Who is still shopping for gifts? Who has completely finished? Who really dislikes the second group of people? 😉 For better or for worse, gift giving is part of most people’s Christmas preparations.
The tradition ofgift-givingis
an old one, but it became associated withChristmasmore recently. It is a relic of a pagan custom, namely, thewinter solsticewhich in Europeoccurs in December. This was celebrated inancient Romewith gift-giving during theSaturnaliaholiday, which took place that month. AsChristianity 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 the Biblical Magi giving gifts to baby Jesus; together with another story, that of Santa Claus
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