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Celebrating the Joy of Living & Home Making ~

Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Tea Time, and taking Inspiration from those I love and the world around me...

A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday 3 December 2018

The ABC's of Christmas - K

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie {1845-1916}

The ABC's of Christmas ~ K

Hello everyone! Hope you had a wonderful weekend and thank you for joining me. Today I am doing the letter K.

is for...
Kissing ball, We Three Kings.

This is my kissing ball which hangs over the kitchen sink. It is made of sprigs of evergreen, glittered balls, pinecones, glittery poinsettias, and ribbon. Hubby helps me with the dishes so we often steal a kiss while we are cleaning up the kitchen.

We Three Kings

"We Three Kings",
also known as "We Three Kings of Orient Are" or "The Quest of the Magi", is a Christmas carol written by the Reverend John Henry Hopkins, Jr., who wrote both the lyrics and the music. It is suggested to have been written in 1857 but did not appear in print until his Carols, Hymns and Song in 1863. John Henry Hopkins, Jr., then an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church,[1] was instrumental in organizing an elaborate holiday pageant (which featured this hymn) for the students of the General Theological Seminary in New York City in 1857 while serving as the seminary's music director. In 1872 Hopkins was ordained an Episcopal priest and later served as rector at Christ Episcopal Church (Williamsport, PA).[2]

A little tidbit that some of you may not know:

Did you know that the three {wise men} or as some folks call them, the three kings, did not visit the stable when Jesus was born? Yes, they are very much a part of the Christmas story but they didn't actually arrive to worship the new born King until a couple of years later when Jesus and His parents were living in the house. {Matthew 2:11} The wise men did follow the Star to Bethlehem and the gifts they brought Him were used to help the Holy Family escape to Egypt where they remained until Herod had died. God protected the Family and kept them safe. After that, the Holy Family returned to Nazareth where Jesus grew up. 

Thank you for visiting today and please join me again tomorrow for the letter L
Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi