stille Nacht" comes from Austria and is sung all over the world. Still don't know it? It's "Silent Night."
  • In France, kissing under the mistletoe is a New Year's custom, not a Christmas custom
  • In China, sharp items like knives, scissors, or needles are taboo because they symbolize severing relationships
  • Germans consider red roses for lovers and lilies for funerals; heather is often seen in cemeteries and is considered an ominous gift. Other flowers are a better choice—as well as fine chocolates or vintage wines
  • In Italy, gift-wrapped chocolates or flowers make welcome hostess gifts.
  • It's considered unlucky to receive an even number of flowers in many European countries
  • Mexicans consider yellow flowers bad luck since they are traditionally used for funerals.
  • In India, an appropriate hostess gift is candy, sweets, fruit, quality wines, or flowers
  • In Russia, you should choose pink, cream, orange, or blue flowers, but avoid yellow and white. Never send red flowers unless you intend to express romantic intentions
  • Traditionally, the Irish exchange gifts on birthdays and on Christmas. Hostess gifts are also welcome, and flowers, chocolates, gourmet gift baskets, or wine are greatly appreciated
  • In Finland, "relaxation" or spa gift baskets are a special treat that helps people get through those long, cold, dark winter months.
  • In the United Kingdom, Mothering Sunday or Mother's Day was originally when children who had gone to work as domestic servants were given the day off to visit their mothers and families. Today, the number one gift for Mum's day is flowers, but fine chocolates, gourmet gift baskets or wine are also good choices.

When you want to pay tribute to a person's life, sending sympathy flowers and gifts directly to those who are grieving is a moving gesture. A sympathy flower or gift delivery provides comfort to grieving loved ones, as well as allowing you a way to celebrate the lifetime of memories shared. Flowers, plants and other sympathy gifts provide a beautiful and intimate way to express your feelings. Also, the wide variety of options at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM allows you to find a tribute that is as unique as that person was during their lifetime. When choosing from our sympathy flowers and gifts, it is important to consider where they will be displayed – either at the funeral or in the home or office.

Floral Arrangements and Plants

We have a wide variety of floral arrangements available from white lilies, calla lilies and mixed bouquets to wreaths and more. Wreaths are particularly popular as the circle is a symbol of the continuance of life. For a more lasting tribute, you may want to consider a plant such as a gardenia. Both table and floor plants can be displayed at the funeral and then taken home by the family members so they can continue to enjoy the beauty of your gift.

Sympathy Gifts

When browsing through sympathy gifts to send to the home of the deceased, or to be displayed and shared in an office, popular choices are floral arrangements, plants and food gift baskets. Sympathy gift baskets are filled with comfort foods to help grieving friends and family at this difficult time. They are also an excellent choice for sharing at a memorial service. Sympathy floral arrangements from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM allow you to choose a beautiful way to express your feelings to the family. Plants allow the tribute to continue long after the funeral has been held and provide some beauty in the home of the recipient.

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