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           Of all the holidays, Joshua William Durbin, age 3, of White Plains, New York,
liked Christmas the best.  Mom and Dad exchanged presents with Joshua and told
Christmas stories about the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.
      The star on top of the Christmas tree reminded Joshua of the one that guided the
three Wise Men to the Christ Child.

      Gazing at the manger scene near the Christmas tree, Joshua thought about following
the star with the three Wise Men.  Suddenly, a voice called his name.
      "Joshua, come with us and follow the star!" said one of the Wise Men.  "You may ride
with our caravan on this little donkey."
      Joshua quickly dressed in traveling clothes and joined the caravan.  The bright star
shone a silver path in the night.
      After riding a long way, they arrived in Jerusalem.  King Herod commanded his
servants to bring them to the palace.

      The Wise Men told Herod they were following the bright star to find Baby Jesus.
      The king said, "When you find the Child, return and tell me where He lives so I may
also worship Him."
      Joshua remembered Mom and Dad saying that Herod was afraid Jesus would one
day be king, and that Herod really planned to destroy Baby Jesus.

      "I must tell the Wise Men about what Herod intends to do," Joshua thought.
      After the caravan left the palace, he explained Herod's evil plan to the Wise Men.
      "That scoundrel!  In that case, we won't tell anyone where to find the Child," said one
Wise Man.
      "Jesus will be safe, thanks to Joshua," added another.

      The caravan continued its long journey.  The bright star guided the travelers like a
beacon of light.
      "Mom and Dad would enjoy this wonderful journey," thought Joshua.
      Finally, the bright ray of light pointed to the small town of Bethlehem.  Sheep, horses
and cows silently welcomed the caravan.

      Joseph opened the door and invited the travelers inside.
      "Welcome, Joshua.  You have journeyed from a distant land," said Joseph.
      The Wise Men entered and bowed low before Mary and Baby Jesus.  They
presented costly gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Joshua crept close to Jesus and
His mother, Mary.

      Jesus was making little baby sounds while his mother hummed a lullaby.
      "I wish Mom and Dad were here to feel God's love," Joshua said.
      Mary smiled at Joshua and said, "You can always feel God's love if you keep Him
close to your heart."

      The glow of light around the Holy Family became soft and golden.  Jesus slept
soundly in his mother's arms.  Joshua also felt sleepy.
      Finally, a Wise Man gently lifted Joshua onto the little donkey that waited in the
Bethlehem night.  He quickly fell to sleep during the long ride home.

      The Wise Man whispered, "Farewell, child.  We have brought you home to White
Plains, New York
      Joshua could see that the manger scene near the Christmas tree had changed.  The
three Wise Men had presented their costly gifts, and the little donkey stood nearby.  But
Baby Jesus was no longer just lying in the manger.  Now, Joshua held Jesus close to his

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