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A Garland of Frankincense and the Hearty King

WARNING:  The is a Glintlit flight of fancy.  For any basis in reality, click on the links. . .

The third wiseman, let’s call him Frank, a progenitor of the Frankish kings, was short, robust, and with a ruddy complexion topped with a thatch of blonde hair.  He was a hearty hale-thee-well fellow whom everybody liked.  Descendants of his race became the Germanic barbarians, but he was relatively cultured (and even more widely traveled) in comparison.  He carried the frankincense like a modern football, much to the disapproval of his traveling companions in light of how valuable the incense was, as valuable as any precious gem of equal weight.  Made from the resin of Boswellia trees in Arabia, India and Ethiopia, it wasn’t called “frankincense” until reintroduced to Europe by the Frankish crusaders a thousand years later. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

This expensive incense, presented as a gift at his birth, signified Christ’s upcoming role as a priest.  It smelled sweet and was often burnt in sacrifices in the temples.  By adding salt, the smoke becomes a pure white.  The incense itself, as would have been presented at the nativity, is a gold brown color.

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It’s this color that inspired the name for Glintlit’s Frankincense Christmas Garland.  Warm honey-toned beads of glass, gold-plate and Swarovski crystals create an elegant draped accent for the Christmas tree. 

A not so trivial bit of trivia from www.Glintlit.com

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