As you’re inundated with commercials trying to get you to buy the next best gadget or clothing item this holiday season, you’re probably asking yourself - why do we give presents on Christmas?
Some say, the reason we give presents is to mirror the presents given to baby Jesus by the three Wise Men after his birth. The traditional gift-giving is different for many countries and cultures throughout the world with gifts being opened from early December through January.
Christmas and gift giving do go hand-in-hand. We are fortunate enough to live in a country where most of us are able to purchase presents, big or small, for the people in our lives.
It wouldn’t be a Bottom Line segment without me mentioning how great our economy is doing, and this is a time of the year to remember and be thankful for that. But the important word in gift giving that one should not forget is “give.” To give things that do not come with a price tag.
This Christmas look to giving. Give time to a homeless shelter to help those less fortunate. Pass on traditions and lessons to your children so that they may carry them on for generations. Give donations to causes that you feel passionate about.
Most importantly, give love.
Here’s the bottom line: From all of us at the Bottom Line team, have a very, Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.