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Gift giving is as old as Christmas itself, but people didn’t always wrap a gift before they gave it to someone. In the late 1800s, almost all gifts were handmade. Once people started purchasing factory-made trinkets and toys they wanted to make these gifts feel as though there was more effort put into the gift, so the gift-giver began wrapping these presents in brown paper and decorating them. As you wrap gifts this Christmas, remember that the very first Christmas gift was wrapped in swaddling clothes.
Luke 2:7 says, “She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
This was God Himself wrapped in the form of a baby, who came so that He could wrap all of us in His love.
Take a drive around your neighborhood and look for a house that has a nativity scene. Think about what it means that the gift of Jesus came wrapped as a baby.