Happy to receive Christmas presents

Christmas gifts as a tradition of Christmas

Christmas presents - an old custom and symbol of the Christmas story

The time around Christmas was marked by the custom of small or large gifts even before Christianity emerged. Since the introduction of the Catholic church year, it is primarily children who have been given gifts. In modern customs, adults also get presents for Christmas.

Christmas gifts - thousands of years old Christian tradition

With the giving of presents in the Christian sense, St. Nicholas was originally honored on December 6th. Children received small gifts from an invisible giftbringer. But before Santa Claus, the Christ Child and other symbolic figures were created, people were already giving gifts to each other in winter. In ancient Rome, for example, the civil servants received gifts from the people, the slaves from the owner. Pagan peoples appeased demons and weather gods with gifts for the winter solstice. In general, giving gifts of their symbolism of generosity and appreciation has always had a permanent place in human history. Especially in the darker months of the year, gifts are often given and accepted with particular pleasure.

Recipients of Christmas gifts

The Christmas present tradition mainly relates to children. They wait months for the Christmas presents. They write letters to Santa Claus or the Christ Child. In addition to the gifts, many of them also receive an answer from the gift bringer after the advent season. Because especially for this purpose there are Christmas post offices, special postmarks and Christmas cards all over the world. The joy of giving has now become a trend even beyond the Christian community. Adults also give each other presents for Christmas. At no other time of the year is there so much giving as much as at Christmas.

Christmas gifts and how to receive them

The belief in Santa Claus and other gift bringers has developed another custom in various countries: objects to receive these gifts. In Great Britain and other Anglo-Saxon countries, these are socks by the fireplace. In France it is shoes on Christmas Eve. The most widespread is the custom of giving Christmas presents under the Christmas tree. The symbolism of the gift giving reminds of the origin of the Christmas story. When Jesus Christ was born, three holy kings honored him with the gifts of myrrh, gold and frankincense. This also gives rise to the permanent receipt of gifts, especially for "good" children.

Germany-wide sales of Christmas gifts

According to statistics on sales in the Advent season, every German adult spends at least 240 euros on Christmas gifts. What is interesting about such sales statistics is the ideal value that the recipient attaches to the gift. According to the survey, they would spend less on it than what was actually paid for. But if they are resold, they would like to charge a lot more for it.

Most popular Christmas gifts for young and old

Advent and Christmas are celebrated as contemplative times. The focus is on people and ideal values. In this sense of giving presents, these Christmas gifts are the most popular worldwide:


For many families, spending time together at Christmas dinner or Christmas vesper means more than just the value of goods. Delicacies such as gingerbread or Christmas cookies are also gladly exchanged. Children delight their parents and relatives the most with home-made decorative items. This also includes self-knitted or self-sewn clothing. Paintings are more likely to be accepted than any purchase item because it is associated with the favorite gift “time”.

Plants and floral decorations

When it comes to flower gifts, the poinsettia is a favorite with its strong leafy green and large red flowers. But also arrangements with fir green or pendants for the Christmas tree are very popular.

Christmas gifts have been around under other names since time immemorial. In the sense of the Christian faith, it symbolizes the gifts of the three kings to the newborn Jesus Christ. Home-made and symbolic plant gifts are more popular than purchased products.

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