Christmas Star Decorations
In Christian tradition, the Star of Bethlehem, also called the Christmas Star, revealed the birth of Jesus to the Biblical Magi, and later led them to Bethlehem.
The star appears only in the nativity story of the Gospel of Matthew, where magi “from the east” are inspired by the star to travel to Jerusalem.
There they meet King Herod of Judea, and ask where the king of the Jews had been born. Herod, following a verse from the Book of Micah interpreted as a prophecy, directs them to Bethlehem, a nearby village.
The star leads them to Jesus’ house in Bethlehem, where they worship him, and give him gifts.
The wise men are then given divine warning not to return to Herod so they return to their “own country” by a different route.
Many Christians see the star as a miraculous sign to mark the birth of the Christ (or messiah).
Some theologians claimed that the star fulfilled a prophecy, known as the Star Prophecy.
Those Who Are Dear
The turkey’s bought and will soon be stuffed;
The guest room’s ready, the pillows fluffed.
The closet’s full of holiday gifts;
The snow is here, piled up in drifts.
Our plans are made for the coming New Year;
Now it’s time to contemplate those who are dear.
We’re thinking of you and how special you are;
Next to your name, we’ve put a star.
“Why?” you ask; well here’s a clue:
We feel so blessed that we know you.
– Joanna Fuchs