Are you thinking about giving back this Christmas? Christmas time is a wonderful opportunity for helping others and, of course, is more well known for the time where we share gifts. You might be wondering why Christmas time is the perfect opportunity for giving to others.
History Of Christmas Giving
To understand why Christmas is a time for giving, it’s important to know the history and tradition behind it. One of the main reasons why Christmas is a time for giving is to remind us of the Christmas story. Of course, it was Jesus who received the gifts of Frankincense, Gold, and Myrrh. Each of these gifts also has its own meaning and then there is the main gift himself. Jesus is often considered by Christians to be a gift from God to the world.
This concept has evolved into the Christmas gift bringer. Kris Kringle, Santa Claus - he goes by various names around the world. In Italy, it’s an old woman who delivers the gifts while Spain believes it’s the Wise Men themselves. There’s no right answer of course and they all bring gifts or treats.
Interestingly, presents are left in different places and opened at different times throughout the year. It all depends on where you reside in the world. For instance, in Mexico, some gifts won’t be opened until the 6th of January for a celebration known as the Epiphany.
There are more fun and modern traditions too like Secret Santa. Here the person who provides the gift is kept secret throughout the exchange or at least until the gift is given. It’s become popular in workgroups and large groups of friends around the world.
Helping Those In Need
Of course, Christmas giving also provides the chance to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves and need more support. Charity donations are often more popular during the festive period. This is perhaps once again because we remember Jesus and how he helped those around him regardless of their wealth or status. It could also be because Christmas is about celebrating what and who you have. So, it’s important to remember those who may have very little or who could need your help this Christmas.
There are a variety of different ways to partake in Christmas donations as well. There are charity gift cards that can be provided as a gift to a loved one. Or there are charity gift vouchers where the recipient is able to choose what charities they donate the money to. It’s a great way to celebrate the Christmas time tradition of giving.
Christmas charity gift cards aren’t the only way you can give back through the festive period of course. You can also think about providing your time to a cause and volunteering.
Ultimately, Christmas is as much about giving as it is receiving. It’s embedded in our culture as a time where we give to those less fortunate than ourselves. One of the most popular Christmas tales of all time ‘A Christmas Carol’ is a message on the benefits of being charitable and the dangers of only thinking about yourself.