The 12 Gifts of Christmas, #2- the Wise Men
Here are the highlights of a conversation my five-year old had with his teacher at school yesterday.
Teacher: Jesus was also visited by some very wise men.
Jack: Like Yoda.
Teacher: You do know Yoda isn’t real, right?
Jack: But he is wise.
The wise men have always been my favorite characters in the Christmas story. I feel that I have a lot in common with them. Besides my obvious wisdom and masculinity…well, that’s where the similarities end. I like the wise men even more now that I know one of them was about three feet tall, green, and sounded like Miss Piggy and I would like to give a gift to them today.
Now I’m faced with the age-old question- What do you give someone who already has everything? These guys were obviously smart enough to discern the meaning of a star God placed in the sky. They were wealthy enough to make a long journey at a time when people just didn’t travel. After paying for the trip they still had enough left over to buy some pretty ritzy gifts for a newborn. Too bad gift cards hadn’t been invented yet. That gold and smelly stuff was probably pretty heavy and cumbersome on a camel.
You really have to respect the magi. They knew something big was happening and they wanted to be involved–not just present, involved. They chose to help Mary and Joseph. They made a difference in this young King’s life and they sacrificed their time and a great deal of wealth to do so. More of us should have that reaction to the birth of God’s Son.
So what do you get the people who already have everything? You find a niche novelty item that is overpriced, completely useless, and in some way related to their interests. It’s a good thing I received this email last week:
Looking for a perfect holiday gift? Everyone loves having a star named after them! It’s a unique and meaningful way to express your feelings. The night sky, and your official star registration certificate, will be a permanent reminder of this day.
And they’ll throw in a plush bear! Merry Christmas, wise men.
*Not the twelve days of Christmas, we’ve been over this already.
**In reality no gifts will be given. This is a hypothetical sort of thing designed to increase traffic on this website.
***Contest open to legal residents of planet earth and 18 or older to win unless I decide to give a gift to a minor or extraterrestrial. No purchase necessary, although purchases will definitely increase chances of winning. Some restrictions apply, like the fact that there is not an actual prize.
****Oprah Winfrey does not necessarily endorse this blog or the contents therein although I’m sure she would enjoy it. Oprah, if you’re reading, an endorsement would be appreciated…and a new car.