Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Three Gifts

When the wise men came they brought three gifts for the Christ child; gold, frankincense, and myrrh. In an attempt to keep Christmas focused on what it truly important, I give my children three gifts. Each of the wise men's gifts is symbolized in the gifts I give my children.
For gold, a symbol of wealth and prosperity, they get something fun and purely a want.
For frankincense, a perfume used in holy incense for sacrifices, they get something from the heart; a homemade gift, one requiring time and sacrifice from the giver.
For myrrh, a perfume used for embalming and purification, they get something useful; clothes, tools, etc. I wrap them accordingly. Their fun gift is wrapped in gold. Their useful gift is wrapped in blue. And the gift from the heart is wrapped in red.
I hope this little tradition helps them remember the greatest gift of all. The reason for the season. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

24 comments:

  1. I absolutely love that! I can't wait to share this with my husband.

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  2. I love this idea, I've heard of it before. Have you always done it this way with your kids, or did you implement it one year. How old were your kids at that time, and do you still do a Santa gift? So many questions :o).

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  3. Now that my son is older we do not gift like we used to do. But someday with grandkids (I hope) I will have to do this so that they have a reminder of the season's true meaning. Thank you.

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  4. Great tradition! Love the focus and reminder :) Thanks so much for sharing!

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  5. This is a fabulous tradition. I had not heard of this before but really like it!

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  6. What a fab idea - you are super smart!

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  7. what a very special tradition, to remember what it really is all about.

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  8. What a wonderful tradition! And special for the children

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  9. Oh, Em - thank you for sharing this with us! Maybe it isn't too late to do this for my little 4-year old twin grandchildren - I think we should all keep Christ in Christmas - no 'Xmas' for me!
    Happy Christmas to you all - hugs Lurline!

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  10. WOW!!!!!! This is fabulous.
    This is why I love blogging.
    Thanks for stopping in the other day and leaving a comment. :)

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  11. That is just the best tradition! Very special...

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  12. That sounds like a wonderful tradition!

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  13. Really beautiful idea .
    Clare's Craftroom

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  14. that is the most beautiful tradition - I've not heard of it before. How very thoughtful.

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  15. My daughter is following a tradition like this, although I don't think she attaches the meaning to the gifts like you have. I am going to forward your blog to her. Great tradition!

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  16. This is such a wonderful idea as it really does make the season important for the right reason. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. What a fantastic idea Emily! I try to fill the house with Frankincense and Myrrh smells and some of the Christmassy spice smells, and make something for each of the children.

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  18. I totally want to steal this idea...that is really awesome and truly puts the right meaning into gift giving. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

    Marlene

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  19. This is such a lovely idea.
    Christine

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  20. What a great tradition - can't wait to run it past hubby..
    Kris

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  21. I am giving my grandchildren three gifts this year and have explained to them why. I like the way you tie your gifts to Jesus' three gifts. blessings, marlene

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  22. this is wonderful...a really great tradition to share. Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

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