Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Instead of following the star in the east… December 21, 2012


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The holiday window display at The Crafty Maven, 212 Central Avenue, Faribault.

The holiday window display at The Crafty Maven, 212 Central Avenue, in historic downtown Faribault.

They are “The Three Wise Women,” you know, the women who could have altered the biblical account of the three wise men traveling to Bethlehem to see the Christ Child.

Sometimes it’s fun to ponder what may have been.

Copyright 2012 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


18 Responses to “Instead of following the star in the east…”

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      The two sisters who run/own The Crafty Maven, and their sister who runs the next-door flooring store along with her husband, are always so creative.

  1. treadlemusic Says:

    Beautiful imagery but I am thankful that the Lord had His way on this one! (smile)…Beautiful sunny morning. DH out plowing at the moment….brrrrrrrrr!!

  2. Jackie Says:

    This just cracked me up…..ahhhhhhh haaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  3. Clyde of Mankato Says:

    No story in the Bible is as messed up in popular awareness as the visit of the unknown number of some type of males from somewhere in the east some while after the birth of Jesus.

  4. Brenda N Says:

    Hmmm. If I was asked, “What is your least favorite Christmas quote?” This would be it. There was no mistake or bad timing involved in the timing of Jesus’ birth. Everything happened as it should have and when it should have. I think the expensive gifts were just the right gift to give to a young family who were going to flee for their lives from a tyrannical ruler to Egypt. All the details show that God was in control and knew exactly what was going to happen and what was needed. Contrary to what this quote says, God is smarter than all of us.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Totally agree with you, Brenda, that God is in control and smarter than all of us and that nothing about the birth of Christ was anything but what it should have been.

      That all said, I saw the humor in this window display and that is how it was meant to be presented in this post.

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

      • Brenda N Says:

        That’s true the display is beautiful and well done. I guess I have seen this quote a few times too many and hopped on my soapbox.
        Thank you for your gracious response. I love what you share about life in Minnesota. It reminds me of home. Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        Brenda, your thoughts are always welcome. Apparently I have not seen this quote as often as you, but can totally understand your viewpoint.

        Thank you for your kind words about Minnesota Prairie Roots. I appreciate each and every reader and wish you a most blessed Christmas and New Year!

  5. Ha! – love it! Happy Holidays – Take Care:)

  6. Hotly Spiced Says:

    I’ve read that before and it is very funny. Wishing you and your family a very blessed Christmas, Audrey xx

  7. Dear Audrey,
    Thank you for posting the lovely pictures of our window display. We had lots of fun creating “Larry” the camel and dressing the three wise women. The display was created in humor, but also to recognize the hardworking, wise business women of downtown Faribault and to honor the gift of love and friendhip between the three wise women of The Crafty Maven. Thanks, again for sharing the photos!
    Christmas Blessings to you and yours!
    Beth, Dee, and Michelle

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Dear Three Wise Women of The Crafty Maven,

      You are most welcome. I always enjoy seeing what you will create for your holiday display. I know it’s always going to be quite creative.

      Thanks for explaining all of the reasons behind this particular display. It made me smile.

      A most blessed Christmas to you and yours, too!

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