After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem  and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.  – Matthew 2:1-12

… guide us to THE PERFECT LIGHT.

Christ came to our earth for ALL – not just for the wise, but for the foolish – not just for the strong, but for the weak – not just for the rich, but for the poor.  God loves us all so very much.


It doesn’t matter what your status is in this life, Christ wants you to make Him your personal Savior.  God sent Jesus to earth to bridge the gap between Himself and man.  Will you accept this great gift today?

jesusWhat a wonderful gift – the perfect gift – the best gift you’ll ever be given.  🙂





1-6 TWELFTH DAYHa!  You thought Christmas was over, didn’t you???

Remember the Christmas song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”?  Well, there are twelve days of Christmas and contrary to popular belief, they begin on Christmas Day and end on January 6!  Today is THREE KINGS DAY, known as the day of the Three Kings (a.k.a. wise men or magi).  If you watch “Touched By an Angel”, you will know their names – Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar.  Their names are in the Bible too – but I retain more information from TV shows.  Anyhow, they saw the bright star of Bethlehem and followed it to the place where Christ lay in a manger and presented Him with gold, frankincense and myrrh.

So how do we celebrate this last day of Christmas?  If there are goodies on your tree, it’s time for the kids to eat them – this is known as the “plündern”  (raiding) of the tree.  These days we don’t use many sweets to decorate, but I know some kids who will be happy to eat the candy canes they find!   Then it’s time to take the Christmas tree down and dispose of it.  People used to burn their trees in a big bonfire, but I don’t suppose that’s going on much anymore, especially in America.  I think nowadays, the trees are left on the curb and they come along and make mulch out of it – and you get the bag of mulch.

When December 25th was finally adopted by the Western Christian Church as the date of the Feast of Christ’s birth in the fourth century, it’s believed that this change in date brought about the traditional “12 Days of Christmas.”  While it’s not at all my favorite song (I refer to it as the Redundant Christmas headache song), it’s still interesting to know the history – it helps me cope better.  So technically, we should not begin singing this Carol until Christmas Day – ah HA!!!  Now we know! 

The Western Christian Church celebrated the Feast of Christ’s birth on December 25th and the Eastern Christian Church still recognized January 6th as the day of celebration of the nativity.  January 6th was also kept as the physical birthday in Bethlehem.  In the Teutonic west, Epiphany became the Festival of the Three Kings, or Twelfth day.

I guess it’s like a RIGHT TWIX /LEFT TWIX THING.  The two factories make the same product but refer to the process in different terminology.  But they make the same thing – Twix!  I must be hungry – I’m using food analogies. 

The point I’m making is that we know the birth of Christ took place, and no matter what day we honor the birth, it’s the fact that we honor it that counts – not when we honor it.

The evening before Twelfth Day, prayers are said and dried herbs that have been blessed are burnt, their aroma filling the house.  Entryways are sprinkled with holy water and the master of the house writes C + M + B (first initials of the wise men) and the year above the front door of the house and the barn door – and write “Protect us again this year from the dangers of fire and water”.  Usually the words “Christ bless this home” are written as well.

In Austria and Bavaria, the custom of the Star Singers is still very much alive.  It is to signify the travel of the Three Kings and begins on New Years Day through January 6th.  Children dress as the kings and hold up a large star.  They go from door to door, caroling and singing a Three Kings’ song.  In return they receive money or some sweet treat.  In the old days the collected donations were given to unemployed craftsmen or veterans.  Today they go to organized charities of the church or the Third World countries.

Some older folks still remember when Three Kings Day was celebrated.  The evening of January 6th used to mean a big gathering with Christmas foods, Christmas carols sung around the piano and grandchildren eating the goodies off the tree before it was taken to be burned.


The standard tune now associated with The Twelve Days of Christmas is derived from a 1909 arrangement of a traditional folk melody by English composer Frederic Austin, who first introduced the now familiar prolongation of the verse “five gold rings” (everyone’s favorite part)!

So…  NOW Christmas is over – let’s sing the song together one last time…  on the Twelfth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me…  (take a DEEP BREATH…)




AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE!!!  Along with that – maybe a good pair of earplugs.

Just because I cannot sing does not mean I will not sing.  😉