These days, banners are made in a variety of sizes, colors, layouts, fonts, images, styles, and phrases. Even specialty banners, such as Christmas banners, are made in a plethora of designs. If banners seem outdated or uninspired, think again. More options mean that there are banners to cater to each person's wants and needs. For those who may be having a difficult time deciding on whether or not a banner is the best choice for them, keep reading. This article will overview some of the main categories of Christmas banners available today and how they will be valuable this Christmas season.
For Christians observing the religious aspects of Christmas, décor might not come to mind as a top priority. However, banners that emphasize the true meaning of Christmas can be a great reminder of what the holiday is truly about: Jesus’ birthday. Instead of covering homes in extravagant light displays, consider the appeal of a few modest banners that focus the attention on the spirit of the day. Make praise central to the season by hanging banners that say phrases such as “Keep Christ in Christmas” or “Happy Birthday to the Savior.” Image-based banners are another option. Religious imagery can be a poignant, timeless reminder of what Christmas means. For example, a nativity scene is a great companion banner for other Christmas decorations in the home. Although retractable banners are probably the most popular type of banner construction for professional and display needs, banners designed to go on flagpoles are probably best for outdoor decorating, and banners designs to hang on the wall are probably best for indoor decorating.
Religious banners have uses outside of the home, too. Outside and inside of various religious buildings, Christmas banners can be a subtle, modest, gracious observance of the holiday. Churches, fellowship halls, religious charities, and similar places are the perfect places to hang up religiously themed Christmas banners. If there is a time of the year for worship and festivity, it is the birthday of Jesus. Welcome him into the world, recognize the sacrifice of Mary, and rejoice in the profound miracles of divine force. Church banners are great for budget-conscious religious institutions, because unlike most holiday decorations, banners do not require electricity or frequent repair. In addition to the practical advantages, banners will lift the spirits of whoever frequents the building. Church members attending service will be touched by signs of celebration. Those receiving support from the church at nonprofits will be moved by holiday décor, something that is considered a luxury to some who struggle during the holiday season. So, for religious organizations and religious individuals alike, Christmas banners promote a respectful, religiously-focused day.
Christmas Party Banners
The holiday season is often known as the party season. With Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year all within a month or so of one another, many people attend a constant stream of parties. Office parties, family parties, and friend parties can all start to look redundant after a few events, especially as guests start to feel run down. The solution is to make an event stand out with some unique touches. Sure, many hosts and hostesses focus on food and drinks, but a party atmosphere is much more than that. Decorations and music can really set the tone of an event.
For office Christmas parties, think of something grand. Banners are good decorations for office Christmas parties because they transcend venue. Some offices have parties in-office; they find a big conference room, reception area, or meeting hall. For these cost-saving festivities, a banner is an economical way to inject color and spirit into standard office décor. On the other hand, many offices choose to have parties at external venues, such as boats, halls, casinos, hotels, and other suave spaces. These external events often require cocktail attire. Pick a Christmas banner that holds up to the extravagance of the occasion, with sparkle effects, high contrast, and rich colors that give an opulent look.
For family Christmas parties, banners are a fun addition. Around the holidays, families often relish in old, cherished traditions. Make a new tradition by hanging up a banner; 20 years from now, relatives will marvel at how the banner has stayed in the family and made appearances at so many Christmases. In this way, Christmas party banners can be a piece of family history. While grandma makes the ham, an uncle makes the eggnog, and a cousin wraps last-minute gifts, go ahead and hang up that banner. “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Christmas” will do just fine. For an extra special touch, include the family’s last name. For example, “Merry Christmas Jackson Family” will be a personalized phrase that everyone will appreciate year after year.
For friend Christmas parties, banners can serve a practical purpose. These types of Christmas parties are often hobbled together, spur of the moment, come-one-and-come-all affairs. As all-inclusive events, some guests may not have been the host or hostesses place before. To make sure guests know they arrived at the right place, a Christmas banner among other decorations can show them they can come in and relax. Alternatively, use a Christmas banner at a holiday party to point guests to a focal point at the party venue. For example, a banner placed strategically by the food buffet or open bar will make sure everyone knows where to go to get what they need. A third practical function of Christmas banners at friend parties is to use the banner as a photo backdrop. In recent years, photo booths have become increasingly popular at parties of all sorts, from weddings to proms. Make a DIY photo booth at a friend Christmas party, using a fitted banner as the festive backdrop. This will surely excite guests. Friend Christmas parties are where people go to have a good time. Banners are part of that.
Christmas Sale Banners
Columbus Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday are giant days for sales in places like the United States. The Christmas season is also known for attracting its fair share of shopping sales, whether it is to draw in last minute gift givers, clear out the end of the year inventory before January hits, or raise money for a good cause.
Every year, countless churches, worker co-ops, and independent artisans will hold sales or even gift fairs around Christmas. Often, these events are organized with some charitable goal in mind. For example, a certain percentage of sale profits will be donated to a cause, or sellers will rent booths for which the proceeds will be given to a predetermined cause. Banners play a vital role in these Christmas sales, because they are local. This means that advertisements need to be seen and heard on a small-scale. Banners, flyers, newspaper adds, and word of mouth are how these socially conscious Christmas sales see success. For those hosting this type of Christmas sale or taking up a booth to sell at one, banners are a go-to way to pull people into the event.
Christmas sale banners are perhaps most notorious for appealing to last minute buyers, hoping to snag the perfect gift for a loved one. For this purpose, banners are like giant notices that tell potential buyers a place of business is open late and delivers good sales. In conjunction in mail-home adds that list specific item discounts and deals, banners placed on the storefront are incredibly effective.
Another way to use Christmas banners for Christmas sales that goes hand-in-hand with the last is to leverage them to clear out the past year’s inventory. Many consumers find it difficult—if not impossible—to keep up with the changing trends, stock, and merchandise available at the retailers near them. Product is just too rapid to keep track of it all. However, buyers do not necessarily need to be reminded of this when it is time to shop. A banner that says something along the lines of “Christmas Sale: Everything 30% off” is a compelling way to get new customers and loyal customers alike in the door. Around Christmas, sales are high, but so is the competition. With Christmas sale banners promoting store-wide deals, shoppers will find it hard to resist what is inside a store.
General Holiday Banners
As explained throughout this article, Christmas banners have tons of uses, from religious observation to sale promotion to party directory. Still, there are plenty of people who are interested in Christmas banners but want a more general message on the medium. The answer to this need is to buy a basic Christmas banner. Who is the ideal audience for these types of Christmas banners? They are perfect for nondenominational people, causal Christmas celebrators, and professional or personal decorators. Appealing to a wide variety of people with relatively neutral words and images, these Christmas banners cannot go wrong.
On these banners, imagine some of the most classic, longstanding Christmas phrases and images. These more general Christmas banners say things such as:
- “Merry Christmas”
- “Season’s Greetings”
- “Happy Holidays”
- “Wishing You a Merry Christmas”
Images include things like an evergreen tree tangled in lights and dotted with ornaments, snowmen in distressed top hats and carrot noses, and Santa Claus decked out in his red suit.
The advantage of this type of Christmas banner is that it is agreeable to a large number of people. Additionally, these banners are most likely to be relevant year after year, making them low-fuss additions to holiday decoration collections.