Every once in a while I get this joke in my inbox:
What would have happened if it had been three Wise Women instead of three Wise Men?It is the custom of the Magi (when they visit our house, at least) to give the children something they didn't expect. The Wise Men aren't Santa Claus after all, you can't send them a gift list. Anyway, they were searching for a King, what would they know about practical gifts? Usually the present is something interesting, like jewelry or a glass dragon, or something spiritual. This year, Sierra got a set of angel blessing ink stamps and an inkpad. Chase is still getting dragons. Marina got a set of unique pencils and a starry mood ring. All of their gifts came in gold wire baskets. It's a nice way to bring the season to a close before beginning the holiday clean-up, but more important, it reminds them of the journey of the three wise men.
They would have asked directions,
arrived on time,
helped deliver the baby,
cleaned the stable,
made a casserole,
and brought practical gifts.
The stores can have Christmas and the holiday frenzy they've created around December 25th. January brings our quiet Little Christmas!