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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Christmas Presents

The practice of giving gifts, which goes back to the 15th century, contributed to the view that Christmas was a secular holiday focused on family and friends. This was one reason why Puritans in Old and New England opposed the celebration of Christmas and in both England and America succeeded in banning its observance.

Toward the end of the 18th century the practice of giving gifts to family members became well established. Theologically, the feast day reminded Christians of God's gift of Jesus to humankind even as the coming of the Wise Men to Bethlehem suggested that Christmas was somehow related to giving gifts.

In most European countries gifts are exchanged on Christmas Eve in keeping with the notion that the baby Jesus was born on the night of the 24th. The morning of December 25th, however, has become the time for the exchange of gifts in North America and Britain.

It's been estimated that it would cost $23,439.38 to buy your "true love" all the gifts in the ‍Twelve Days of Christmas.

If you count all the gifts that were given in the song Twelve Days of Christmas, they total 365, a gift given each day of the year.

Americans spent an estimated 12.9 billion hours and, $447 billion in 2011 shopping, wrapping and returning gifts. That was about 42 hours and $688.87 per person.

One-quarter of respondents to a 2016 survey of Europeans said they had re-gifted their Christmas presents to someone else.

Seven out of ten British dogs get Christmas presents from their owners.

Source Encyclopedia Britannica

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