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Sunday, September 18, 2005
Christmas Cards Already In Stores
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Yesterday I had a chance to go shopping (something I normally don't like to do), but I went and was surprised at the large selection of Christmas cards. Now, Christmas is probably my favorite time of year, and I love looking through the Christmas cards particularly for the religious cards. Last year I got a box of over 30 for around $3.00 and I thought they were great. Some were of the Magi, some of Christ, some of the angels in Heaven.

Well, yesterday I saw one beautiful card with the three Magi on the front riding camels to a great star in the distance, and this reminded me of a tradition in Syria. On the Feast of the Epiphany children receive gifts not from Santa but the smallest camel. The story goes that this camel traveled with the Magi and was so small and tired but refused to stop in a desire to see Christ. And when the child Christ saw the camel He blessed it with immortality and now every year the Camel brings gifts because of his great faith. I just loved that story the first time I heard it.

2 comments:

del_button September 18, 2005 at 2:56 PM
ukok said...

I'm one up on you my friend, I bought my Christmas cards in the January sales!

That's a tip for next January...I have boxes and boxes of beautiful cards with images of the Madonna and child, or like those that you descibe with the three wise men, and I got them for only a fraction of the price. I alos like to make my own for special friends and family members :)

god Bless.

del_button September 19, 2005 at 11:09 AM
Christ-Haunted said...

I've never heard that story about the smallest camel before. Very sweet.

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