Why Gift Giving is Important in Christmas

Many people take the idea of gift giving at Christmas back to the scripture in Matthew 2:10-11 which talks about the Magi (wise men) giving gifts to Jesus at his home: "When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh."

Christmas today is still a time of giving to the needy, to being charitable and having a generous spirit toward one another. Christmas is also the most wonderful time of year, because it focuses things on family, friends and togetherness, beautiful music and decorations, giving, feasting on special foods and singing Christmas carols. It's also about longstanding traditions like the giving of gifts, decorating the Christmas tree, holly, garland and wreaths, the traditional Yule log, the baking of cookies and treats and indulging one's self. The gift-giving tradition is popular because it is both fun and meaningful. It unites us with our friends and families. It helps us remember to love, to be charitable, and to be grateful for what we have.Then there are the parties and celebrations to help alleviate the dark and cold winter's nights, and that goes back centuries to various pagan celebrations as well.

Nowadays, Christmas seems to be all about the gifts. Christmas advertisements have been in newspapers since 1820 and Father Christmas (or Santa Claus) has appeared in stores since 1840.

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