It is that time of year again! The time when the masses of the world wind down to spend quality time with friends and family, appreciate their lot in life; and some of course, to celebrate the reason of the season – the birth of Jesus Christ, our saviour.
It is also the time when many go mad, get stressed and are put under pressure, to purchase the latest ‘must haves but not necessarily need have’ gifts.
With many pulling in their belts due to their own personal economic situation and inflationary prices in the economy, I thought it significant we go back to basics and remind ourselves of the first ever Xmas gifts.
The first ever gifts given on Christmas day were from the three Magi, otherwise known as the wise men or even the three kings.
As the biblical story goes, the three wise men followed the Star of David to Bethlehem where they found the stable, the birth place of Jesus Christ. Each one brought a gift – Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. Each gift had a ‘real’ value as well as a symbolic one.
Myrrh was renowned for its strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory property so was regularly used for healing wounds and as an ingredient in the holy anointing oil (EX.30:23-33). Myrrh would have been symbolic of the embalming that Jesus would have to go through after his death on the cross. Ultimately, Myrrh would signify suffering.
Frankincense is aromatic and is primarily used as incense and in perfumes. It would have been a soothing gift for a family, and symbol of Jesus’ priestly office.
Gold as a gift symbolises virtue and was a common gift given to royalty because of its exclusivity and monetary worth; values still held today. It would have also been a much needed financial help to Mary and Joseph at that time.
Gold again, is prominent feature in the story of how Christmas stockings came to being; read it here! Again, it was given as a symbolic gift and monetary gift which is occasionally represented by the orange – a ball of gold!
Myrrh and frankincense are not two products that we hear much about but gold is the word on the lips of the everyday person due to its continuous rise in price over the last 10 years.
Merryn Somerset Webb, editor of MoneyWeek writes “Gold has had a good year. It’s been the best-performing asset class out there: up 13%, more than all stock and bond markets and up more against the dollar than any other currency.”
Thus, Gold as a present today, especially because of our unstable global economy, makes a worthy and practical one. And for those in the know it doesn’t have to be expensive. You can start purchasing gold from as little as 50e a month!!! As the saying goes, it is better to have some quality (99.9 24k) gold than none! Furthermore, now is still a good time to buy as with the continuation of financial manipulation and repression, as well as money printing by government heads – gold could hit the $2000 an ounce mark later next year.
However, the most important gift one can ever give to another is one’s sincere and loving presence!! And this, of course, can be at any time of year. Tragedies, disappointments, joys will afflict and touch us – but it is these things that make us who we are – human! By sharing these same said moments with loved ones it adds value and depth to our relationships. It is for this reason we must be positives sources of light for each other…give, share, appreciate and love. There is a reason why the gift of today is called the present; so let your positive presence be the best present you give someone tomorrow and for all the other days of the year.
Finally, the future! What the future holds and what you are able to give next year and throughout depends on you. No one knows tomorrow but the difference between who you are and who you want to be, in order give what you want and make a difference, is dependent on what you do! It is as simple as that! So what will you do differently this coming year in contrast to this year?
Christmas comes but once a year, so make it a happy one, and if you are looking for that perfect present for a love one, then why not go back to basics and purchase some gold from www.KBVision-Global.com. If it was good enough for Jesus then why not you and yours?!
Here’s wishing you and yours a wonderful festive season and a ‘golden’ New Year!
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