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It's the right time of year for a Christmas story...
(and don't worry, there's still time to order for delivery before Christmas)
but the three wise men who visited the new baby in his manger. They came bearing gifts of gold, incense and myrrh. Rumour has it that the 'kings' or 'magi' might have travelled from Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia or the Yemen. They probably would have had many servants travelling with them too.
The tale tells us that they had seen an unusual new star in the sky. They were sure that it told of the birth of a special king. No one really knows what the new star might have been. Perhaps a comet, a supernova, a conjunction of planets - or even a UFO!
Nasty King Herod wanted the search party to find this young baby. Not so that he could worship him, but he was rather in favour of eliminating him. He heard a rumour that this was a new king in the making who might take away his power.
When those wise people found Jesus and Mary, it is likely that they would have been occupying a normal house in Bethlehem rather than a stable.
Then they gave their gifts to him. The gifts seem quite strange to give to a baby. Gold: is associated with Kings. Christians believe that Jesus is the King of Kings.
Frankincense is wafted around in Churches to 'purify' the air. Much like a beautifully scented candle.
Myrrh is a type of perfume. It was once used on dead bodies to make them smell nice. It hinted that Jesus would suffer and die. It is actually an essential oil derived from a thorny tree.
What gifts will you be bringing to your friends and family this Christmas?