It’s that time of the year again! It’s coming up to Christmas. The shops will be filled with last minute shoppers, crazy children wanting to buy almost everything, and grannies sniffing around and looking for the best Christmas gifts for their grandchildren and you, well you’re here patiently waiting till the very end to do yours. And yes I’m right.
First and foremost, Christmas is not all about decorations, family time, Christmas dinner, and chriskindles; let’s not forget the traditional ‘Christmas Presents’. Don’t we just love getting Christmas presents from families and friends? Well, I certainly do, I don’t know about you.
Have you ever thought of why we have the customs of giving and receiving presents at this festive time? Well to answer your question, we should all remember the presents given to Jesus by the three Wise men: Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh. Frankincense was a perfume used in Jewish worship, while Gold was associated with Kings and Christians believe that Jesus is the king of kings and finally Myrrh was a perfume that was put on dead bodies to make them smell nice so it showed Jesus would suffer and die. In other words, this short recapitulation is to say that most children around the world believe in Christmas as a gift bringer.
The most common gifts during Christmas time are: festive socks, pyjamas, books, perfumes, phones, makeup, toys, jewellries, and many more. We all have different ways of giving and receiving presents. One popular way of giving presents is in groups such as clubs, school classes, and workplaces are to have a ‘Secret Santa’. Remember, this is where you pull the name of someone else in the group out of a hat (or other container!). You then buy a present for that person. But have you ever being given the greatest present at Christmas time?
Well, Manager of Dunnes Stores says’ I have never actually gotten a holiday break; I don’t even mind two-days to be honest’. He’s 80% right but we all know that’s not going to happen. Not in a million years. In Europe especially, people exchange gifts that they can afford and cherish but no one really gives or receive a gift they have always wanted.
Mr Tom, Manager of Dunnes stores also added that’ Every year, there is always a trend during Christmas time, where you either see a customer packing almost half a dozens of Christmas socks and toys and another customer buying just about anything and instead it worth’s more’.
Christmas isn’t like birthdays and anniversaries where you expect to get gifts that make your life more luxurious and fun, but instead at Christmas time, you’d receive gifts that are tremendously red and glittery. Maybe a few reindeer nose on a jumper and socks and that’s just about it.
This year, Christmas presents could change, mainly because all expect useful and valuable presents from our friends and family plus, people are more adventurous in getting their families gifts that they actually want and never received. A good few people tend to have a budget on exactly how much they are going to spend on each person and try not to go over their budget.
Try and give that special someone or person a present they truly deserve this year even if it’s under a low budget , it’s the thought that counts.
So, go on spread little happiness 🙂