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Why Do We Give Gifts?
Sorry this is late. I've been experiencing a terrible amount of noise pollution at my "recording studio" and despaired of getting clean audio.

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What do you want for Christmas?


Gift giving, and/or receiving of gifts, is a large part of Christmas for many people.


The question is, Why is gift giving such a big part of Christmas? I believe that there are three reasons:


The first is that it reminds us of the gift of God, which is eternal life through Jesus, Christ. God sent His son to be born as a man, to die on the cross, and to rise from the dead, so that we cound have eternal life.


I also believe that it reminds us of the gifts of the magi: gold, frankincense, and myrrh, which may have been traditional gifts for a king, or may (as in the song) represent different aspects of Jesus' life: His kingship, His godhead, and His sacrifice.


Thirdly, the gifts remind us of the gifts of Saint Nicholas. St. Nicholas [upon whom the character of Santa Cluas is based] was an actual person who lived in Greece in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. And Nicholas was a generous person, who gave gifts to those in need.


Now, I think that it's very important that we remember that Christmas is not about what we get [or give], but about what we've already gotten from God. God gave His Son for our sins, so that we could live forever with Him.


However, gifts are nice to get, so I have a gift idea for you. You can give three gifts. They don't have to be big, but they can be important.


The first, representing gold, would be finery. This would be including jewelry and things that are hard to get.


The second would represent frankincense. And this would be something fragrant. It could be a candle, a bottle of cologne, or a box of stinky cheese (that is enjoyed by the person who gets it, of course). *chuckle*


And the third gift would represent myrrh. This would be something functional. This could be something like a blender or a pair of scissors, [or socks and underwear], or a membership to the gym. *chuckle*


Just remember that it's okay to give gifts, and it's okay to wrap your gifts. Just don't get wrapped up in your gifts.