Why is Christmas a time for giving
Thinking about giving back this Christmas?
Christmas is a time to share gifts. But why is Christmas the perfect opportunity for giving to others?
A brief history of gift giving
To understand something we can look at the history and tradition behind it. One of the main reasons for giving is to remind us of the Christmas story:
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.
The point is of course - they all bring gifts or treats.
Today traditions include things like Secret Santa. The ‘giver’ is kept secret - at least until the gift is given. It’s a popular workplace event around the world at this time of year.
Helping those in need
Christmas 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 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 ways to partake in Christmas donations:
Charity gift cards let the recipient chooses what charities they donate the money to.
Another way to give back through the festive period is to think about giving your time to a cause and volunteering.
Christmas is as much about giving as it is receiving. It’s embedded in our culture as a time when 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.
So, as we approach Christmas this year, are you considering how you might give back? Consider getting in touch with a local charity to see what they need.