Post Mortem

To Argue on a Christmas Star

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/12/2020 1:04:22 PM IST

 This is no field of mine and I may not look into it a second time also but it does put one in a tricky funny situation! It’s Christmas time and everybody is happily, busily putting up Christmas stars. This piece is not on how this tradition came about, we will not go into its history. What I have here is a point we have witnessed a lot over time.  Who could have imagined that putting up a Christmas star could generate such fuss! No sooner had I put it up there, looking at it admiringly and prayerfully, giving it the finishing touches…  then a barrage of views far and near flooded in –  that my star looks like and only represents  goat horns, cow horns, buffalo horns, mithun horns…all the horns in the world! My star, I thought will bring in blessing but suddenly it has turned into a curse. I looked up at the night sky and tried to figure out the exact shape and position of the stars up there – it did not help. Do we have a photo of the star that came to the Magi? I checked; it did not help. 

Is it important to position your Christmas star in so and so shape and so and so position when you put it up? What is the right position? My neighbour has the answer. He pointed to his star and beamed that his is the right position: the horns should not point up and look like a goat, you know! Horns? Goats? I said my star is no goat, it has no horns, it’s just the way it ends, the pointed edges! He persevered, so I told him his star is also a goat looking sideways, now leaning right, now leaning left! Ha, his star is a moving, restless goat!

He stuck to his point. I told the world my star is a star and there is no goat, no horns, no hidden meaning, no symbolism to turn blessing into curse. Forces big and small took our argument to the very beginning, the Creation! The star was created first; the goat, the horns came later – so by Pythagoras theorem, it is the goat imitating the star, not the star imitating the goat. The goat must change its position, not my star!

Why do people make such a fuss of such a thing? Were we only putting up goats and horns all these years? I think not. I am proof that we are blessed irrespective of the star’s position! So tarry not with the positioning and crazy opinions of your Christmas stars. Go out, feel free, and put up your Christmas stars as only you can put up best – it is your star! And may God bless you abundantly with the peace of His Son as He is born! Merry Christmas!

Rain Vakha, Seitheke Basa, Dimapur

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