Three wise magicians, who resided in ancient Persia, were so adept at astrological charts that they determined the presence of a brilliant constellation, linked to the birth of baby who would become the most radical and controversial figure to ever hit planet earth.
That baby, a male child called Yeshua bin Joseph, was born in Bethlehem to a Hebrew teenager named Mary and her betrothed, Joseph of the House of David.
The three magicians rode on caravan across the desert to discover the child for themselves, and determine what may be his effects on humankind. They stopped for a brief stint with the (very nosy) King Herod.
They then went on to Bethlehem where they greeted the baby with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Although they had promised Herod they would return with a full report, they bypassed the palace and returned to Persia, wisely keeping knowledge of the baby to themselves.
The Gift of the Magi is one of my favorite biblical stories. Today, in honor of Christmas Eve, I give you ‘We Three Kings’ by the (fabulous!) Mediaeval Baebes.
Make a wish, count your lucky stars and have a magical Christmas!