Gift-giving is a symbol of love.
These gifts symbolize our need to give the gift of Christ to others, as well as our need to receive him from others.
However, the problem with giving gifts on Christmas is that the focus becomes on the gift itself, rather than on the gift we are celebrating–Jesus Christ.
Why do we give presents at Christmas?
Christmas Presents. 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 Jesus by the Wise Men: Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh. Frankincense: is sometimes used in worship in Churches and showed that people would worship Jesus.
What is the true meaning of gift giving?
The Meaning of Gift Giving. Remember, it’s more than just a gift it’s a demonstration of your feelings. Gift giving is actually a way to invest in a relationship. In essence, it is a social lubricant, a way to celebrate life, love and friendship and become a better partner, spouse, friend, employer and person.
Why do we give presents?
Underlying that custom is an important purpose: appreciation. We give people gifts to show them that we are grateful for them and value the role they play in our lives. Because gifts don’t express appreciation, people do.
When did Christmas gift giving start?
Early Christians and the legend of St Nicholas
The day of Jesus’ birth was established as December 25 in around the year 336 AD. Yet many pagan customs continued in the festive season, including the tradition of giving gifts. The new festival of Christmas became tied in with stories like that of St Nicholas.