Friday, January 6, 2012

The Three Wise Men in Spain, and I'm in USA!

Hey everyone! Even though nowadays we also have Santa Claus coming to my country (who is known as Papá Noel), children there get their presents traditionally from the Three Wise Men the morning of the 6th of January. We call them "Reyes Magos", which literally means "Magic Kings." Their names are Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar.

The way it works is very similar to Santa Claus here. The main streets of every city get crowded on the evening of the 5th of July to receive the Three Wisemen. Every city organizes big parades with music, customs, dancers... and the Wise Men arrive and pick up all the letters from the children.

That night, children have to go to bed early. Before that, they leave some food (like cookies or sweets) and water (for the camels the Wise Men travel with) under the Christmas tree. It is also a tradition to leave a pair of shoes of each person in the house, so that they know how many presents they need. The next morning, the 6th of January, children wake up and find all the presents waiting to be open.

This is something that reminds me of my childhood a lot. We did something different in my family, though. The three Wise Men actually came to the house! Don't ask me how, because I won't tell you. But they came and gave the presents in person to all the kids (and we were a lot of kids in my family.) The only sad thing about it, is that my father and two of my uncles never made it to that moment! They would coincidentally leave the house about half hour before the three Wise Men arrived and wouldn't come back til half hour after they were gone... I still haven't figured out where they went every year!

Well, I didn't find anything under my tree this morning. There are two possible reasons. The first one is that I have been a bad boy. Even though, it is said that in that case, the three Wise Men will bring you coal! Or the other reason could be that since the economy is doing pretty bad nowadays, they couldn't afford a flight to New York. Anyways, my mother told me I got something back home. I guess I'll have to wait for summer to enjoy it!

I hope you guys had a good first week of school and see you soon!

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