For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. The King will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me. Although many people exchange or simply give gifts at Christmas time, most of us aren t really sure why we do so. Is it custom? Certainly. But it did not start with Christians or Jews for that matter. The most ancient cultures display evidence of gift giving. So no one can credit Christians with inventing the act. In our present culture when a birthday is celebrated, the gifts go to the birthday boy or girl. Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah, the Christ, the One sent by God the Father to rescue all of humanity from its worst possible fate life and eternity apart from the one true God, (who has revealed himself in the Bible as Elohim, Jehovah, Yahweh,
and) who is the Source of all that is good, right, and beautiful. This makes Christmas a birthday celebration (and no, it does not matter that historically speaking Jesus was most likely born in the spring celebrating his birth in December is a choice to remember it much like celebrating Communion is an act of remembering his death).
So why give gifts to each other instead of giving them to the birthday boy? The answer lies in the scriptures above. While there is much history behind how we arrived at exchanging gifts on Christmas day, the main reason is this: when we do so we are emulating God. God gave the world the most precious gift in the person of Jesus Christ. God The Son laid aside his glory, humbled himself to become a human baby, to be born of a woman into poverty, to live the life of a peasant, to be rejected by the very people he came to save, to die a brutal an agonizing death on a cross, and to rise again in triumph over sin and death. Jesus sole motivation in coming, dying, and rising again, was to reconcile a lost world back to God the Father through himself. We love because God first loved us. We give to each other because God gave us the best gift of all. Christmas is a season of sharing, giving, loving, and helping. Why is that? It is because at Christmas we take the time and make the effort to acknowledge our fellow man in the manner that we should all year long. This is particularly true as it relates to the poor, the hungry, the oppressed, the sick, the weak, and the disenfranchised.
We give to each other and especially to those who have less, because in doing so we are not only emulating God s generosity, but we are giving to Jesus, the birthday boy. Merry Christmas Family! The tradition of is an old one, but it became associated with more recently. It is a relic of a pagan custom, namely, the which in Europe. This was celebrated in with gift-giving during the holiday, which took place that month. As became increasingly widespread in the Roman lands, the custom of gift-giving continued. Around the year 336 AD the date of December 25 appears to have become established as the day of Jesus\’s birth, and the tradition of gift-giving was reinterpreted and tied to the story of giving gifts to ; together with another story, that of based on the historical figure of, a fourth-century Greek bishop and gift-giver, it slowly became a part of Christmas celebrations. Some early Christian rulers, however, interpreted this story as indications that it should be their subjects who should give gifts to their superiors, and insisted on tributes and tithes during that period. This changed around the turn of the millennium following the popularity of the story based on the life of another historical person claimed to be a gift-giver,.
Christmas gift-giving to superiors became less common, and around the time of the, customs of gift-giving to children became increasingly widespread in Europe. The custom spread to the United States around the 19th century. This also coincided with the desire of some elites to reduce the rowdiness of adult Christmas celebrations, which in some places were tied to begging, as \”bands of young men, often rowdy, would \”wassail\” from home to home and demand handouts from the gentry\”. Another related aspect was the growing desire by parents to keep children at home, away from the \”corrupting\” influence of the urban streets. Another relatively recent change concerned the time of Christmas gift-giving. For many centuries, gift-giving took place on December 6 around or in early January after. The popularity of this custom grew after the positive reception of the 1823 poem and the 1843 novella. By the end of the 19th century, replaced early December or January dates as the most common date for gift-giving in the. It is custom for one to open a single gift on the evening of Christmas Eve. [