Humor The Day After Christmas by Jeffrey Miller December 27, 2005 written by Jeffrey Miller December 27, 2005 12 comments 0 FacebookTwitterGoogle +Pinterest Jeffrey Miller previous post To my commentors next post Hosties You may also like In Persona ET September 27, 2010 Detachment Test February 21, 2007 Laetare Sunday March 18, 2007 Dissidentyne March 1, 2006 My theory is that … January 5, 2006 Archbishop George Lucas June 3, 2009 Californians warned about “fake priest” February 3, 2014 Duplex Catholicism October 16, 2013 Random LOTR Thoughts December 9, 2003 New Search Engine March 4, 2003 12 comments Cathy December 27, 2005 - 9:11 pm Now THAT’S funny. 😉 Rick Lugari December 27, 2005 - 10:56 pm LOL Teresa December 28, 2005 - 10:11 am That image brings this question to my mind: I wonder what Mary and Joseph did with the gold, frankensense and myrrh? Use it to pay for the trip? Buy carpentry tools? Hmmm. Becky December 28, 2005 - 11:56 am Ah, Teresa, that reminds me of a story contest I witnessed about ten years ago, on exactly that topic! The winner was one Michael Moore (no, not that Michael Moore…), and here’s the Reader’s Digest version as I remember it: Mary and Joseph, having to leave town in a hurry, left the gifts in the care of their rich friend Joseph of Arimathea. Right after they left, Herod killed all the babies in Bethlehem, and there weren’t enough spices to anoint them all for burial, so J. of A. thought Mary and Joseph would agree that this was a right and proper use for the myrrh. So he donated it, and there was just enough to bury all the slaughtered innocents – with enough left over for the body of one grown man. Mary & Joseph came back, still didn’t feel comfortable having such rich gifts in the house, so they left them with cousin Zachariah & Elizabeth. Many years pass, Zachariah is serving in the Temple, the Romans have defiled it and he needs incense to re-sanctify it, so he uses the Wise Men’s frankincense – as he hears the sound of Jesus cleansing the Temple outside. The third gift, the gold, was stolen from Z & E by a Roman soldier who had gambled away all his income, and he gambled this away too – all except for thirty pieces of silver, which was used to pay Judas to betray Christ. Michael tells it much better, of course, but it was powerful enough to stick in my memory! Maureen December 28, 2005 - 12:26 pm This site has medieval recipes for wafers, and reminds us that waffles are also a form of wafer. Not to mention pizzelle. http://www.florilegium.org/files/FOOD-BREADS/wafers-msg.html It also points out that, even today, wafers are used for certain German cookies as a sort of edible parchment paper (to prevent burning). So my educated guess is that that’s what the commenter above was talking about. Oblaten cookies, available today, are supposed to be almost exactly like communion wafers. Wafer irons are also supposed to be available today from Scandinavian sources as krumkake or krumkakka irons. Ruth Anne December 28, 2005 - 7:55 pm I was taught that Jesus is priest, prophet and king and the three gifts, also useful for the flight to Egypt, signify his three characters: incense for priest, myrrh for prophet and gold for the king. Samuel J. Howard December 28, 2005 - 9:29 pm mmmm…waffles Teresa December 28, 2005 - 9:30 pm Ooh! I like Becky’s story and Ruth Anne’s symbolism. Thank you both! Danny Garland Jr. December 29, 2005 - 12:47 pm HA! That’s great! Christine (Rambling GOP Soccer Mom) December 29, 2005 - 2:02 pm Becky, What a wonderful story! I had always heard the same symbolism as Ruth Ann, and also that the myhr was indicitive of his burial, as well. Becky December 29, 2005 - 2:48 pm Glad folks liked Michael’s story. That might be a fun Epiphany activity, though, for family or youth group or some such – have a storytelling contest to tell what you think happened to the Magi’s gifts! You’d just need a little lead time to give people time to think up their stories… Theocoid December 30, 2005 - 12:02 pm “This site has medieval recipes for wafers, and reminds us that waffles are also a form of wafer.” I heard the same explanation on “Good Eats” last night. Comments are closed.