Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh

December 23, 2010

We all know what gold is… but what the heck are Frankincense and Myrrh.

Both are actually gummy resins from bushes.

From emmitsburg.net –

“Frankincense is highly fragrant when burned; it was used in worship where it was used as a pleasant offering to God. Medicinally it is seldom used now, though formerly it was much sought after. It was thought to be an antidote to hemlock!

Myrrh was one of the ingredients of the holy anointing oil and also of incense. It served as a fumigant in the temple and was a burial spice. Myrrh was valued as a perfume as well as for its medicinal properties. It served as local anesthetic and was given to both mother and child for postnatal care, perhaps one reason the Wise Men brought it to Jesus.

Why did these gummy resins make good presents? Along with gold, frankincense and myrrh were fairly rare and expensive. Both substances have symbolic and practical values. The Wise Men brought items that had great worth.”

…now you know…

JCS had its Christmas lesson this week.  We re-capped Hanukkah, talked about Christmas being Jesus’ birthday, told the Nativity story from Luke 2:1-14 and from a children’s book as well.  When we read the children’s book, we re-enacted with our creche.  All of the kids got some statues and when the story talked about THEIR statue, they got to place it in the nativity scene.

We feel like it was a good lesson; especially since 2 weeks ago, they had forgotten that Christmas was Jesus’ birthday!

No discussion of Santa at JCS.  He’s not part of the Christmas story; however, my kids both got e-mail videos from Santa today.

http://www.portablenorthpole.tv/watch/L22Sv1LG6BJMVdVHaEQ25w

Libby’s comments were:  Wow, Santa’s beard is REALLY long.  (and then later)  Santa is REALLY old.  What happens if he dies before Christmas?

http://www.portablenorthpole.tv/watch/QzWt4MwasqS3w0vKBVYTZg

Jonah said:  Can he SEE me?  (and)  Why didn’t he mention Cinnamon?  (our elf on the shelf)

…well, he didn’t mention Cinnamon because that wasn’t an option on the web-site….although a message from Santa asking your child to try to stop sucking his thumb IS an option.  My friend Lindsey says it has worked like a charm on her 3 year old!

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