One of the most recognized aspects of the Christmas holiday is that of gift giving, where people buy presents for each other, usually within families or circles of friends, although many people gift to others out of charity as well.

The history of giftgiving on Christmas comes from a variety of sources. It was common during the Roman celebration of Saturnalia, a festival that took place in ancient Rome in late December, and of course, the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh which were given to Jesus by the Magi in Christian traditions. And of course, Saint Nicholas, the model for modern day Santa Claus, was well known for his secret gift-giving to others and greatly influenced modern Christmas traditions.

For many, Christmas morning is one of the most anticipated times of the year, as they exuberantly open presents hoping to be surprised with desired gifts. Many people put significant effort into making their presents visually attractive, and heightening the anticipation of the gift opening. Here’s some examples:

Christmas by Amanda K

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Christmas Pug by garnettrules21

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Christmas Present Bokeh by Carl Schmidt

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Christmas Presents by Kristin Ladstrom

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Not So Sure by Jim Remington

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Wrapped Presents by Jessica Enig

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Untitled by Natalia Lisovskaya

Mandarins in basket with Gift and Christmas tree branch

Presents by Iva Yaneva

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It Was a Gift by Jose Santos

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Presents by Halfgirl

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