Origin of Christmas gift giving

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Just where does the tradition of Christmas gift giving come from?

Aside from the obvious Christian roots, the legend of Santa Claus and gift giving can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St Nicholas.

It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 AD in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his saintliness and generosity, St Nicholas became the subject of many legends.

Popular belief is that after his parents died he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside to help the poor and sick. Over the course of many years, Nicholas’s popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors.

Everybody loved Nicholas! After he passed away, they told stories of the good and kind things Nicholas had done for the community. Sailors took these stories about Nicholas everywhere they went. Some of the stories were about his special care for children, helping and protecting them whenever danger arose.

From this storytelling, more people learned about the very generous Nicholas. People wanted to be like him, and he was used as an example of how society should act – hence why he became a saint or as we know him in modern society, ‘the real Santa Claus’.

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