Throughout the dawn of time people have given gifts to one another. And gift giving has been universally accepted as a way to show love, appreciation, respect and more and has the unique power of being able to say more than just words alone.
Gifts have often been seen as reciprocal, like for example Christmas gifts, but when it’s a Birthday gift it’s not reciprocal. However, all gift givers receive from giving gifts as talked about in the Law of Giving and Receiving.
However in earlier civilizations members of tribes would give their leaders gifts, without the tradition of giving back, but would see gifts as a way to strengthen relationships for potential favour. And the tradition continues as commonly seen between country and business leaders for the purpose of creating good will between parties with shared interests.
“A gift will create happiness between a gift giver and gift recipient, regardless of who is giving and who is receiving”, says Samantha from Gift Of The Month Clubs.
In Christianity the Bible talks about the Three Wise Men who followed a bright star from the East to Bethlehem where Jesus Christ was born. And the Three Wise Men are said to have bought gifts for baby Jesus with the tradition continuing today at Christenings to bless babies for life ahead. Mary Magdalene was also recorded as washing baby Jesus feet with precious oil as a gift. And this was the start of Christmas gifts and Christening gifts as we know today.
However the Christian roots of gift giving are not exclusive to Christianity with early records showing the act of gift giving tracing back to non-Christian religious observances in the Yule of Northern Europe and pagan holidays recorded in Rome, where the ancient Romans were practising gift giving during the festival of Saturn where slaves and masters would mockingly exchange places with one another and at the end of the celebration exchange gifts in the form of pottery figures. And many believe this was the start of gifts being adapated in to Christian celebrations. However it is said the Catholic Church around the year 1000 decided to ban gift giving claiming the idea was too pagan.
In Australia we celebrate all types of occasions with gifts including someone’s birthday, Fathers Day, Mothers Day, Valentines Day, Weddings, Easter, Christmas, corporate gifts and more. And there’s no better feeling than giving someone a gift, let alone receiving one.
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