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When did the tradition of giving gifts on Christmas begin?

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Asked by nargis bhambi, 23 Dec '09 11:02 pm
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The practice of giving gifts at Christmas is traced back to the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh that were given to the Christ child by the three Magi. The magi were kings from the East, wise men who traveled a great distance following a star, to find the Christ child and to bring him gifts. The visit of the Magi to the Christ child was originally celebrated on the Feast of Epiphany on January 6th. Over time, the tradition of giving gifts came to be more associated with Christmas than with Epiphany. (It is the time from Christmas to Epiphany in the Church calendar - from December 25th through January 6th - that is recognized as the twelve days of Christmas from the old Christmas carol.).

However, the tradition of giving gifts to loved ones at Christmas became more and more popular as the middle ages ended and the modern era began. Various countries and peoples began to make gift-giving a regular part of the holy day (or holiday) over a period of time. By the time the Americas ...more
Answered by Joseph Chacko, 24 Dec '09 01:21 am

 
  
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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 childrood, 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 thier 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 eve ...more
Answered by saranathan Narasimhan, 24 Dec '09 03:09 pm

 
  
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A long answer, may i put it in your mail box. regards
Answered by sharad sharad, 23 Dec '09 11:35 pm

 
  
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I think jawed is right
Answered by kamal purohit, 23 Dec '09 11:04 pm

 
  
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Its a story of st Nikolas ,,,,,,,,who used to give gift to the poor children........
Answered by jawed mukhtar, 23 Dec '09 11:03 pm

 
  
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