By   •   December 14, 2016   •   Topics: ,


Our 8-year-old son asked us the other day why we give gifts at Christmas, and I wasn't sure what to say. Where did the idea of giving gifts at Christmas come from?


Shortly after Jesus was born, a small group of men traveled hundreds of miles to pay Him homage and give Him gifts. When they finally discovered Him, the Bible says, “they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11).

Although we can’t be certain, over the centuries the example of those “wise men” (as we usually call them) probably contributed to our modern custom of giving gifts at Christmas. Unfortunately, we’ve almost forgotten the meaning of those original gifts. They were given to honor Jesus—but all too often today, our gift giving has become self-centered and materialistic, or even burdensome. Help your son see it instead as an opportunity to express love and respect for others.

Help him also discover the real meaning of Christmas. At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago. And we celebrate His birth because He was God’s gift to us—for through Him, God demonstrated His great love for us. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

In the midst of all the busyness of Christmas this year, ask God to help you keep Christ at the center of everything you do. And pray too for your son, that he will receive God’s gift of His Son into his life. “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).

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  1. Wayne says:

    Beautiful, well-put message.

  2. J. Michael Nistal 3rd says:

    Wow! Awesome!

  3. Sherry Thomas says:

    I gave my life to God several years ago. He has been with my financial needs. I’m at peace knowing He is always there. Like everyone else, I go through the valley. I need prayers.

  4. Donna Greer says:

    God gave us His eternal life through Jesus’ birth, and we have the opportunity to share this eternal gift with others all because God loves us with an endless love and He gave us a Savior at no cost. 🌟

  5. Betânia Borges says:

    É o melhor dos presentes!

  6. Betânia Borges says:

    As vezes nos esquecemos de celebrar nosso amado Jesus, presentear os entes queridos é importante, mas demonstrar nosso carinho.

  7. Ted Pmdapes says:

    Christian gift-giving in the world today expresses to the receiver of the gift that man’s simplistic gifts gift start a two-way conversation in the world of the gift of love God gave to all mankind. Christmas is an opportunity to empty loneliness out of one’s heart. Be it the giver or the receiver.

  8. Ginny says:

    I like the explanation of why gifts are given and how in this secular world especially, gift giving has gone beyond extremes to impress others instead of it being from the heart with love.