It's the 12th day of Christmas and the leaping lords in this story may have leapt from their camels or donkeys when they finally pulled up in front of the home of baby Jesus.
There are a number of guesses as to where Mary and Joseph were living at this time and how old Jesus was when these guests came to call.
I expect they found a modest place in Bethlehem which still was a step up from a stable. And depending on when the Magi saw the star and began their journey, it's possible Jesus could be nearly two years old.
That hypothesis is because Herod wasn't happy with his exalted guests did after their Jerusalem detour on the way to the real King's house.
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod,Magi from the east came to Jerusalem2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. Matthew 2: 1 - 12
The road trips continued when the exalted guests headed home. Herod ordered all boys two years and younger in Bethlehem killed because he was afraid of potential rivals, and Joseph took his family away to Egypt where they lived until Herod died.
And we sometimes think we travel a lot at Christmas time?
The magi, like the shepherds, heard the good news and responded.