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13-12-2014, 04:22 PM
Gift giving at christmas
I get that christmas is a pagan holiday, but is giving gifts paeanistic as well or is that just a christian thing?

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13-12-2014, 05:06 PM
RE: Gift giving at christmas
(13-12-2014 04:22 PM)smileXsmileXsmile Wrote:  I get that christmas is a pagan holiday, but is giving gifts paeanistic as well or is that just a christian thing?

I think it's just a human thing. People have been giving gifts to others forever. I think the Japanese bring a gift when they visit other family members and stay overnight. Making or buying something for someone else is just a nice thing to do. And it doesn't require belief in god either.

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13-12-2014, 05:27 PM
RE: Gift giving at christmas
(13-12-2014 04:22 PM)smileXsmileXsmile Wrote:  I get that christmas is a pagan holiday, but is giving gifts paeanistic as well or is that just a christian thing?

If I recall, the gift-giving tradition in relation to Giftmas arose with the incorporation of Saturnalia; the Roman solstice celebration.

However, some allege it came from the incorporation of Yule.

Either way, it's a 'pagan' thing.

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13-12-2014, 11:00 PM
RE: Gift giving at christmas
I think it derives from the Walmartmas tradition.
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