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Why do you give presents to each other at Christmas?
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 someday. 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.
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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 wit…h 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 andLos 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 Niño 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 Americanasays: "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 crèche [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). --------------------
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 each 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.
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 specia…l to us.
Baby Jesus received gold, frankincense, and myrrh from the three wise men, the presents we now receive symbolise these presents
They are a traditional Christmas food in the US, UK, Trinidad, Germany, and Romania.
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 CH…RISTmas
Muslims give each other presents on eid as eid is a celebration also it is to make the person receiving the gift happy
i think the answer is presents or cards because that's what everyone give most people for Christmas i hope i helped **mini moe
Christmas cards maybe or something they know that the person really likes, like something precious
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, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Brothers, Sisters, Friends, Teachers, Babysitters, Strangers (although that might not be wise)... all these people can give presents to children.
No, they give presents for the New Year. For Christmas they go the churches (at night) and wish to each other peace and happiness.
they give me hot dogs and sasuages sincerly,qiuara benning
the same as Americans.
because the 3 kings gave presents to baby Jesus