When I was little, Christmas was my favorite holiday because of all the presents. My brother and I would spend the days before Christmas trying to figure out what our gifts were. We’d hunt for the gifts with our names on them, pick up our presents, shake the boxes, and try to read though the wrapping paper. Then on Christmas morning we’d be up a the crack of dawn to empty our Christmas stockings. Yes, I loved Christmas presents.
I still love presents, but now that I’m older, I appreciate the meaning of Christmas more than all the gifts under the tree. Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The true gift of Christmas is the gift of Jesus.
Do you know why presents are exchanged at Christmas time?
The tradition of giving Christmas presents has many historical roots. Before Jesus came along, people exchanged gifts to celebrate the Winter Solstice. On the night of Jesus’ birth, three wise men brought presents of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the baby Jesus. St. Nicholas, the real life figure who inspired Santa Claus, also popularized gift-giving and charitable giving around Christmas.