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A Star, A Star

I heard that for only $54.00 you can name a star. Phhfft! I can name any star I want for free. For that matter, I can brand anything I want in the sky. Hey, Helga, howzit hangin? I say to a cloud. Lookin’ fine, Fritz, I tell a pigeon. Me and everything in the sky are on a first name basis and who’s to say it’s any different?

One year for Christmas I gave stars for friend-and-neighbor gifts. I created a very authentic-looking deed on my computer, made up the coordinates, and wha-lah… coolest gift ever!

I assumed everyone would know it wasn’t a serious deed to a star, so I was surprised to hear that people were actually impressed. Wow, can you believe the gift the Winegars gave everyone? It must have cost them a fortune!

One neighbor dropped off a reciprocal cookie-plate one evening and mentioned that they were planning to buy a telescope so they could look at their star.

“Oh you don’t need to buy a telescope,” I said, “Let me show you which one is yours.” I pointed straight up to a prominent star. “See that one? That’s yours.” He was very grateful.

People are so gullible. In January I sent each of my star owners a Property Tax Notice. It looked quite authentic with the body-mass measurements and coordinates. The notification instructed them where to make payment, and the address just happened to be my own. One clueless soul actually made out a check in the amount of $124.73. I should have cashed it just to teach a lesson, but instead I chose to embarrass and humiliate them by clarifying that it was a hoax. Wow. Really people?

How anyone can think they have entitlement to a star is beyond me. It takes a lot of gall. If someone were to maybe homestead a star, I’d feel they might have a justifiable right. Star-squatting. For now, however, you have my permission (not that you need it) to Claim and Name anything in the sky.

On a very amateur level, I’ve always been fascinated by the stars, and especially the constellations. I marvel at their constant movement in precisely the same position.

When the Magi or Wisemen of old first spotted a brilliant star in the heavens, they must have been flabbergasted. A new star? That was something you didn’t see every night. It had significance beyond anything in their lives so far, and they were compelled to follow in the direction of that unnamed star.

It must have been a great phenomenon that the star held steady in the east, not moving them in a different direction every hour like the other stars would have done, had they chosen to follow one of them. It makes my head swim to think how many routes there would be to follow.

Following any star can lead one to travel in circles. Even now there is only One that holds steady. The One Creator of all of the stars, named and unnamed, is the center of this season.

May your Christmas this year be filled with the wonder of the heavens. Just don’t be deceived by charlatans selling or giving away stars. ​

Original Airbrush Painting

By Gail Winegar