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Happy Christmas to readers of The Umbrella Organisation!
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Wishing all readers of The Umbrella Organisation a very Happy Christmas. Best wishes for a happy, healthy & successful 2014.

Edward_Burne-Jones_Star_of_Bethlehem
Photo credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Edward_Burne-Jones_Star_of_Bethlehem.jpg

Artist: Edward Burne-Jones (1833–1898)
Title: The Star of Bethlehem
Date: 1890
Current location: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK


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The Star of Bethlehem
The Star of Bethlehem is a painting in watercolour by Sir Edward Burne-Jones depicting the Adoration of the Magi with an angel holding the star of Bethlehem. It was commissioned by the Corporation of the City of Birmingham for its new Museum and Art Gallery in 1887, two years after Burne-Jones was elected Honorary President of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. At 101 1/8 x 152 inches, The Star of Bethlehem was the largest watercolour of the 19th century. It was completed in 1890 and was first exhibited in 1891.

Once In Royal David's City

Once in royal David's city,
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her baby
In a manger for His bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little child.

He came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall;
With the poor and meek and lowly,
Lived on earth our Savior holy.

And through all
His wondrous childhood,
He would honour and obey,
Love and watch the lowly maiden,
In whose gentle arms He lay.
Christian children all must be,
Mild, obedient, good as He.

For He is our childhood's pattern,
Day by day like us He grew,
He was little, weak, and helpless,
Tears and smiles like us He knew,
And He feeleth for our sadness,
And He shareth in our gladness.

And our eyes at last shall see Him,
Through His own redeeming love;
For that child so dear and gentle,
Is our Lord in heaven above,
And He leads His children on,
To the place where He is gone.

Not in that poor lowly stable,
With the oxen standing by,
We shall see Him, but in heaven,
Set at God's right hand on high;
When like stars
His children crowned,
All in white shall wait around.

- Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895)


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Once in Royal David's City

Once In Royal David's City is a Christmas carol originally written as a poem by Cecil Frances Alexander. The carol was first published in 1848 in Miss Cecil Humphreys' hymnbook Hymns for little Children. A year later, the English organist Henry John Gauntlett discovered the poem and set it to music.

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Thank you and festive greetings to you too! Enjoy your Christmas celebrations and let's look forward to a very Sherlocky New Year. :-)

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