tradition of gift giving

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  1. chipsgirl

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    I'm guessing the tradition of giving gifts for Christmas started with the wise men bringing gifts for baby Jesus. But why do we still do it? It's sort of fun I guess but I would rather not participate in the commercial Christmas but instead celebrate Jesus's birthday (which I will do too!). I think people would think I was crazy and ungrateful if I didn't buy them gifts. Any other anti-gift givers out there who feel they have to go along with it just to please their loved ones? :rolleyes:
     
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    This Christmas we are giving to someone who has need. We have plenty and don't need more. There are many at this time of year who are without a family member or who have had something happen in their lives that are less fortunate than we.
     
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    I think that's awesome to give something to someone in need!
    However, I will never understand why we have to give stuff to each other when most of us have more junk than we need. Why can't we all help others who need it?
     
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    My family made a decision 3 years ago to reduce the gift giving. We each get 1 present and we do not purchase gifts for everyone in the world. We try to do something for 1 other family in need and we encourage our children to give some of their toys to other children who do not have anything. Our Christmas' are much more enjoyable without the gifts.
     
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    I gave one gift this time of year... not really a Christmas gift. I proposed to my girl, and gave her a ring.

    I'm going to serve at a local Boys Ranch for Christmas Eve dinner. That's it for me!
     
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    I'm sure she's a very lucky girl. Congrats!
     
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    Thanks chipsgirl... What a great thing to say!
     
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    Dear chipsgirl,
    We will give gifts to our children, nieces, and nephews, and love doing it. We will also be helping some others who need it. And each of the above people is doing something practical to help others.

    It doesn't have to be all one or the other. People can give gifts and help others.
    Believe me, grandparents have given our children gifts that really helped us. And I am grateful to them.

    There are many people like me who make a budget and try to give a useful gift that individual can use and enjoy. I got some really neat stuff for some people this year, and I can hardly wait! And those items actually did not cost very much.

    I think you should do whatever you wish to do about the matter of gift-giving. But I guess I will never understand why you will never understand. :D

    Karen
     

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