Many businesses hits a critical period when it came to the Christmas season. This particular season can make the difference between finishing the year with a profit or a loss. Of course Christmas is not just about sales and profit, it’s about friends, family and rejoicing but Christmas and entrepreneurs have fashioned some of our best known traditions over the years.

Here are a few examples of how Christmas and entrepreneurs have mixed together and produced some of our best loved festive traditions.


Santa Claus

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Santa Claus Advertisement in the 1930s (Credits to Coca Cola)


Every picture of Santa shows a big man with a white beard dressed in a red suit. This image was created by those entrepreneurs at the world famous soft drinks cola company back in 1930. They used the image of Santa Claus in their winter advertising campaign and chose to dress him in their official colours of red and white. This look for Santa become popular all throughout the world and has stayed with us ever since.


Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

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Cover of Rudolph (Credits to Shiloh Museum)


In the Christmas season of 1939, the American retail enterprise Montgomery Ward created a reindeer story to give to customers as part of their seasonal advertising campaign. Rudolph the read-nosed reindeer was born and it is still a favourite Christmas story in modern times.


Christmas Cards

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The First Christmas Card (Credits to Whychristmas.com)


Sir Henry Cole, an English civil servant and inventor created many innovations in commerce and education in 19th century Britain. He is acknowledged with creating the idea of sending greetings cards at Christmas time, introducing the world’s first commercial Christmas card in 1843.




Tom Smith’s Christmas Cracker (Credits to Pinterest)


The Christmas cracker is a great story of the creativity and determination of UK entrepreneurs. In 1847, almost by accident, Tom Smith invented the cracker. Based on a French sweet wrapped in paper that he liked, he worked for seven years to create a novelty that has become an integral part of the British Christmas tradition. It is basically a small cardboard tube covered in coloured paper that is a twisted shut at each end. It usually contains a bright paper hat, a small gift, and a motto or joke. The unique element is that when the cracker is pulled apart by two people, each holding one end of the twisted paper, the friction creates a small explosive pop produced by a narrow strip of chemical paper.


Christmas And Entrepreneurs In Modern Times


What about Christmas and entrepreneurs in modern times? Digital technology and online business are the real growth areas. Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year, hit over $2 billion in 2013 on Monday, 2 December. That’s a 20% increase over the previous year with significantly more purchases coming from mobile devices. The digital economy is set to grow even more next year, not only for Christmas and entrepreneurs but for all business owners.

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Article Source: How Have Entrepreneurs Shaped Christmas?

By Jon Allo