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What is the story behind Christmas Gifting

As children we grew up knowing that Santa Claus comes on Christmas Eve to give presents to all kids he loves. Christmas Eve also came to be known as an evening when all family members gathered near the tree and opened the Christmas gifts that lay under it. But nobody really told us why this gifting practice started. It is all related to Jesus and his birth. 3 Wise men had come to visit him and gave him 3 gifts. The three gifts had certain significance and today’s Christmas gifts ritual is a reminder of the same.

What were the three gifts?

Frankincense: This was a perfume. It was used in olden days to worship God. This practice of using Frankincense was particularly common amongst the Jewish community. This gift to Jesus signified that Jesus will also be worshiped by his fellow men and women. It was an indication that Jesus was God himself.

Gold: The three wise men gave Gold to Jesus at his birth. Gold, in ancient times, was associated only with the royal men. Kings possessed this precious metal. Giving gold to Jesus was a sign that he will be known as King of Kings by Christian community in future.

Myrrh: Just like Frankincense, Myrrh was a perfume. But it had a different sort of significance. It was used on dead bodies to give them a good smell. It was an indication that Jesus will suffer.

The idea of Christmas gifting is popularized by use of different gift bringers across the world. While Santa Claus is the most famous one, there is also Baba Noel is Egypt, Christkind in Germany and the Wise Men in Spain. Each one has a different tale surrounding its popularity.

What are the modern day Christmas gift ideas? Men are given wine chocolates, Christmas theme playing cards, and unique tie pins etc as gifts for Christmas. Women are given home décor items; make up sets or jewellery as Christmas gift. It is easiest to come up with Christmas gift ideas for kids. Anything from toys to clothes can pep them up.
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