Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Christmas Story – Fiji


“May the sweet magic of Christmas fills your heart with love and the affection that spreads to those whom you love…”  Merry Christmas 2012. 

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Fiji Post issued a set of six stamps to celebrate Christmas 2001 which feature the Christmas Nativity story. The Christmas story is illustrated in according to the Fijian culture.

The 17c stamp represents The angel Gabriel said to Mary: 'Peace be with you! God has blessed you and is pleased with you.' Mary was very surprised by this and wondered what the angel meant.

The 34 c stamp represents  “In this poor place Mary gave birth to Jesus, the Son of God. In those days it was the custom to wrap newborn babies tightly in a long cloth called 'swaddling clothes'. Jesus' bed was the manger that the animals ate their hay from.”


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Many more angels appeared, lighting up the sky. The shepherds heard them praising God singing: 'Glory to God in highest, and peace to everyone on earth.'

The 48 c stamp represents “The shepherds went to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph. The baby Jesus was lying in a manger as angels had been told.”

The Wise Men followed the star towards Bethlehem (where it said that the king would be born in the old writings). It seemed to stop and shine directly down upon the place where Jesus was.

The  69c stamp represents “The Wise Men  found Jesus with Mary, they bowed down and worshipped him. The Wise Men spread the the gifts , gold, frankincense and myrrh.”



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When Herod realized that he had been tricked by the Wise Men, he was furious and he gave orders to kill all the boys aged two or younger in Bethlehem and the surrounding area. This was to try and kill the new King, as his plan to find the location of the new king from the Wise Men had failed.

After Herod had died, Joseph had another dream in which an angel appeared to him. The angel said, 'Get up, take Jesus and Mary and go back to Israel, for those who were trying kill Jesus are dead.'

The 89c stamp represents “Joseph, Mary and Jesus is going to back to Israel.”

So Joseph got up, took Jesus and Mary and they went back to Israel. But when Joseph heard that Herod's son was now king of Judea, he was afraid to go there. So instead they went to Galilee, and lived in their old town of Nazareth.

The $2 stamp represents “Jesus has been grown as normal child like us in the old town of Nazareth”.



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