Saturday, December 16, 2017

Why We Give Gifts at Christmas and Free Gifts to Give

The origin of giving gifts at Christmas is rooted in the birth of Christ.  In the context of the time Mary was to give birth to a king. So it would only be expected that the three wise men would bring gifts befitting a king. Gold, frankincense and myrrh, in ancient times were highly prized commodities.

Myrrh being commonly used as an anointing oil, frankincense as a perfume, and gold as a valuable metal made the giving of these three gifts a spiritual meaning of; gold as a symbol of kingship on earth, frankincense  as a symbol of deity, and myrrh as a symbol of death.

Somehow through the commercialization of Christmas we have lost the real meaning of giving. It is not about how much money you spend or how the big the gift. It is about giving for the sake of giving; sacrificing for the sake of sacrifice. The real reason we give gifts at Christmas is to remind us that birth and death are two ends of the life spectrum. What we give in-between is a mark of the value we place on life.

Here are some free gifts worth giving. These won’t cost you a cent, but they will bring joy and good will.


To your enemy give forgiveness, to an opponent give tolerance, to a friend give a helping hand, to those you love give an open heart, to a customer give good service, be charitable and give your time, to every child give a good example of what it means to give unselfishly and  to yourself give respect.

These are gifts that come from the heart. Think what would happen if we gave these gifts, not just at Christmas, but all year round? We would then experience the true meaning of Christmas, which is to make the world a better place for all of humankind and in this we all thrive.

Doctor Lynn

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