Blowform Twelfth Night Trek

The traditions of Twelfth Night have pretty much disappeared from our holiday culture in the USA.  Who sings The Twelve Days of Christmas (or knows what all those gifts were about) any more?  While How The Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Miracle on 34th Street have been preaching the true meaning of Christmas (aka anti-commercialism of the holiday) for several generations, the Christmas season advances earlier each year with more emphasis on balancing the books before the end of the year.  By tradition, the Christmas tree did not even go up until Christmas Eve, and the gifts came out on Twelfth Night, or January 6th, the day the Magi were celebrated as finding Jesus (and brought him gifts).

The story of the Magi is recorded by Matthew.  No other reference to them appear in other gospels or letters from Peter or Paul.  While the early Christian leaders recited various Hebrew prophets as foretelling of Jesus, as the Messiah, no prophets mentioned the Magi.

According the Matthew, the Magi, again from the east, most likely Persia, saw a star which they interpreted as related to a king.  They followed the star to Judea.  They approached the Roman king of the region, Herod (You will be glad to know that I have not found a blowform King Herod, thus cannot provide a tableau of that scene).  King Herod consults with the Jewish leaders (can’t find blowforms of them either), who recite the prophecies about the Messiah coming from Bethlehem.  King Herod instructs the Magi to find the child, then return to him professing that he too wants to worship the child.

Thus, the Magi continue their trek to Bethlehem.  Matthew does not give a time frame for their journey.  The only time reference we can deduct is within the first year, in that later King Herod will try to kill the child by having all boys under the age of one year in Bethlehem killed… but we are getting ahead of the story.

As our forest does not look the least like the desert or mountains of Persia, we will substitute an old logging road for such hardship.

 

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Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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3 Responses to Blowform Twelfth Night Trek

  1. KerryCan says:

    I, for one, am relieved that there are no blow form Herods lurking around . . .

  2. Laurie Graves says:

    Those wise men do indeed look as though they are toiling and encountering hardships. To go a little sideways…One of my favorite plays is “Twelfth Night,” And I have an excellent film version by Trevor Nunn that features Ben Kingsly as Feste. Might just watch it this Saturday.

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