“The magi, as you know, were wise men–wonderfully wise men–who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents.”
― O. Henry, The Gift of the Magi
The Magi from the East. What a strange story, but one that has been accepted by Christianity for centuries. Three strangers from a foreign country, possibly astrologers and interpreters of omens, following a star because they all had the same dream. They bring expensive gifts, bow before a child, proclaim him the son of God and thumb their nose at King Herod by not reporting to him where Jesus was. It’s fascinating!
The Bible isn’t exactly a timetable and the story is vague and shrouded in mystery. People have just filled in all those blanks since Epiphany became a church feast in the second century, making it one of the oldest of Christian celebrations. The Epiphany is considered the day that the Magi finally made it to Bethlehem to see the baby Jesus. Epiphany occurs on January 6, 12 days after Christmas Day, and at the tail end of the legendary 12 days of Christmas. Epiphany is also often referred to as Three Kings’ Day, Twelfth Night, or the Feast of the Epiphany. I’m from Louisiana, so Epiphany officially marks the beginning of the Mardi Gras season! ♫On the 12th Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me♫…KING CAKE!
Today starts the new monthly challenge at JFF Rubber Stamps and this month the challenge is hosted by design team member Jen Armstrong.
Jen chose a blue and silver color theme this month and since I’m still in holiday mode I’m celebrating the 12 days of Christmas with the Three Wise Men on Camels!
This is such a great silhouette stamp and it fit perfectly inside the Water globe Wood base stamp image! I made it into a shaker card with silver and blue tinsel glitter and added some moon and stars sequin shapes. The water themed dark gray background paper had a silver bubbles and ripples pattern, just right for my design!
Click HERE to see what the rest of the design team has created and link up your blue and silver creation for a chance to win a gift certificate from JFF Stamps. I’ll look for you in the gallery!
Below you can find a list with all the products used today! Links to multiple online shops are available, just click the store link below each item. Affiliate links used where possible at no extra cost to you.
SSS – Simon Says Stamp; AMZUS – Amazon; SBC – Scrapbook.com; CLB – Club Scrap; JFF – JFF Stamps