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What do you want for Christmas?

I am traveling internationally over the holidays so I would like a safe journey and a fun trip!

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What are some samples of opening remarks for a Christmas party?

Good morning, everyone. I am thankful because we are here gathered to celebrate Christmas at our most wonderful Christmas party. We've a lot of activities planned and tons of refreshments. In a while we'll exchange gifts.

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What can you buy a nun for Christmas?

Anything decent, but not a rosary please. Everybody else' will be gifting her with one.

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What to get your bus driver for Christmas?

Why will you give something to your bus driver but okay give he or she packed food they work all the time so they dont have time for bathroom and stuff like that and that also get hugery so like a snack but a snack that fill you up

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Where and when did the tradition of exchanging Christmas gifts start?

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The origin of gift giving seems to have multi-faceted roots.

We have many recorded events in history that show the giving and receiving of gifts dates back at least to the 4th century. St. Nicholas, a Christian Bishop, was known for his generosity in giving to those less fortunate than he, as well as giving to children of all backgrounds simply because he felt they needed to savor their childhood, and have joyous times to remember (contrary to the beliefs of that time, which would suggest that boys even as young as 8 be sent to work to help earn income for their families and girls as young as 5 to help their mothers with the housework and meal preparation). The most common gift given were homemade foods and sweets, oranges (this was a huge treat due to the fact they were very rare), handcrafted gifts such as socks, sweaters, dresses, nightgowns, blankets, tables, chairs, and other handmade useful items. This tradition began with St. Nicholas in Turkey. It moved throughout the world very quickly, and before the 10th century is is supposed that nearly every country was participating in this exchange.

Many people believe that the tradition of gift giving started in the year of our Lord within the first year of Christ's birth as the 3 wise men/kings brought offerings to honor him.

Perhaps the sharing of gifts is symbolic of the connection to words of Jesus at the Last Supper when he said "WHATEVER YOU DID UNTO ONE OF THE LEAST, YOU DID UNTO ME".

Some people may not realize that during the first 300 hundred years after Jesus Christ died, Christianity was illegal. Rome ruled, Caesar was believed to be a God and if the Romans found out you were a Christian, you could be put to death. So preaching the gospel was very risky stuff.

2,000 years ago, the educational systems we take for granted today did not exist. Who were the people that had the ability to write back then? Well, they were among the most educated people in society. The ability to read and write was the domain of the scholars in society at the time. When they wrote about the Gospels, they did so knowing it could mean certain death by the Romans who believed Caesar was God. In spite of that, they wrote the gospels about the many events in the life of Jesus Christ to give testimony to what they saw. Many people wrote. Many events were witnessed by many different people.

It wasn't until the reign of Constantine I, when he removed the penalties for professing Christianity in 313 AD that this began to change. And change it did. Christian missionaries traveled across the empire, steadily winning converts and establishing Christian communities and by 380 AD, Christianity became the official state religion of the Roman Empire.

While some people chose to question these events because they didn't see them, that is exactly why this event is so powerful. It is accepted as a matter of faith by most people unlike anything else in our lives.

Many factors and historical practices have contributed to the event that we know today as Christmas.

For example, some of the customs were adopted from non-Christian sources. U.S. Catholic, in fact, said: "It is impossible to separate Christmas from its pagan origins."

The Encyclopedia Americana explained: "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."

Regarding the custom of gift giving, the journal HistoryToday noted: "The giving of presents at the midwinter feast almost certainly began as a magical more than as merely a social custom. Saturnalia presents included wax dolls, given to children. A charming custom, no doubt, by times of record, but with a macabre past: even contemporaries thought this probably a vestige of human sacrifice, of children, to aid the sowing."

The New York Times of December 24, 1991, featured an article on the origins of Christmas customs, including gift giving. Simon Schama, professor of history at Harvard University, wrote: "Christmas itself was superimposed over the ancient festivals that celebrated the winter solstice . . . In the third century, when sun cults like the Mithraic religion of Persia found their way to Rome, days in December were given over to celebrate the rebirth of Sol Invictus: the invincible sun. . . .

"The early Church in Rome had a particularly hard battle against two other great pagan festivals, the week-long Saturnalia, which began Dec. 17, and the Kalends, which greeted the New Year. The first festival was a time of licensed misrule, often presided over by a lord of merriment, not so much Santa as fat Saturn himself, the orgiast of eating, drinking and other kinds of naughtiness. It was during Kalends, when the year changed, however, that gifts were ritually exchanged, often tied to the boughs of greenery that decorated houses during the festivities.

"The attitude of the early church toward all this indecent jollity was predictably frosty. Its fathers, notably the fulminating St. John Chrysostom, urged no compromise with heathen abominations. . . . Since there was no general agreement about the exact date of the birth of Jesus . . . , it must have seemed helpful to have it supersede the Saturnalia . . . So the rebirth of the sun became instead the birth of the Son of God . . .

"In the same way, the Kalends were replaced by the Feast of the Epiphany, and the gifts and trinkets that pagan Romans had given each other became instead the homage paid by the three kings to the new King of the World. By the middle of the fourth century, the basic features of the Christmas calendar were set for good."

While historical data supports the influence of pagan practices on the origin of Christmas and its customs, many argue that such origin really does not matter. Responding to Professor Schama's article, early this year a retired rabbi wrote in a letter to the Times editor: "The origins of an institution have nothing to do with its value today." Regarding Christmas and other such celebrations, he claimed: "Their celebrants endow them with a new meaning that gives purpose to their own lives and lifts their spirits in exultation."

Answer2: The New Catholic Encyclopedia acknowledges the date of Christ's birth is not known. According to the hypothesis accepted by most scholars, the birth of Christ was assigned the date of the winter solstice (December 25 in the Julian Calendar) because on this day as the sun began its return to the northern skies, the pagan devotees of Mithra celebrated the birthday of the invincible sun. Christmas originated at a time when the cult of the sun was particularly strong in Rome. In view of the irrefutable evidence at hand, in harmony with the scriptures Jehovah's Witnesses refrain from sharing in Christmas celebrations. In harmony with the Scriptures, they strive to practice " the form of worship that is clean and undefiled from the standpoint of our God, by keeping themselves without spot from the world."- James 1:27.

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What is an example of a welcome address speech?

A welcome speech should mainly be kept short and to-the-point. If you have a good template for a welcome speech, you can plug in the necessary information and use it for many different occasions. See the Related Links below for samples of a welcome speech.

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Do Jews exchange gifts at Christmas?

Some assimilated Jews do. However in general Jews who exchange gifts in the holiday season do so on Hanukah, not Christmas, a totally different holiday. Hanukah is a celebration of an event in the book of Maccabees (which is not included in most Protestant Bibles) somewhere around 170 BCE.

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How do you give a cell phone as a Christmas gift?

This answer is dependent on whether you are gifting a pre-paid phone or a contract cell phone.

THIS answer is fine if you are simply gifting someone a pre-paid cell phone:

Put it in a gift box, wrap it, let them tear it up and watch their expression.

BUT, if you are gifting someone with a contract cell phone, you will need to either:

1. Have the person set up an account in their name with one of the major cell carriers, then you pay for the phone the person wants to use with their new account, or:

2. Add a line to your existing account, purchasing the phone you are gifting the person with to your account.

THEN, you can wrap the phone and give it to that person on Christmas.

You will need to purchase the phone a day or two before you plan on gifting it to the person. That person will only have 14 days to decide if they want to keep the phone you chose for them or trade it for another phone they would rather own.

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Where to find Wee world gift cards?

Safeway, Wal-Mart, Target and online.

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What is a good Christmas gift for mailman?

Dog-pepper spray

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What time will Santa arrive in Texas 2011?

About 1:00 am.

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What are good deals on Christmas gifts in Georgia or the Southern US?

Walmart, Ikea, and Winners usually have great deals! And for electronics go to Future Shop.

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What information is available for an odd Christmas gift from Bud Fisher to Ed Barrow?

This question has not been answered for so long, I had to take a shot at it.

First thing I had to do was look up to see who Bud Fisher was? Harry Conway "Bud" Fisher- An American cartoonist who created the first successful daily comic strip in the United States. 'Mutt and Jeff."

Mutt and Jeff I know. What I don't know is what the odd Christmas gift was? Ed Barrow managed the Boston Red Sox to the World Series before the "Curse of the Babino", then left for New York. As general manager of the Yankees, Barrow organized and developed the farm system that helped build the sport's strongest dynasty. From 1921 to 1945, New York won 14 pennants and 10 World Series.

My guess is that Bud Fisher drew up a personal cartoon for Ed Barrow, that had something to do with the Red Sox, Babe Ruth, and the Yankees, tied in with "Mutt & Jeff? If you contact me with the details of this "odd Christmas gift" I might be able to help.

Either way. If it is an original piece of artwork or a life time pass to the play to "No, No, Nanette" the play Red Sox owner Harry Frazee produced, sold babe Ruth to the Yankees to help finance the production, (in New York) and also recommended Ed Barrow to the New York Yankees :-) ....What ever the gift, the stronger the provenance tracing the "odd Christmas gift" back to Bud Fisher, and Ed Barrow, the more valuable it will be. The value will rely on the strength of the provenance. If the gift is tied into anything that has to do with the Red Sox, and or Yankees even higher.

Provenance is the history of ownership of a particular item. It allows the buyer to secure additional insight as to the origin or chain of custody of the item. A letter of provenance from a family member or party close to the source will hold more weight than a letter from a collector that will hold little weight if any.

Without the provenance the "odd gift" will be valued as a common collectible item, or in the case of an original piece of artwork; be sold as such, and valued accordingly. The people at the television show "History Detectives" on PBS have been in touch with me researching an Item. Oddly enough an original piece of artwork by Sporting News artist/ illustrator Willard Mullin given as a gift to Zack Wheat. This "odd Christmas gift" might be an item they would be interested in researching? Get back to me. Contact me with the details, and I will try to help you out further. You may contact me through the message board by clicking on my WikiAnswer profile or through my website link below.

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What are some great gift ideas for a knitter?

go to your local craft store and see what new gadgets they have for knitters but for the most part those long needles and yarn find some of those patterns for different types of stitching

AnswerMy knitter just loved the gift I gave of having perosonalized labels made for her...said something like " Caringly Handmade by Mary Smith". They are available, fairly inexpensively, at knitting stores, and through ads in some magazines. Takes a few weeks for delivery. (Don't be misled, the ones that are custom stiched or embroidered were very expensive). AnswerMy mother-in-law crochets and I found some really cool craft books on They were well-priced and had a wide variety of patterns. AnswerBeing a knitter, I would have to say a gift card to a yarn store above all, then would be high quality yarn or patterns. Answerhello my name is kya .. i am a knitter i would like to have a knitting kit.. and buy extra yarn i will give them loads of wool
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Do UK exchange gifts at Christmas?

Yes, they do exchange gifts at Christmas in the United Kingdom.

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Why do you wrap Christmas presents?

we wrap them so it is a suprise and it brings much excitment and joy to people

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Where can you find some good deals on Christmas gifts?

You can find some great Christmas Deals at Boots, Metro Centre, Blue Dolphin Centre, Superdrug and Savers.

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Who is the gift giver on Christmas in Australia?

There are many gift box companies in Australia, personally I recommend that box co due to their high quality gift boxes and products

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What country started the tradition of exchanging gifts?

Italy is the accepted correct answer. I am not sure where "anonymous" got his information, but Italy is *not* the "accepted correct" answer. Gift-giving traditions centered around the Winter Solstice have been around since pre-Christian times. Yes, one of those traditions came out of Rome and the Saturnalia (which is in modern Italy), but it is not the first, nor the most direct, influence on modern gift-giving. German and Victorian British traditions; it is directly from those influences that modern Christmas got its tradition. The netherlands answer i agree, Italy is the correct answer, i looked it up in other resources.

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What gifts do Koreans give for Christmas?

Koreans often give chickens or rice and fancy clothes depending on if its North or South Korea.

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What is a good homemade Christmas gift for your brother?

bb gun to hurt little brothers

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Is walmart closed on Christmas day?

Yes it is closed and will remain closed forever because someone through a cat at the logo and Sam Walton (the owner) got mad and had a spaz attack and will open it and call it NO Cats Allowed Mart-lix.

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What are some good perfumes to give a mother-in-law for Christmas?

Some great gifts for your mother-in-law might be:

  • scarf
  • tea/coffee basket
  • book on the best-seller list
  • iPod or iTunes gift card if she already has one
  • frame
  • candles
  • something that relates to her hobby, or a gift certificate to a store that relates to her hobby
  • jewelry - earrings, bracelet, necklace
  • magazine subscription
  • candles/candle holders
  • something to decorate her home with - decorative pillows, wall hanging, etc.
  • ornament or wreath
  • lotions/soaps
  • shawl
  • tour guide book for a vacation she's planning
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What is a good anniversary present for a girl?

Depending on which anniversary, a necklace with both of your initials on it would be cute. Jewelties allows you to personalize your text and finish.

I think a spa gift basket would be perfect. What woman doesn't want to pamper herself. If you're interested please feel free to check out my gift basket site at

Thank you.


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