the gift of the magi

The Gift of the Magi

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It’s Christmas time,

time for celebration. We have so many Christmas traditions; fudge, baked treats, trees decorated with ornaments, stocking hung by the fireplace, & of course gift giving, yet most of us probably don’t know where many of them originated. The tradition of giving gifts at Christmas time comes straight from the story of the original Christmas. The gifts in that story are pretty familiar for many of us, yet the significance of each of them can easily be lost on us.

Christ was born around 4 B.C. in the town of Bethlehem. Wise men, a.k.a. the Magi, came from the east to bring gifts and worship Him. These gifts were Gold, Frankincense, & Myrrh. All of these gifts were very costly & rare; gifts fit for a king.

Gold,

the first gift, was a royal metal, symbolizing the post that the child had come to fill. We place genuine 24 karat gold leaf on the top of our Gift of the Magi Christmas soap!

Frankincense,

a rare aromatic gum resin, was used as incense for religious purposes and was also very rare. This gift symbolized that he was the High Priest for his people. Frankincense comes from trees of the scientific family Burseraceae genus Boswellia native to Africa. We use Frankincense essential oil in our Dewdrops blend & our Gift of the Magi Christmas soap.

Myrrh

is also a rare aromatic gum resin sometimes used in incense, but it also has another purpose. It was & is used for medicinal purposes & for preparing dead bodies. Myrrh is extracted from small thorny trees of the family Burseraceae (same as Frankincense) genus Commiphora native to the Near East. We use Myrrh essential oil in our Dewdrops blend, as well as our Gift of the Magi Christmas soap.

Although we are not told how many wise men there were, many conclude from the number of gifts that there were three. The gifts the first wise men brought have inspired many societies around the world to remember that first Christmas through the exchange of gifts.

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