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History of Christmas Gift Giving

Did you know that giving gifts at Christmas time is a relatively new tradition in this country? Yep! It seems like it's been around since the beginning, but that's just not the case. In fact, the pilgrims who came to America didn't even celebrate Christmas because they thought the holiday too decadent.

In the early 1800's, Americans began celebrating Christmas again, not as a boisterous party, but as a solemn and private family event. Victorian standards of the day were being relaxed and families saw this as an opportunity to lavish attention and gifts on their children without spoiling them. (yeah, right!)

Stores began advertising Christmas shopping in 1820, Santa Claus becomes popular, Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' is widely read, and real live Santas are being visited by children in stores.

The rest, as they say, is history!

Some gift ideas...
CVS Pharmacy is the place to go for everyone on your list. They have gifts for families, kids, loved ones, and sweethearts. Everything you need and all the wrapping paper and bows to make it beautiful. Truly a one stop shopping experience.
Sleek and stylish, Savora kitchen tools are the classiest gifts for your foodie friends. Choose from a grater, peeler, ice cream scoop, can opener, oil mister, or garlic press.
For the on-the-go person on your list, 100% leakproof and/or spillproof travel mugs, water bottles, and kids cups from Contigo will make their day.
The Zumba Fitness World Party videogame is the perfect gift for anyone wanting to get in shape and have fun too! Over 30 different dance styles from all over the world, plus great music make this fun for the whole family. They even have a kids version, Zumba Kids for the younger set.
Mastercard helps you master your season with their Priceless Cities Program. Cardholders can choose unique food, travel, and entertainment experiences for their loved ones. You can even put your picture on a special MC giftcard at Giftcards.com.