I Don’t Want A Lot For Christmas, All I Want For Christmas Is You!

Christmas gift

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Day 357 / 365

It was Christmas and the judge was in a merry mood as he asked the prisoner, ” What are you charged with? ”

“Doing my Christmas shopping early”, replied the defendant.

“That’s no offense”, said the judge. “How early were you doing this shopping?”

“Before the store opened.”

Interesting Fact: The custom of giving gifts to relatives and friends on a special day in winter probably began in ancient Rome and northern Europe. In these regions, people gave each other small presents as part of their year-end celebrations. In the United States and England, children hang stockings on their bedpost or near a fireplace on Christmas Eve, hoping that it will be filled with treats while they sleep. In Scandinavia, similar-minded children leave their shoes on the hearth. This tradition can be traced to legends about Saint Nicholas. One legend tells of three poor sisters who could not marry because they had no money for a dowry. To save them from being sold by their father, St. Nick left each of the three sisters gifts of gold coins. One went down the chimney and landed in a pair of shoes that had been left on the hearth. Another went into a window and into a pair of stockings left hanging by the fire to dry.ย  No one was really in the habit of exchanging elaborate gifts until late in the 1800s. The Santa Claus stories of giving gifts to good children, combined with an amazing retailing phenomenon that has grown since the turn of the century, has made gift giving a central focus of the Christmas tradition. ( http://www.thehistoryofchristmas.com/trivia/gifts.htm )

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20 Comments

  1. Love the joke and the info on the evolution of Christmas gift giving. Merry Christmas!

  2. Retailing and Hallmark phenomena…I am more and more thinking that what is under the tree is less important than connections with family and friends. I would rather laugh and cry with them than unwrap a present.

    • I agree spend time with friends and family should be the only gift that we should be happy about. Thank you very much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh yeah I can believe that this is the director we heading towards. Thank you very much for stopping by and sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Haha, I love your jokes and all of these interesting facts. Do you know that the first text message was “Merry Christmas”?

    • Thank you very much, it makes me happy to see that you enjoyed my work. I did know that it was sent on December 3, 1992, thank you for sharing that information with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

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