The Star


After hearing the king, they went their way. The star led them to the east.which they had seen in the east. They stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.

After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.…

Christmas has almost arrived. Like the Magi, we are led by the fascination of the spirit. In symbol we give gifts to those we love and appreciate. Gifts come in many forms even the gift of a card declaring our wish for a happy season. We work tirelessly leading up to the big day to prepare so that Christmas will be magical. The children are off of school, everyone is home, we play, we joke, we eat and we celebrate.

Everyone travels to be together remembering the past, sharing stories of the present and dreams of what the upcoming year. In yuletide we come together creating memories that become who we are and what we value. Christmas has alway been a festival for our family. My wife and I wanted our son to remember the same experiences of the holiday’s that we did growing up.

As our lives are complicated with health, work and school, it causes me to think we should simplify our holidays. The past several years, I have said, “We should make things easier this year?” “Lets skip putting up so many decorations, maybe not put lights outside or cut down on the baking.” My 17-year-old son says, “Oh, no way Dad, that is our tradition. “It is our way of celebrating and making Christmas.” He then starts bringing up the boxes and hauling the outside lights from the attic, to make our home the one he hopefully remembers for the rest of his life.

I simply nod and say, “That’s great son, let’s make the best Christmas this year.

There is never a way to argue with spirit so passionate and true.

So like the star shining over of the manger, the brightness of the Christmas shines over our home another year.


Published by John Chianelli, Writer

I am second. I will share my experiences, as a child of God, husband to Daniel, father, best friend, brother, son, leader, professor, writer and photographer. My intention for this blog is to be random, with no plan, no list, no direction and no expectations. Very different from how I lived my past life. My journey has been blessed by the mercy and grace of God and unwavering love. I hope you enjoy reading and sharing my experiences of hurts, laughter, discovery, friendships, Christ, and my family. Temenos is a safe circle where you can be yourself with peace of mind. Temenos originates from a Greek word which refers to a universal instinct to create a protected, safe space in which to heal, restore and regenerate yourself. My temenos circle is a place to be still and seek Jesus. It becomes my place to pray, reflect in the word of our Lord to shrink, grow in him, and heal my soul. What is your temenos circle? By: John Chianelli ©John Chianelli and Temenos Circle. 2016-2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog's author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided the full and clear credit is given to John Chianelli and Temenos Circle with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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