Nathan (vovat) wrote,

Breakfast at Epiphany's

Well, it's now the twelfth day of Christmas. I had a little time getting the math to work out on that one, but then I learned that the count actually starts with the EVENING of the twenty-fifth. So all the kids who are in a hurry to open their presents that morning should technically be forced to wait until evening. {g} Anyway, today is Epiphany, otherwise known as Theophany or Three Kings Day, celebrating the visit of the three magi to the baby Jesus. Except the Bible doesn't specify that there are three wise men, just three gifts. The now commonly accepted names of Kaspar (or Gaspar), Melchior, and Balthasar aren't known to have appeared anywhere prior to the sixth century, and the identification of the magi as kings was also a later invention. Also, the book of Luke says that Jesus' family went straight to Nazareth after his circumcision in Jerusalem, which means they couldn't very well have been in Bethlehem when Jesus was twelve days old. In fact, Matthew kind of suggests that they were in Bethlehem even longer than that, since Herod has all babies under the age of two killed after the visit from the wise men. Also never revealed is what Jesus' parents did with the gifts. Did Joseph pawn them and use the money to buy a new workbench or something? Inquiring minds want to know!

By the way, all things seem to come back to Chrono Trigger, since the three gurus in the game are named Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. Well, they are in the English translation, anyway; I think they had different names in Japanese.

Since it IS the last day of Christmas, I'm going to use my Santa icon for this post, but I'll probably be replacing it tonight, until next December. You know, I don't quite think having extra icons is worth...well, however much it costs to get a paid account. It would be nice, though. Oh, and if anyone was planning on giving me twelve drummers drumming, I don't have room for them.
Tags: bible, holidays, religion, video games
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