Wednesday, December 24, 2008

only 1 more sleep!!

Advent Calendar - December 24

Christmas Fact:
The magi brought the baby Jesus kingly gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
The sap of the frankincense tree (Boswellia carteri or Boswellia thurifera) dries into hard, yellowish brown lumps of bum resin known as frankincense. .... The English word “frankincense” comes from the Old French words franc encens, meaning pure or high-quality incense. Although it was most commonly used as incense in ancient times, frankincense was also prescribed as medicine.

The sap of the myrrh tree (Commiphora myrrha) dries into hard, reddish brown lumps of gum resin known as myrrh. It was used as a medicine and a component of perfume and incense.

– Encyclopedia of Christmas pp. 219 & 395


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