November 3, 2009

WFMW: Gift giving Magi-style

Posted in Faith, Family at 11:40 pm by Stacy


A few years ago I read a magazine article that talked about giving gifts that held the same meaning as the gifts the Magi gave baby Jesus.  

The basic principle is that each child (or person in the family – Bethel Daddy and I’ve tried this on the years when gifts to each other have been given) is given three gifts – a “gold” gift, a “frankincense” gift and a “myrrh” gift.

The “gold” gift is the gift of most value.  For us this doesn’t necessarily mean the most expensive, but what the person would value the most or really wanted.    Bethel Boy really wanted a new light saber a few years ago.  It was about $15.00 at Wal-Mart.  That was his gold gift that year. 

The “frankincense” gift is a gift that deals with the person’s relationship with God.  Typically we have given Christian books, a new bible or even a favorite Christian CD.  

They “myrrh” gift is something that can adorn their body.   Myrrh was used in the embalming process and we know that it was probably applied to Christ after his death.   Bethel Boy and Girl are a little too young for perfume or lotions so for now we usually buy them clothing.

Gift giving Magi-style  has really helped us focus in on what is important during this holiday season.  It has been hard to not go and buy everything that we wanted to give them or everything on their list.   It’s been hard to focus in on gifts that have special meaning.  Right now they are special to us (Bethel Daddy and I) but the kids just don’t get it yet.  That is why we try to be faithful in following this outline. It helps us gift givers really evaluate what we want to give each person and hopefully as our kids grow older they will come to understand the meaning also.

Head on over to We Are THAT Family for other holiday ideas.



  1. Tracey said,

    I only recently heard of this idea and think it’s a good one!

  2. angie said,

    love this idea my kids are older and were looking for a fun new way to do gifts I think they will love this idea

  3. Tonya said,

    I LOVE this idea! We’ve done 3 gifts for our kids in the past…something they want, something they need and something to read.

  4. Rita said,

    Ahhh! Thank you for posting this. I always tell my children ~ “It’s Jesus’ Birthday, not yours!”. “It Jesus only got three, then why should we have more?”. They’re fine with it. Actually, to them it’s considered normal. It allows us not to get eaten up by all the commercialism and especially with this economy, I hope more people get back to the basics.

    I wanted to share another one of my favorites to keep the emphasis on Jesus. We have a cake adorned with a nativity on top and sing Happy Birthday to Him and celebrate His Birth. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post.

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