Christmas Gifts, It’s a wrap! We Show you how!
The gifts the Wise Men gave the Christ child, indicate they knew the significance of His presence on earth.
Gold was a gift reserved only for Kings. They referred to Him as the “King of the Jews”. They knew this was the Savior who had come to establish a heavenly kingdom on earth.
Frankincense was an incense used by priests. This gift signified that Christ would become the High Priest of all time.
Myrrh was an expensive embalming spice, reserved for royalty. The giving of such a gift at a birth was highly unusual, but it signified Christ’s eventual death.
According to “Christmas by the Numbers” 93% of Americans exchange gifts
Millions of people will exchange gifts, decorate trees, and eat massive amounts of food on Christmas. But just how many people participate in the holiday? According to an infographic from the History channel, nearly every person in America celebrates Christmas.
Here are some Christmas facts according to History.com.
- 95% of Americans say that they celebrate Christmas
Have you always wanted to give a gift that the receiver was thrilled with? Follow Alta’s buying tips!
Alta Lynn Gerlach’s Top 5 Gift Buying Tips
1. Know who you are buying for, taste, style, collections, Ask?
2. Shop year round, Ross, Home Goods, Kohls, are all places to find great deals!
3. Purchase when you see it! (because it will be gone)
4. Store your early buys in a designated place like a closet or cabinet all together
5. Have fun, it’s not about the price it is about the thought
And always re-gift, you may not like it but someone will!
Tammy Anderson: Display and presentation extraordinaire!
1.Must have cellophane, raffia, paper shred, ribbon solids and prints, wired and unwired!
learn how to tie a bow for $.99 http://www.bowapp.showmedecorating.com
before, 3 lonely Wise men (the first gift givers)
gather your supplies
2. Have a gift wrapping station, tub or storage container stocked,with all your supplies
3. Determine how the gift can best be presented (the one everyone wants!)
4. Get to wrapping!
Tammy likes to use inexpensive chargers, available at Hobby Lobby and Michael’s, or a tray as the base to stand figurines on. She used tape rolled on the bottom of each King to hold in place. Cellophane and ribbon were gathered and the wrapping began!
Another way to create a gift is to take complimentary items and package together! Pick a theme such as cooking, gather a cookbook, serving tray and utensil and now you have a gift to be presented at any affair!
Christmas Gift Giving is big business.
How did all this get started and why?
Tradition dictates that it started back when the three wise men came from the east, bearing gifts; gold, frankincense and myrrh to honor the baby Jesus, the King of Kings. Traveling many miles and dealing with King Herod.
The tradition of giving gifts at this time of the year started even before that. The Romans gave gifts in celebration of the winter solstice festival of Saturnalia. They believe that the gift of giving would bring them good fortune next year.
When paganism was replaced by Christianity in Rome, the two holidays merged. The gifts that were once given at Saturnalia were now given at Christmas. The same “give and you shall receive” message remained and when the Roman Empire expanded, the tradition followed throughout its Empire.
The tradition of Santa Claus giving gifts to children came around the fourth century. It started with St. Nicolas, a loved and respected priest, who was traveling through Asia Minor at that time. During his travels, he gave presents to poor children.
In the tenth century, King Wenceslas further added to the tradition. Rather than receiving gifts from his people, he started giving food and clothing to the poor in his kingdom.
The Puritans, who believed that Christmas was an worldly tradition not worth celebrating, had the celebration of Christmas band here until the 1800’s. However, once the holiday finally took off in the United States it really took off. The average American spends over $1,000 on Christmas gifts each year.
With the commercial aspects that Christmas has been put upon it, it is easy to forget the meaning and the message of those who started the tradition in the first place. Giving gifts has a long time honored history. It is better to give than to receive. Read more http://voices.yahoo.com/the-history-christmas-gift-giving-2238053.html
And of course no article would be complete without our definition from Wikipedia!
The exchanging of gifts is one of the core aspects of the modern Christmas celebration, making the Christmas season the most profitable time of year for retailers and businesses throughout the world. Gift giving was common in theRoman celebration of Saturnalia, an ancient festival which took place in late December and may have influenced Christmas customs. On Christmas, Christians exchange gifts on the basis that the tradition is associated St. Nicholaswith Christmas, and that gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh were given to the infant Jesus by the Biblical Magi.
A number of figures are associated with Christmas and the seasonal giving of gifts. Among these are Father Christmas, also known as Santa Claus (derived from the Dutch for Saint Nicholas), Père Noël, and the Weihnachtsmann; Saint Nicholas or Sinterklaas; the Christkind; Kris Kringle; Joulupukki; Babbo Natale; Saint Basil; and Father Frost.
The best known of these figures today is red-dressed Santa Claus, of diverse origins. The name Santa Claus can be traced back to the Dutch Sinterklaas, which means simply Saint Nicholas. Nicholas was Bishop of Myra, in modern day Turkey, during the 4th century. Among other saintly attributes, he was noted for the care of children, generosity, and the giving of gifts. His feast on December 6 came to be celebrated in many countries with the giving of gifts. Read more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas
A later podcast will share more about the man dressed in Red!
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Happy Decorating y’all
Kathy and Becky
the Christmas Decorating Experts