The History of Christmas Present

So many customs and traditions that are carried out during Christmas are being believed to have kick-started mainly in the Northern part of Europe ...


So many customs and traditions that are carried out during Christmas are being believed to have kick-started mainly in the Northern part of Europe – Germany, Spain and Italy, especially.


Among the major motivations for the giving of Christmas gifts is the Biblical story of the “Three Wise Men,” popularly known as “The Maggi.” Then, it was believed that giving gifts make us remember the gifts that were presented to Jesus Christ by the Three Wise Men in the aftermath of his birth – Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. 


Jesus Christ was believed by the Christians to be the King of Kings and Gold was heavily linked with Kings. Frankincense on its part, as a perfume was used by the Jewish tribe during worship, and that signified that Jesus Christ will be worshipped by the world. As for Myrrh, it was a balm used on dead bodies to make their bodies produce nice smells. That means Jesus Christ will experience great suffering and will afterwards, die.


According to the famous book authored by Stephen Nissenbaum, “The Battle for Christmas,” Christmas presents was also believed to have originated from what was then known as “Christmas begging.” Then, in the modern Europe, young men form several boisterous groups hit the streets of big cities, moving from home to home and demanding assistance from wealthy families. As at that time, Christmas celebrations looked nothing like the kind celebrated today.


Christmas has experienced a lot of modifications that have made it more interesting. The presentation of gifts for instance, is done in a variety of ways today. In Europe, most people leave it for children in their shoes. Italians, British and people from the US often leave theirs in stockings hanging –them by fire places (an idea gotten from the St. Nicholas story). In most parts of the globe, they are left under the Christmas Trees.


There are other interesting ways of giving presents that were also devised as Christmas got older. Children always hoped to receive presents from a “Christkind,” as Germans believed; “Wise men,” as the Spanish believe or an “Old Lady,” as the Italians believed, but generally referred to as “Santa Claus.” This has in the US today, graduated to a phenomenal practise known as “Santa in the Shopping Mall.” 


Another typical example is the “Secret Santa” Christmas parties where gifts are bought for a person whose name was, out of many names, pulled out of a hat at will. The fun of it is that the beneficiary of each of these gifts will not know who in the group bought it.


Different parts of the world present and opened Christmas gifts on different days. The Dutch for instance, present gifts to their children on the 5th day of December (the Eve of St. Nicholas Day). The Germans, Belgians and some other countries in Europe open theirs on the 6th (the St. Nicholas Day). In the US, UK, Japan and most parts of Africa, they do theirs on the “D” day, the 25th day of December. The Spanish and Mexicans are known to always do theirs a month after the St. Nicholas Day, the Epiphany.


Right from the first ever Christmas celebration more than 2000 years ago till date, this celebration has grown to become the most celebrated in the history of Christianity and the world in general. It is to Christians, the birthday of salvation and to the entire world, the birthday of the most iconic and charismatic human that ever, and will ever touched the surface of the earth – Jesus Christ.

The Right Way a Man Should Propose to You


A lot of women go into the wrong relationships with the wrong men. Being a woman, you are the one they walk up to and tell how much they love you. Whom you say yes to is who comes in. Knowing the right man for you might seem difficult but not as a horse passing through the eye of a needle. What are required of you are caution, wisdom and patience if you wish to find true love. True love is detected by the way it comes. So has he come into your life the right way?


There are some necessary procedures that a man must not shortcut when starting a relationship with you. The vitality of these protocols is brought about by the aid they lend in making the most favourable decisions about the relationship – to say “no” or a “yes.” The protocols include:


1. He should get to know you

Practically all relationships in which love exist never started with love at first sight. In fact, I don’t believe in that. This man in question getting close to you is the starting point. Here, observe whether he is that man that only wants to spread his luck wide. He shouldn’t spend so much time with you on the first meeting. Let him make everything brief and to the point. Let him get to know your name and never forget to know his. A man who gets off on the wrong foot on the first meeting with you might just not know how to treat a woman. 


2. He should offer to take you out

If he really has an interest in you, then he must find time to be with you. While he is with you, he must endeavour to show you how much of a gentleman he is. Do he know how best to treat a woman? Is he acting as if he does not know this is a pretty good chance for him to create that very first impression? He should enquire to know more about you. Also do not let him leave without more about him, his family background, what he does for a living and all that stuff. As a matter of fact, yours is supposed to come first before his. Do more of the listening than the talking. 


3.  He should be making his intentions known now

A man who has the intentions of proposing to you is likely to do that within this period. After you men have hanged out two or three times, it’s high time he moved into the second stage of his mission. There is no special place meant for men to propose to a woman. All he need to do is take you to a very quiet place; a place where only the birds of the sky will be his witness. All he should do is verbally let you know his true feeling towards you looking into your eyes. If he is really in love with you, he is sure to give you all the time in the world to think about it.


4.  Let him prove it

If there is one thing you should be doing right now, it is ascertaining the sincerity in the sweet promises he made to you before or after proposing to you. Now is the right time for him to prove his love to you. He might begin to call you more regularly in anticipation for an answer which he would hope will be positive but if he knows what you should be bothered about right now, he would ensure he plays his cards well at this decisive point.


A real man does not come into a woman’s heart through the back door. The task of breaking into a woman’s heart is a test of bravery and confidence which every man must pass to get a real woman. These two qualities you need in your man.