Myrrh Christmas Garland and the Funereal Wise Man

One guess for which season this long piece of sparklies is for . . . The Myrrh Christmas Garland is a long (40 inches, a.k.a. three feet plus) strand of jewelry for the Christmas tree. On a twelve inch table top tree, it wraps two and a half times around. For display we like to arrange the red Myrrh Garland around a white tree. The red pops out like cranberries in the snow.

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There is some serious glimmering involved;  red faceted-glass drops, long sterling silver tubes, Czech firepolished glass and crimson-colored Swarovski crystals.  There are silver-plated toggle clasps on either end so several strands can be hooked together for a larger tree.
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Now here’s the big question -why did we name it the Myrrh Christmas Garland?  Absolutely elementary (or at least junior high).  Listen and learn, chickadees. 

Myrrh is one of the gifts brought to the manger scene.  I’ve always pictured the myrrh-toting fellow as a tall thin man with brooding eyes and a small pointed black beard.  His fingers are very long and he clutches far too tightly the gilded box he carries.  He is arthritic so the long trip is not without pain.  Inside the box he guards a valuable red brown incense used for funerals of the wealthy to mask the smell of the decaying corpse. 

The scent of myrrh would have stirred somber memories for the people of biblical times.  As one of the gifts at the nativity, it represented the idea that Christ was born in order to die. 

Red berries in the tree also often symbolizes the drops of Christ’s blood shed during the Crucifixion. 

Heavy duty symbolism.  It all ties into one long strand with which to adorn the Christmas tree . . . in the midst of life we are in death.

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