Almost all the stories about Christmas are full of magic and wonder. While most of us try to maintain an adult demeanor most of the time, Christmas does tend to bring out the child in each of us. Every child has wondered about these things.
- Did the star show up at the time of Jesus’ birth or did it show up far enough in advance to give the Wise Men a head start?
- What was the star? Just a new star? A supernova? Was it Halley’s Comet? (Admit it – you’ve wondered that.)
- When the Magi packed up and headed toward Bethlehem, did one of them really think, “Myrrh – an embalming ointment. That’s what a newborn king would want!”
- On the other hand, incense is nice, and gold always comes in handy.
- Aren’t you glad that for the U.S. census you don’t have to pack up the family and travel to the city from which your family came?
- I’m a city kid – I don’t even like walking through a barn, much less sleeping in one.
- At least we know that it was Kosher – so it wasn’t a pig barn (yuck!)
- Imagine the shepherd boys returning home and telling their Jewish mother what they saw. They likely got checked for a fever, a serving of the equivalent of chicken soup and sent to bed until the illness passed.
Of course, there is modern magic and wonder.
- Toys for Tots
- Money in the Salvation Army kettle
- Jesse trees
- Food drives
- Families getting together
- Enjoying our children’s excitement.
Christmas is getting closer. Share the magic and the wonder.