16 diciembre, 2010

Behave yourselves, children!

Once again, Christmas is coming. We are about to celebrate Jesus' birth.

The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger." Luke, 2.

El ángel les dijo: «No temáis, pues os anuncio una gran alegría, que lo será para todo el pueblo: os ha nacido hoy, en la ciudad de David, un salvador, que es el Cristo Señor; y esto os servirá de señal: encontraréis un niño envuelto en pañales y acostado en un pesebre.» Lucas 2

Christmas is a time of joy and beautiful traditions, a special season to spend in the warm circle of family and friends, a nostalgic and emotive period of the year in which we specially remember our loved ones who passed away.


Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!  (Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers)

... and it's a time of receiving gifts. Have you posted your letter yet? Whether you send it to Santa or to The Three Wise Men, remember: they watch everything, so behave yourselves.








The Magi (aka The Three Wise Men, The Three Kings, or The Kings from the East) in the Bible:


"When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, "Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage."
.... And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.
They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh." Matthew, 2.

"Cuando nació Jesús, en Belén de Judea, bajo el reinado de Herodes, unos magos de Oriente se presentaron en Jerusalén y preguntaron: «¿Dónde está el rey de los judíos que acaba de nacer? Porque vimos su estrella en Oriente y hemos venido a adorarlo».
..., ellos partieron. La estrella que habían visto en Oriente los precedía, hasta que se detuvo en el lugar donde estaba el niño. 
Cuando vieron la estrella se llenaron de alegría,y al entrar en la casa, encontraron al niño con María, su madre, y postrándose, le rindieron homenaje. Luego, abriendo sus cofres, le ofrecieron dones, oro, incienso y mirra." Mateo, 2.