why do we have presents at christmas
One of the main reasons we have the custom of giving and receiving presents at Christmas, is to remind us of the presents given to
: Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh. Frankincense was a perfume used in Jewish worship and, as a gift, it showed that people would worship Jesus. Gold was associated with Kings and Christians believe that Jesus is the King of Kings. Myrrh was a perfume that was put on dead bodies to make them smell nice and, as a gift, it showed that Jesus would suffer and die. Christmas itself is really about a big present that God gave the world about 2000 years ago - Jesus! One of the most famous Bible verses, John 3:16, says: 'God loved the world so much, that he gave his one and only Son, so that whoever believes in him may not be lost but have eternal life. '. All over the world, families and friends give presents to each other.
Most children around the world believe in a. It's often, but in they believe that it is the Christkind, in they believe it is the Wise Men and in they believe it is an old lady called Befana. These presents are also left in different places! In most of Europe, the presents are left in shoes or boots put out by the children. In Italy, the and the presents are left in stockings, often left hanging by a fire place. In many countries, presents for friends and family may be left under the. In the UK, they are often opened on Christmas day morning with all the family together. The custom of hanging stockings comes from the story of St. Nicholas. Presents are opened on different days over the world as well. The earliest presents are opened is on St. Nicholas' Eve on December 5th when children in of ten receive their presents.
On St. Nicholas' Day (6th December) children in Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic and some other European countries open some of their presents. Children in the UK, USA and many other countries, such as, open their presents on Christmas Day, December 25th. The latest presents are opened on January 6th (a month after the earliest). This is known as and is mainly celebrated in Catholic countries such Spain and. One popular way of giving presents in groups such as clubs, school classes and workplaces is to have a 'Secret Santa'. This is where you pull the name of someone else in the group out of a hat (or other container! ). You then buy a present for that person. When the presents are given out (often at a Christmas party) each person is given their present but they have no idea which person in the group bought it for them!
It is hard to imagine celbrating Christmas in the modern world without thinking about giving gifts. But, have you ever thought to yourself, Why do we give gifts at Christmas? In some ways, the tradition of giving gifts at Christmas is a very ancient tradition. In other ways, giving gifts at Christmas is a relatively new development, as well. In the Christian religion, the practice of giving gifts at Christmas is traced back to the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh that were given to the Christ child by the three Magi. The magi were kings from the East, wise men who traveled a great distance following a star, to find the Christ child and to bring him gifts. The visit of the Magi to the Christ child was originally celebrated on the Feast of Epiphany on January 6th. Over time, the tradition of giving gifts came to be more associated with Christmas than with Epiphany.
It is the time from Christmas to Epiphany in the Church calendar from December 25th through January 6th that is recognized as the twelve days of Christmas from the old Christmas carol. To be certain, the ancient Church did not celebrate Christmas as much as it observed Christmas as a holy day. It wasn t really until the modern era. The tradition of giving gifts to loved ones at Christmas became more and more popular as the middle ages ended and the modern era began. Various countries and peoples began to make gift-giving a regular part of the holy day (or holiday ) over a period of time. By the time the Americas were settled, giving gifts at Christmas was practiced by many of the settlers. The early Dutch settlers to America introduced St. Nicholas, or Santa Claus, to the new world.
The early French and English settlers, in contrast, were more likely to give gifts at New Year s or at Epiphany. Ultimately, a common Christmas culture developed in which gifts were given on Christmas. In the nineteenth century, the idea of gift giving took on new dimensions, as the works of O. Henry, Charles Dickens, and Thomas Nast all helped to shape our concepts of Santa Claus and other aspects of the holiday. Today, we all give gifts at Christmas for our own reasons. For some, it is a way to celebrate the Christian holy day. For others, it is a special time to let family and friends know that you care by giving gifts. At times, giving gifts at Christmas becomes almost mechanical, and a chore; when this happens, it is worth stepping aside for a few moments to consider why exactly you give gifts at Christmas.
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