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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.

Painless Long Journey: Tips


Several people usually feel a lot of motion sickness when they are travelling by plane or ship. This is especially the case if they are travelling for the first time. If you had been drinking lots of water days before your travel day, this is highly reduced. However, it is always important to accompany yourself with some cloves of ginger or prepare ginger water before you leave. Ginger is known to be a very good remedy for nausea. During these times, the best thing after taking the ginger is to close your eyes and sleep.

Your position while in the plane or train is very important. You need to keep on changing the positions of your body parts as frequently as possible especially if it is a long journey. When in a plane, your movements are limited to only moving the body parts. You will not be able to just stand on the pass way. However, you can make some trips to the washrooms to relax your muscles. Keep on changing the position of your legs so as to prevent blood clots. In case you are travelling by train, after some time you can just stand on the pathway and be very flexible to allow you body to be rocked a little bit. Do not hold a firm grip. This is important for improving the circulation of your whole body.

It is not always appropriate to change your eating habits during the travel day. However, if you can do well with a heavy meal just before departure, do that. This is regardless of whether it is in the morning or not. Reduce eating as much as possible while you are on the plane. Frequent eating may bring about stomach upsets and conditions that will make you feel uncomfortable in the plane. You will also not have the peace of mind. The best snacks to eat while in the plane are fruits, fruit salads and fruit juices.

Water is good for keeping you hydrated during the journey. You should therefore ensure that you start drinking lots of water days before the day of the journey. This is to make your bladder to be used to accommodating lots of water hence comfort during the travel. Otherwise, if you just start drinking lots of water on the travel day, you may feel uncomfortable because you may be forced to keep on visiting the wash rooms. Most of stomach upsets are brought about by dehydration. This is also the same with headaches, being too much uneasy among others. You can keep yourself from all these by drinking lots of water before the journey and during the time when you are on the plane.

You will really be bored in the plane if you have nothing to do during these long hour journeys. Having some headphones that will be connected to a music device can keep you company during the journey. You can watch some Christian presentations from your computer or even listed to music of the genre you like most. You can also always accompany yourself with some story books, your bible or a research book for the project you are currently working on.