Why do Christian's give presents at Christmas?
To symbolise the three wise men giving Jesus his gifts. And to prove their love and loyalty for Jesus. Christmas is celebrating Jesus and showing friends and family how much you love and care about them.
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We do this to represent the three kings giving presents of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh to Jesus when he was born. We also do this to show other people that they are special to us.
Some reasons presents are given at Christmas are: . We give gifts as a symbolic gesture of remembering the gifts that were given to Jesus by the Magi as well as in thanks to God for the gift of Jesus. More importantly, God gave His only son (Jesus Christ) so that we can live with Him in heaven som…eday. He is the only One worthy to pay the price of sin for all mankind. . To show the love and care that you have for others. It is Jesus' Birthday. . We give gifts because we wish to show appreciation for another person. i. (MORE)
In the Christian religion, gifts are given on Christmas tocelebrate the biggest gift of all; God giving us His only son,Jesus. The giving of gifts are also based on the gifts of gold,frankincense and myrrh that were given to Jesus by the threemagi. I think we give gifts to show that we care for eac…h other, and itschrist's birthday. On your birthday you get gifts. Well christ issuuch a good person that he wants everyone to be happy, not justhim so gifts from MoonarStore are given to everyone!we put up achristmas tree because it has lights on it and following the lightsif what the christans believe in.Thats my best guess-this is areally hard question and good one too. (MORE)
It is tradition that has been passed down through the ages that says that the three kings gave presents on the night of the birth of CHRIST. That is why we give presents at CHRISTmas
Usually it's your parents or other family members, while friends give you presents as well. However, the traditional gift-bringer in many westernised countries is "Santa Claus", known by different names, depending on the country. (See the related question.) Moms, Dads, Grandmothers, Grandfathers, Au…nts, Uncles, Cousins,Brothers, Sisters, Friends, Teachers, Babysitters, Strangers(although that might not be wise)... all these people can givepresents to children. (MORE)
Santa Claus isn't real but children are told by their parents that he comes down their chimney. If you don't have a chimney, your parents usually say he has a special key to get through the door. santa is real, usually if you say he is not then you will get a bag full of coal and a a cynical adult …;) (MORE)
Just think what people in France get for Christmas, and what people in America and Britain get for Christmas. Many things are very similar. Finland is no exception. The presents in Finland are exactly what presents are in all other countries around the world. They give Clothes, Jewelry, CD's, DVD…'s, Games, Money, etc... Another perspective: That's the obvious answer, but I think the question refers to how is present giving and the presents themselves, and other Christmas traditions, different in Finland rather than how they are the same. Why wouldn't there be different traditions in different cultures! Sure, many of the basics may be the same, clothes, books, etc. But any country will have some different traditions as far as when the gifts are given, how they are given, etc. There may very well be special traditional gifts that vary. Just as many, many different families right here in the US have different traditions regarding how Christmas is celebrated, when, and types of gifts. The best example I can think of is Hanukkah (Chanukah) versus Christmas. The Jewish culture has it's own traditions separate from a Christian culture. I wish I knew something about Finland and could give you a good answer. Try asking your question again, wording it differently and putting it in not only the Holiday categories but whatever categories there may be for Finland and categories for cultural history or traditions or something similar. (MORE)
In a way but all that matters is giving not receiving. So if you give a hundred dollar present and you get a cheaper one. I would be happy with what I got.
The gift of "Love".. Every single person on the planet craves to be loved, not always in the "Boyfriend-Girlfriend" way, but to know some one cares for them enought to call it love. the way you could love you sister or your best friend. We can live with out most things in life but to live with out …love could destroy to hardest of men. (MORE)
Christmas cards maybe or something they know that the person really likes, like something precious
The concept of gift giving at Christmas is a social development based on social precedence, and generally not with any religious basis, from where the custom grew.
It is hard to imagine celebrating 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 Chris…tmas 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 http://wiki.answers.com/# 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. (MORE)
Traditionally, in northern and eastern France, the main day forgiving presents was St. Nicholas' Day (Dec 6). That tradition islost and it is by now customary to give presents on ChristmasEve.
It depends on what your boyfriend likes and/or how deep your relationship is with him. If he likes sports, you can buy him things such as jerseys of his favorite athletes, baseball cards basketball, football. If your relationship is deep with your boyfriend, you can consider things like roses, sw…eets, etc. If you're not in a deep relationship yet, then you can consider things that reflect his personality. (MORE)
Well, both girls and boys love music. So I would say an I-pod would be a great gift. An I-pod is a music player. You can buy songs, movies, TV shows, podcasts, you can even upload photos on to I-pods, They even have giftcards. If you have a per-teen girl, IM-ME is great. It is by Girltech. You can I…M your friends with it. Or My Life is good. It is a handheld game and girls can design their dream lifes. Or the Stylin' Studio by Girltech is good. You take a photo of yourself, and give yourself a makeover on the computer. Then you can print it out ans send it to your friends. Of course, you could always give them a giftcard. Per-teens love those. If you have a boy................................I don't really know much about them but a basketball, a football, or video games ia always good. I HOPE THIS HELPED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):) ************************************************************** I make hemp jewelry that I sell mostly to teen boys. http://www.greathemp.net I also put them in a red embossed stocking stuffer bag for Christmas. Check it out! Definitely original. im a girl and i love gift vouchers and jewelly so give that a shot and boys tend to like things to play on the x box or playstation as i have a brother aswell xx (MORE)
basically the same principle: friend, parents, family, aquaintances ,people you care about they give each other gifts, sort of to show how they care about the person or how special they think the person is or they do it just to be nice and giving :)
There are no restrictions to what Christians can and can't eat. Therefore, Christians can eat whatever they want at Christmas time :D Ie. Food or mumma's milk if you're little enough :D In my opinion, the most tastiest thing to eat is Grandma's sausage rolls and potato salad. Just sayin'
Naturally you want to give your best friend, the best gift. My preference is for green or eco friendly pet gifts. These can include organic clothing, organic dog grass for healthy eating, all natural and gourmet dog treats or gift baskets, a recycled collar, an organic cotton or hemp dog bed, eco fr…iendly pet toys. There's even an eco friendly "dog toilet" called Potty Park on the market, perfect for pets whose owners are inclined to sleep late in the morning or get home late in the evenings. And let's not forget love. Becuase the great thing about dogs is that they'll love you unconditionally, despite the gift.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (MORE)
Get him something that is closest to his personality. Like if he is really sporty, get him something that is worth while, like a rare baseball card if he is into baseball.
During this period, the nacimiento (Nativity scene) is quite prominent. What is involved in this? Well, in public areas as well as in churches and homes, scenes are set up with figures (large or small) made out of ceramic, wood, or clay. They represent Joseph and Mary kneeling before a manger that… holds a newborn baby. Often there are shepherds and Los Reyes Magos ("the wise men"). The setting is a stable, and some animals may round out the scene. The central figure, however, is that of a newborn baby, called in Spanish el NiÃ±o Dios (the Child God). This key figure may be placed there on Christmas Eve. A Closer Look at Nativity Traditions Concerning the Christmas celebration as it is generally known all over the world, The Encyclopedia Americana says: "Most of the customs now associated with Christmas were not originally Christmas customs but rather were pre-Christian and non-Christian customs taken up by the Christian church. Saturnalia, a Roman feast celebrated in mid-December, provided the model for many of the merry-making customs of Christmas. From this celebration, for example, were derived the elaborate feasting, the giving of gifts, and the burning of candles." In Latin America, those basic Nativity customs may be followed, along with additional ones. 'From what source,' you might wonder. Frankly, many who want to adhere to the Bible recognize that some customs are nothing but Aztec rites. El Universal, a newspaper in Mexico City, commented: "Friars from different orders took advantage of the fact that festivities of the Indian ritual calendar coincided with the Catholic liturgical calendar, so they used this to support their evangelizing and missionary work. They replaced the commemorations to the pre-Hispanic divinities with festivities to Christian divinities, introduced European festivities and activities, and also took advantage of the Indian festivities, which resulted in a cultural syncretism from which authentically Mexican expressions have arisen." . SOME WOULD BE SURPRISED In his book The Trouble With Christmas, author Tom Flynn set out conclusions reached after years spent researching Christmas: "An enormous number of traditions we now associate with Christmas have their roots in pre-Christian pagan religious traditions. Some of these have social, sexual, or cosmological connotations that might lead educated, culturally sensitive moderns to discard the traditions once they have understood their roots more clearly."-Page 19. After presenting a mass of supporting information, Flynn returns to the basic point: "One of the great ironies of Christmas is how little of its content is truly Christian. Once we dispose of the pre-Christian elements, most of what remains is post-Christian, rather than authentically Christian, in origin."-Page 155. . The Encyclopedia Americana explains: "Nativity plays early became a part of the Christmas celebration . . . The representation in church of the crÃ¨che [the manger scene] is said to have been begun by Saint Francis." These plays featuring the birth of Christ were performed in the churches during the beginning of the colonization of Mexico. They were organized by Franciscan monks in order to teach the Indians about the Nativity. Later the posadas became more popular. Whatever the original intention behind them, the way the posadas are held today speaks for itself. If you are in Mexico during this season, you can see or sense something that a writer for El Universal highlighted in his comment: "The posadas, which were a way to remind us of the pilgrimage of Jesus' parents looking for a shelter where the Child God could be born, are today only days of drunkenness, excesses, gluttony, vanities, and more and more crime." The idea of the nacimiento emerged during Colonial times from the original live representations in churches. While some find it attractive, does it correctly represent what the Bible says? That is a valid question. When the so-called three wise men-who in fact were astrologers-visited, Jesus and his family were no longer living in a stable. Time had passed, and the family was living in a house. You will find it interesting to note this detail in the inspired record atMatthew 2:1, 11. You can also note that the Bible does not say how many astrologers there were.* In Latin America, the three wise men replace the idea of Santa Claus. Still, as is done in other lands, many parents hide toys in the home. Then on the morning of January 6, the children look for them, as if the three wise men brought them. This is a money-making time for toy sellers, and some have made a fortune on what many honesthearted people recognize is just a fantasy. The myth of the three wise men is losing credibility among a goodly number, even among little children. Though some are displeased that this myth is losing believers, what can anyone expect of a fantasy maintained only for the sake of tradition and for commercial convenience? Christmas, or the Nativity, was not celebrated by early Christians. One encyclopedia says about this: "The celebration was not observed in the first centuries of the Christian church, since the Christian usage in general was to celebrate the death of remarkable persons rather than their birth." The Bible links the celebration of birthdays with pagans, not with God's true worshipers.-Matthew 14:6-10. This does not, of course, mean that it is not beneficial to learn and remember the actual events involved in the birth of the Son of God. The factual Bible account provides important insights and lessons for all those who want to do God's will. -------------------- Saint Nicholas, considered to have provided the original concept of Santa Claus (Father Christmas), according to legend secretly brings gifts to children on the night of December 24/25 (Christmas Eve/Christmas Day). -------------------- (MORE)
Baby Jesus received gold, frankincense, and myrrh from the three wise men, the presents we now receive symbolise these presents
If someone hasn't already, a self made photo album with your own captions. Works every time.
No single event prompted the custom of exchanging or giving gifts at Christmas, rather it evolved over time. In the Early Middle Ages, Christmas Day was overshadowed by Epiphany, which in the west focused on the visit of the magi. But the Medieval calendar was dominated by Christmas-related holida…ys. The forty days before Christmas became the "forty days of St. Martin" (which began on November 11, the Afeast of St. Martin of Tours), now known as Advent.  In Italy, former Saturnalian traditions were attached to Advent.  Around the 12th century, these traditions transferred again to the Twelve Days of Christmas (December 25 - January 5); a time that appears in the liturgical calendars as Christmastide or Twelve Holy Days. The prominence of Christmas Day increased gradually after Charlemagne was crowned Emperor on Christmas Day in 800. King Edmund the Martyr was anointed on Christmas in 855 and King William I of England was crowned on Christmas Day 1066. (MORE)
Yes, they do, although it is common to give gifts on January 6, Three Kings Day (Dia de los Reyes Magos.)
If you believe in Santa, he does. Now kid, stop wasteing your time and start enjoying the holiday spirit.
It depends on the person. For younger children, toys and games would be nice. For adults, home gifts or specilty items would be nice. For virtually all ages, books, clothes, electronics, and movies are pretty good, too.
Lotions and Sprays. My mom always loves fragrances. Candles. Get her a snuggie. Or something like that.
That's usually something that Santa and the parents work outtogether when he comes. Often, you give something to your son andSanta brings him something too. But when finances are tight, itmight only be Santa.
They are equally important. At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son. Easter is when we celebrate His resurrection. On good Friday, Christ was crucified,died, and was buried, defeating sin, and rebuilding the bridge between God and man. On Easter Sunday, …He rose and defeated death. Both Christmas and Easter fulfilled Scripture, occurring as prophesied thousands of years prior. Another Answer : Personally, as a Christian, I can say that neither are important. Why? Because Jesus wasn't born on 25th December, and He wasn't resurrected on "Easter Sunday" (which is a different date every year). I worship God in spirit and truth every day, and do my best to follow Christ Jesus every day, and I don't need any Pagan holiday that has been "Christianized". (MORE)
yes because Santa clause is not real, we want our children to believe in Christmas and Santa because it's such a wonderful time of the year for children.
if you need some thing simple a bracelet would be nice for a girl if your not getting that has a lot of culture :)
They don't..... Muslims are not giving any presents for Xmas, they celebrate 2 Eid-s in a year only
No, they give presents for the New Year. For Christmas they go the churches (at night) and wish to each other peace and happiness.
- It's Just a Wayy To Show Or prove How Much You Reli Love aPerson by qiving him/her a gift and by thm doing the same back to you it show's love, appreceation , kindness , and also trust : )) & plus don't You Just love recieavingg gifts from other's not knowingg what you got because it's a suprise ,… it's just very supriseinqq and lots of people love to receive gits from you and other's : )) â¥ - Hopee Thiss Helpeddd Youu Outt ; )) - Nikki . (MORE)
hey i really hope this helps bu the best answer is you could give your mum love or you could give her a necklace or ring with love on it or her name or even special mum and on the ring you could write u and your brothers and sisters name or if u have none and just write your one-name .Also you can't… beat slippers and pyjama's. people im trying to get a present for my mum and want different ideas if u see this could u write thank's (MORE)
It depends on the family, but generally yes. Answer: In Hanukkah, the only traditional gift is the gelt (coins) given to children.
In the United States, in is traditional to give gifts to: . your immediate family . members of your household . some extended family . close friends Gifts are also sometimes given to: . coworkers . household staff / babysitters . acquaintances . whoever is on your mind that you would… like to pick something up for (MORE)
Yes,he does.But......BEHAVE GOOD!If you don't,he'll bring you coal or nothing at all.(And believe me,HE'S REAL)But you have to clean your room and make it neat.Then,you'll have to tell your parents that your responsible.they'll think about it.And so Santa will watch you.(By a huge snow globe I belie…ve)Then he'll think about it.Then he'll bring you a puppy!:) But also,put that you want a puppy in your letter.(For him to know that you want one) (MORE)
Yes, you can technically give a Muslim a Christmas present. However I would highly suggest that you do not directly call it a christmas present as this may offer some. Instead call it a holiday present (holiday from school/work etc) or a December present. This way, you lower the risk of offending so…meone you care about. (MORE)
Even if you are not in your house, he'll find you. Trust me, he's amazing! Merry Christmas!
I believe it is on Christmas Eve :) That's what my friend and her family do, anyway.
The 3 Wise men from the East thought they were going to meet a great king and so they brought the most precious things they could think of. Frankincense is the dried sap from a tree in Arabia and it is expensive. Myrrh is also the dried sap of a tree in Arabia. Both of these have a very strong smell…. Frankincense is burned to help cover bad odors. Myrrh was used partly as a perfume. The last gift was gold. (MORE)
Type your answer here... We are German and we wrap gifts to be given to the giftee on either Christmas Eve or Day. In other words, t he same way every other person celebrating Christ's birth does -- why? Did you mean: is there a tradition for giving Christmas presents that is specifically conduci…ve to people living in Germany? (MORE)
no because if your bank manager doesn't like your present you will probably get the boot
I'm pretty sure that religion is prohibited in China so they probably don't give Christmas presents
Giving presents in Christmas symbioses gold and wealth. It is a celebration to the birth of Christ.
to make them surprised and exited to see the gifts this would make them wait for the part to get thier presents
because it is part of their religion. christians belive that jesus was born on christmas day to mary and joseph. so christmas is a celebration of the saviours birth.
Saint Basil brings gifts on the 1st of January and that is whengifts are exchaged.
Hi there,im having the same problem. You see, I am going to the theatre on Thursday and then have a nonuniform day at school on Friday. I've got uggs for Christmas =, and am desperate to wear them. I've decided to try the " one time wont change the tea in china" and " if i know what im getting it wo…nt make a difference" trick, but i doubt it would work. I will try though! make a bet or get a good reportcard . (MORE)