Like a Diamond in the Sky

by Catherine L. Osornio

“Twinkle, twinkle, little ____.”

Did you fill in the missing word of this famous tune? A star is what God put in the sky when Jesus was born, announcing that God’s Son had come to Earth.

When a group of wise men saw the special star, they knew what it meant! They packed expensive gifts and traveled a long way to find and worship the newborn King.

After that special star shone in the sky, people around the world began to use stars to celebrate Christmas and remember Jesus’ birth.

In Romania, people make a steaua or star and carry it on a long pole. They decorate it with colored papers and may put a small light inside. The star also has small bells attached, and children jingle them as they walk from house to house, singing Christmas songs.

Members of the Orthodox Church in Alaska go starring or caroling. The leader carries a wooden star while those behind sing songs in English, Russian and native Alaskan languages.

In the Philippines, parols or star lanterns are displayed. Once made with bamboo, these brightly lit parols are now made form all sorts of materials in many colors, shapes and sizes.

Sweden has Star Boys, who come out on Epiphany Day in early January to celebrate the wise men’s visit to Jesus. These Star Boys wear white robes with cone hats and carry star-shaped paper lanterns on long poles.

In Poland, families wait for the Gwiazdka or first star to appear on Christmas Eve. Then they have a big dinner, since Advent, the four weeks before Christmas, is complete. After the meal, Star Boys dressed in costumes carry a lit star and sing songs.

You can shine like a star, too, when you help announce the birth of Jesus to the world! Do you know why God sent His only Son, Jesus, to be born on Earth? Jesus came to show how God loves us, and Jesus even died to pay for the bad things we do.

Acts 16:31 says: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (NIV).

If you believe Jesus died for your sins and ask Him to be the King of your life, you’ll be part of His family. Now go and shine!

This article originally appeared in the December 2009 issue of Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. magazine. Copyright © 2009 by Catherine L. Osornio. Photo © Susanne Nilsson/Flickr.com; used under Creative Commons license.