Dec 23. Presents

Today is what we call “Little Christmas Eve”. It’s the day before The Day and for the kids this is the last whole day of waiting for the one thing they think of as “Christmas” – the presents. The idea of giving presents is Roman. Apparantly they started giving gifts this time of year hundreds of years before there was anything called Christmas. That idea was merged with the celebration of the birth of Jesus. It makes sense – the wise men brought gifts for baby Jesus, right? Perfect. Gifts can be anything and these days it’s possible to find anything from the most affordable to the most expensive relatively easy. In this house it’s important to find the gift the receiver wants if it’s possible. That’s why a wishlist that contains gift-wishes in both end of the scale is a must. Then wrapped in pretty paper and a ribbon and the gift is ready to put under the tree for Christmas Eve.

Have a great day..

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2 thoughts on “Presents..

  1. The Romans actually borrowed Saturnalia from the Greek Kronia. I’m assuming this is the Roman festival you are referring to with the gag-gift giving?

    God was the first one to give gifts though. Before we ever thought of it the Bible says God decided to send His Son to save us before the foundation of the world. ❤️

    I’ve found Saturnalia/Kronia actually interesting. The Romans and Greeks believed that there once was a God that ruled heaven and earth, and that the earth grew food plentifully, and didn’t need to be tended like it does today. And it was a time when men didn’t need to work so hard and need slaves. So they set the slaves free for a time (during the festival).

    This strikes back to Jewish teachings and the oldest books of the Bible. The Greeks actually have some ties to Jewish culture. The Greeks borrowed their alphabet from the Hebrew language family. The Hebrew letters Aleph Beth, became the Greek Alpha Beta. Which turned into “alphabet” for English speaking people.

    The Greeks also have tales of a worldwide flood, which isn’t unique to the Greeks. Parts of Saturnalia can also be seen earlier in the history of the world and in Jewish history in the actual freeing of servants in the Jewish celebration of Jubilee.

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