I love the notion that these biblical gifts are not displays of wealth, but rather blessings of character. This reminds me of the fairytale, Sleeping Beauty. When the fairies are invited to Baby Aurora's party to extend blessings. Their blessings, too, were gifts of character. There were twelve fairies in attendance, but the evil fairy interupted after Fairy #11 to cast a death spell on the baby girl. Then, the Lilac Fairy (#12) was able to amend the curse to suggest a deep sleep rather than death. The European, especially the Russian, tradition takes these fairytales very seriously in the development of children's character. Maybe we should examine these gifts in light of the life that the baby in the manger came to live and to think about gift giving to children at this time of year in a whole new way.
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