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Gift-giving around this time of the year dates back from ancient Rome. Back then people used to exchange gifts on New Year's, but they were simple gifts, often consisting of vegetables in the honor of fertility goddess Strenia. However, what looks more like our concept of gift giving today dates back from Victorian times. During that period, the custom became much more sophisticated and socially significant. One of the customs was that each family member was assigned a color, then brought to a room full of a yarn web. Each of them had to follow their own color through the web to find the gift. Another custom was to gather around a large bowl full of grain, where they had hidden tiny little gifts. Each would take a fullspoon of grain, and whatever gift they discovered was theirs to keep.
By the end of the nineteenth century, commercialization had already begun to fade away the idea of the simple, non-materialistic gift giving in lots of countries around the world. Much of the merriment and excitement had been replaced by a quick exchange of shiny boxes. But it does not have to be that way. There are people around the globe for whom gift sharing is still exciting. In Brazil, for instance, presents are hidden outside and children have to search for them. Of course, it's warm there and they don't need to worry about snow.
Although the complaints that Christmas has become quite commercialized do have a point, you are still able to choose not to give in to consumerism and make an effort to make it special. Traditionally, gift sharing on Christmas was a symbol of kindness and had a lot of significance. Why not bring some of these traditions to your home?
One reason why many people find gift giving so stressful is because of those few days before Christmas when you must shop around for presents through all of the over-crowded, noisy and increasingly high-priced stores. But it doesn't need to be like that at all. Just remembering to plan it a few weeks in advance can make a huge change. It gives you enough time to think about it, and you are able to enjoy the Christmas spirit earlier and without all the stress. You have time to step outside of the box and look for alternatives to the same old ideas. One tip for next year is to start making your list much earlier, maybe even in the summer. When you hear your father complaining that his fishing reel broke during the summer holiday, write it down: a new fishing rode could possibly make a great Christmas present.
In addition, shopping for presents can be completely stress-free if you pass brick-and-mortar stores and shop online instead. The offer is often much wider than what you would be able to find find in the traditional stores you had time to go to. It is also easier to not let yourself get carried away and stick to your planned budget. Using a comparison shopping engine rather than a regular online shop is a better idea. Netishop is an excellent resource for that, as it brings together many online shops and offers you the opportunity to locate the best deals and prices. You can get just about anything you can think of there, from toys and books to DVD players.
One other random thing about gift giving on Christmas: everyone knows the Twelve Days of Christmas song. But did you ever ask yourself how much all of those gifts in the song would cost? Someone made an estimation four years ago, and the total was $18,920.59.