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A TAFA Christmas: We Three Kings

John Henry Hopkins, Jr.“We Three Kings” is an all-time Christmas favorite song, written by John Henry Hopkins, Jr., an American composer and Episcopal clergyman. He wrote the song in 1857 as part of a Christmas pageant, but it did not appear in print until 1863.

Enjoy this wonderful claymation video featuring the song sung by the three kings and their camels. Super cute!

Scroll down to see the lyrics, illustrated by work of our TAFA members and sing along. Click on the images to learn more about them through their profiles on TAFA.

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Amie Starchuk Textile Artist

Amie Starchuk Textile Artist

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.

Angel Fire Designs

Angel Fire Designs

Karen Henderson

Karen Henderson

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect Light.

Kalahari Quilts

Kalahari Quilts

Born a king on Bethlehem’s plain,
Gold I bring to crown Him again,
King forever, ceasing never
Over us all to reign.

Afghan Tribal Arts

Afghan Tribal Arts

MegWeaves

MegWeaves

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect Light.

Ann Harwell Art

Ann Harwell Art

Frankincense to offer have I.
Incense owns a Deity nigh.
Prayer and praising all men raising,
Worship Him, God on high.

Maiwa Handprints

Maiwa Handprints

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect Light.

Terry Aske Art Quilts

Terry Aske Art Quilts

Colin's Creatures

Colin’s Creatures

Myrrh is mine: it’s bitter perfume
Breaths a life of gathering gloom.
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding dying,
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb.

Donna Kallner Fiber Art

Donna Kallner Fiber Art

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect Light.

Deanne Fitzpatrick Studio

Deanne Fitzpatrick Studio

Glorious now behold Him arise,
King and God and Sacrifice.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Sounds through the earth and skies.

Allison Svoboda

Allison Svoboda

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect Light

Bazaar Bayar

Bazaar Bayar

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and Holiday!

About

I've been working with the arts and craft world in many capacities since 1988. Handmade textiles have been my core focus since launching TAFA in 2010.

My hope is to contribute to the economic development potential the arts bring to the world, along with the intrinsic beauty shown in the work. May the world become a friendlier place for artists and nature!

Arrived in Kentucky after a childhood in Brazil, college in Minnesota and 20 years in Chicago. It's been a ride!

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    Wonderful post highlighting the talented members of this group! Especially delightful to us since the Three Kings, or Magi, are believed to be priests of the Medes, the likely ancestors of the Kurds. Merry Christmas!

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