Why Do We Give Gifts At Christmas?

Why Do We Give Gifts At Christmas?

Everybody knows that Christmas is a time to give and to GET gifts. We love receiving presents and watching people open the gifts that we have picked out for them. But, why do we give gifts at Christmas time?

Why Do We Give Gifts At Christmas?

When I was about 10 years old my family started a tradition of gift giving. Instead of giving gifts to everyone we drew a name, kind of like secret Santa, and set a price limit. My younger brother thought it to be fun to try and guess who picked whom at Christmas. There were some years that he got right and some that he missed. Now that we are all married, we have added our spouses to the name drawing.

I love watching the person who I have, open their present every year, especially if I was able to get creative. One year we used our gift exchange to tell my family that we were pregnant with our first child, they promptly freaked out about they were so excited.

This idea of gifts is one that everyone looks forward to each year. So much so that because of Black Friday, the biggest present shopping day of the year, one store changed their word to ThanksGetting. Totally do not like that, but you get the point.

We love ripping open the wrapper or box to discover what is inside. And if you decide to pull a prank with it then there better be something great in the bottom box.

One of my favorite presents that I have gotten was a Contigo coffee cup. Up until this point I had tried a bunch of different traveling mugs and I consistently got coffee on myself. So I was determined to find a mug that would not spill no matter what. My brother-in-law (the one who passed away) gave me this mug. The Contigo is so cool, you can turn it upside down and it will not spill. Such a Great Gift!!!

With that being said:

Why do we give gifts at Christmas?

I believe that we can get carried away with all the gifts each year and lose sight of why we are doing it and worshipping Christ. But with normal giving how did this tradition start?

If we were to go back to the birth of Christ we would see the first gift exchange to Christ from the Wise men. There were most likely more than 3 men but we really do not know what the number. We do know that they came sometime after Jesus was born and two years old. Scholars take both sides of the issue.

Matthew 2:11 And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.

The gifts offered to Christ looked to the future of Christ’s life. Scholars say that:

  • Gold – Pointed to Jesus as King
  • Frankincense – Pointed to the Priesthood of Jesus- this was a part of worship and alludes to our worship of Christ
  • Myrrh– Spoke of Christ’s death, as it was part of the burial process

Ever since the gifts of the Magi (Wise Men) Christians have given gifts at Christmas time. Some families in application of three gifts only give three gifts to their children.

But there is a deeper spiritual truth behind this.

A gift was prophesied in Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

God was going to give a son to the World. Studying this prophecy, we find that it is talking about Jesus Christ. The apostle John goes further in John 3:16.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

You see the ultimate gift was Jesus Christ.

The best part of this present is that it is FREE!

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God
Is eternal life
in {Through} Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Christ came as a gift and gave His life as a FREE gift for all.

Early believers reflected this giving, by exchanging gifts every year in remembrance of the ultimate gift. And also because of the Magi giving the first gifts.

We must never forget that Jesus as the ultimate gift!

  • Do not’s for exchanging Gifts
    Do not forget the true gift of Christmas
    Do not focus exclusively yourself
    Do not spend extravagantly
    Don’t go into debt for gifts
  • Do
    Do celebrate Christ
    Do give a gift to Christ
    Do focus on worshipping Christ
    Do focus on others

What are some of your family traditions for gift giving?

What is your favorite gift?

What has been your favorite way of remembering Christ as the Ultimate gift?

Can’t wait to hear from you! And remember that Jesus is the ultimate gift!

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