Tradition has it that three kings visited the baby Jesus in Bethlehem, but actually, the Bible doesn't give a number and nor does it specifically refer to them as kings; rather as magi (wise men). I suppose that we settled on three because there were three gifts.
However many there really were, three is the number that usually appears on Christmas cards and in the carols, decorations and nativity scenes.
My friend, Sacristan, has these three beautiful brass kings which he displays around the bottom of his Christmas tree. I had a very enjoyable time helping him to unpack the decorations and dress his tree yesterday evening.
Do you see the kings journeying round the base?
Plus, of course, the star at the top!
I'm linking in this K post to Alphabe-Thursday over at Jenny Matlock's. Do take a look at the other contributions. There is always good quality and fun.