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December 3, 1981-Malakoff News, Cedar Creek Pilot-Page 11B Gift-giving tradition related l)y St. Matthew One of the sources of the gift-giving tradition is related by St. Matthew in part of the story of Christmas and the Wise Men. The Wise Men had seen and followed the star to where Christ was born in Bethlehem. Theycame to pay homage through worship and offering of gifts. To quote St. Matthew: "And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasured, they presented unto him gif- ts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh." Looking upon gift-giving in a materialistic way, we might question why the Wise Men presented gifts of frankincense and myrrh to the young child. Gold, of course, could provice financial needs. But what made frankincense and Detailed answers to this question can best be left to theologians. Some say the gifts were emblematic of divinity, regal office and manhood of Christ. Another theologian states, "They offered him incense as their God; gold as their King; and myrrh as united to a human body subject to suffering and death." Still others say that the Wise Men of. fered what they held in most esteem among themselves -products produced in their home country of Arabia. It is particularly interesting to note that both frankincense and myrrh are the products of trees, the uses of which go back into antiquity. According to the Texas Forest 'Ser- vice, frankincense is an aromatic gum tree trunks, where the accumulated resin coagulates in globules. These are then.easily scraped from the tree. resin with a bitter, acrid taste that exudes from several trees of the genus Boswellia. Such trees are abundantly found on the Somali coast in South Arabia. Cuts or wounds re made in the Frankincense was used as an incense in religious ceremoniesby theEgyp- tians, Persians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Jews, Greeks, and Romans. It is still widely used today as an incen- se. In the East, it is used as an external application for tumors and sores, and in China, as an internal remedy for leprosy and other diseases. Myrrh is a bitter resinous exudation obtained from trees of the genus Ba]samea or Commiphora. These spiny plants grow in Arabia and Abyssinia. myrrh so special? Since ancient times, myrrh has been Begin holiday season by decorating front door Decorating your front door is a per- fect way to begin your holiday season. The entrance to your home is an in- troduction to your guests, inviting them to step inside and join in the gaiety. A festive door need not cost a lot of money. Ribbons, fabric remnants, tissue paper, pieces of velvet and even hatboxes can be incorporated into unique and personalized designs. An effective, yet relatively easy door embellishment consists of wide red velvet strips hung vertically on the front of your door. Artificial or real magnolia leaves, sprayed with shiny gold paint, can he attached, giving the door a rich con- temporary look. A circular hatbox, decorated with the traditional Christmas colors of red and green, can he used to create a unique door adornment. The hatbox is cut in half, the rounded portions are covered with red velvet or ribbon, and green ribbon is used to form handles, all giving the hatbox the ap- pearance of a holiday basket. Greens, pine cones and large tree baubles can fill the insides of the con- tainer. This idea is perfect for double doors. If your doorway, rather than the door itself, challenges your decorating ten- dency, strips of green burlap overlaid with evergreen boughs are perfect for framing wide entranceways. Red satin streamers, caught in three places with bunches of artificial apples and red peppers and hung over the evergreen, give your front door a regal border. For those who prefer a more traditional look, a lush ever-green wreath tied with a big red bow is, and always will be, a Christmas sight to behold. And, any festive doorway is sure to put any holiday traveler who ap- preaches your door in a happy, holiday mood. /eeady-to- Wea, Delight that Woman in Your Life with a Smart Knicker Outfit in Pink or Black Velveteen 887-1495 Layaway Sunday 1-5, Mon.-Sat. 9-5 used as a perfume, for embalming pur- Ioses and as a religious annointiug oil. It is occasionally used in medicine to increase appetite, and stimulate the came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, wound it in linen also Nicodemus, which at the first clothes with the spices, as the manner flow of gastrif juices, and as a con- of the Jews is to bury." stituent of mouth wash. Although we do not know the true Myrrh also played a part at Christ's significance ofrankincense and myrrh crucifixion and upon His mortal death, as gifts to the Christ Child, we know As reported by St. Mark: "And they that they were products of trees and gave him to drink wine mingled with commodities of com/nerce highly myrrh: but he received it not." In St. valued for religious ceremonies and for John, the story is told: And there came their medicinal properties. CHRISTMAS As long as there are pine trees growing on a hill, As long as there are firesides with candle on a sill, As long as there are reindeer, snowflakes glistening white, As long as there is a Santa Claus, there will be a Christmas night. As long as happy children sing with pure delight the age-old song of goodwill to men, there will be a Christmas night. As 19ng as there are wise men who choose to be star-led, and loving hearts made ready to crown the Christmas head, As long as there is tinsel and wrappings gay and bright, and church bells chime throughout the land, there will be a Christmas night. Author Unknown = xxxx xx  x  xx The holiday spirit is everywhere, filling the season with festive and bright sights and sounds. We hope it's; an especially mer- ry time for you!