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Celebrated on December 26th (the day after Christmas) each year.


"Every good and perfect gift cometh from the Father above..."
~James 1:17~


The Dictionary tells us this about "Boxing Day":

Main Entry: Boxing Day
Date: 1833
:the first weekday after Christmas observed as a legal holiday in parts
of the Commonwealth and marked by the giving of Christmas boxes to
service workers (as postal workers)


~Here is what The World Book Encyclopedia says about Boxing Day~

Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. It falls on
December 26, which is also St. Stephen's Day. The public observance of Boxing Day takes
place on the following Monday if December 26 falls on a Saturday or Sunday. The traditional
celebration of Boxing Day included giving money and other gifts to charitable institutions,
needy individuals, and people in service jobs. The holiday may date from the Middle Ages
(A.D. 400's-1500's), but the exact origin is unknown. It may have begun with the lords and
ladies of England, who presented Christmas gifts in boxes to their servants on December 26.
Or it may have begun with priests, who opened the church's alms (charity) boxes on the day
after Christmas and distributed the contents to the poor.


~Here is what Compton's Encyclopedia says about Boxing Day~

Boxing Day is December 26, celebrated in Great Britain (except Scotland) and Canada as a day
of gift giving; derived from custom of giving Christmas boxes of food, clothing, and other
goods to employees, tradespeople, mail carriers, lamplighters, and others who had performed
services throughout the year; one of the country's several annual bank holidays.


Christmas Gift Giving

~Here is what The World Book Encyclopedia says about Gift Giving~

Gift giving is one of the oldest customs associated with Christmas: it is actually older than the
holiday itself. When the date of Christmas was set to fall in December, it was done at least
in part to compete with ancient pagan festivals that occurred about the same time. The
Romans, for example, celebrated the Saturnalia on December 17. It was a winter feast of
merrymaking and gift exchanging. Two weeks later, on the Roman New Year--January
1--houses were decorated with greenery and lights, and gifts were given to children and the
poor. As the Germanic tribes of Europe accepted Christianity and began to celebrate
Christmas, they also gave gifts.

Traditionally, in some countries, such as Italy and Spain, children do not receive gifts until
January 5, the eve of Epiphany. According to Italian folklore, an old woman named Befana
goes down chimneys and delivers presents to children on that night, just as the three wise men
brought gifts to the infant Jesus. In Spain, children leave their shoes outside filled with
straw and barley for the magi's animals and hope that presents will be left by the wise man

In several Northern European nations gifts are given on December 6, which is the feast of St.
Nicholas, the patron saint of children. Legend holds that the kindly man leaves gifts for
those who have been good.


Compton's Encyclopedia tells us more about
Boxing Day

Boxing Day, celebrated on December 26 or the first weekday following Christmas, is a legal
holiday in Canada, Great Britain, and some other countries. Its name probably comes from the
old custom of giving boxes of gifts on this day to people who render services to the public,
such as mail carriers. It is also the day on which churches open the boxes of money and goods
for the poor donated by parishioners.

The exchange of gifts has remained a central feature of the holiday season the world over. It
has become so significant that most merchants count on making a very large proportion of their
annual sales during the period from late November to December 24. So important has the
Christmas selling period become that many stores fail to show a profit at the end of the year
if Christmas sales are low.


What does the Bible say about "Gifts"?

Nave’s Topical Bible: Gifts from God


Nave’s Topical Bible: Giving

In churches a "gift" or offering is taken each Sunday. Either in an offering plate or basket. Ushers collect the
offering. A "tithe" is a gift to God of our "firstfruits" or 10% off the top of our earnings or harvest. Since "all
gifts" are from the Lord, we are giving back to him thanks and gratitude for what we have received.

There are 77 verses with the word "GIFTS" in the Bible.
"PRESENT" Present is mentioned 138 times in the Bible.

God also gives us the GIFTS of the Holy Spirit. All of our gifts and talents come from the Lord. The familiar
chorus reminds us that "without Him we can do nothing, without Him we'd surely fail". We are like a ship
without a sail. The Holy Spirit is our guide and our teacher.


Main Entry: 1gift
Pronunciation: 'gift
Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse, something given, talent; akin to Old
giefan to give
Date: 12th century
1 : a notable capacity, talent, or endowment
2 : something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation
3 : the act, right, or power of giving


The best gift that I can give you is the best gift to receive. It is the most important gift I
can give you. So if I can give you only one gift this is the one that I want you to have.

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The gift I want to give you is "Salvation". It is a FREE gift from God. "For by GRACE are you
saved through faith, it is a gift of God not of works lest any man should boast" Ephesians
2:8-9. Here is a link to
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resources. You can click here and read my personal testimony at
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All the presents in the world won't matter if you spend eternity in hell. Don't put it don't know what tomorrow may bring. Do you know what you would say if you
tomorrow you died, you got to heaven and they asked you "Why should we let you in?" Believe
me a long laundry list of all the good things you did isn't enough. Because nothing of your own
merit will get you to heaven.....the only way is by accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior.


Here is what the Thesaurus says about "GIFT"

Entry Word: gift
Text: 1 something freely given by one person to another for his benefit or pleasure <the
watch was a graduation
Synonyms benevolence, boon, ||compliment, favor, largess, present
Related Word alms, benefaction, contribution, donation; award, bestowal, grant, presentation;
legacy; offering, reward, tip; remembrance, souvenir, token
2 a natural or special facility or capableness <has a
gift for electronics>
Synonyms aptness, bent, bump, faculty, flair, genius, head, knack, nose, set, talent, turn;
Related Word ability, aptitude, capability; accomplishment, acquirement, attainment; instinct,
numen, power; forte, leaning, propensity, specialty
Contrasted Words awkwardness, clumsiness, maladroitness

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