"For others, it will be the joy of fellowship and the giving of presents." King's christmas speech (see:1:17-1:22)

The expression "... the giving of the presents" caught my attention, because we generally say "...giving presents"., and he could have said "...the joy of fellowship and giving presents"., but there must a reason he used it in a passive structure "the doing of something" rather than "doing something".

So, did he say "....the giving of presents." to emphasize its ceremonial aspect and the mutual exchange of presents rather than one side simply giving something?

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It could be interpreted two ways:

The joy of [fellowship and giving presents] OR

[The joy of fellowship] and [the giving of presents] (two different aspects of Christmas).

It's my guess that King Charles intended the second meaning.

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