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Tomorrow... ¡Los Reyes Magos! (The Three Kings, The Three Wise Men)

Well, I had to tell you about this, as it will happen tomorrow. It exactly happens every 5th January night.

We all go to bed and the following day... Surprise! The three kings from East came home during the night and left us some presents!

But, wait. There are presents for all those kids who were good sons and daughters during the year. If you didn't you will receive... coal!

And now, seriously, just some words about this Catholic custom. We, parents, go crazy trying to buy some presents for our sons, daughters, nieces, grandsons, granddaughters.. And also for our parents, brothers, sisters, you know! For everybody.

This is the last Christmas celebration in Spain, and the following day, to school! That is, here students start their vacation from 22th December until 7th January. No bad! Isn't it?

So if you have been good, you'll receive some presents next 6th in the morning!

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JustMe wrote on January 4, 2015, 5:05 PM

I still have my nativity scene out. I live right on the border with Mexico and on Jan. 6th, which is Dia de Reyes, we eat a cake called a rosca. There are usually 2 or 3 little baby Jesus figurines baked in the cake and, if you get one, you have to treat everyone to some food on February 2nd., that's el Dia de la Candelaria. It's usually tamales, bunuelos or pan dulce with hot chocolate. It's a Mexican tradition that has crossed over to the United States, at least in the border states.

maramadalina wrote on January 4, 2015, 5:07 PM

I was a good girl and I want those three kings to come to me with some presents. emoticon :winking: I think it is a very nice tradition.

scheng1 wrote on January 5, 2015, 8:40 AM

I think the shop owners will be very happy with the sales.

Angeles wrote on January 5, 2015, 11:04 AM

So interesting! We also have here some kind of "rosco" called "roscón de reyes" which contains a small figure. If the piece of roscon you are eating contains that figure, you have to pay for the roscon everybody is eating. It is quite similar to yout rosco tradition!

Angeles wrote on January 5, 2015, 11:21 AM

Thanks, I also think so. It's wonderful to see little kids' eyes full of illusion! So if you have been a good girl, sure you'll get your gifts! 😉

Angeles wrote on January 5, 2015, 11:37 AM

Oh, yes, you can be sure!! I have spent some time this morning buying some last-minute presents and they will have a lot of money when all this is over!

Vivenda wrote on January 5, 2015, 1:39 PM

In the UK, we are meant to take down all Christmas decorations on 6 January, as it is the "12th day of Christmas". It's reckoned to be bad luck to leave them up longer than that!

nbaquero wrote on January 5, 2015, 1:41 PM

Angeles The Dia de Reyes marks the end of the Holiday Season in my country, but kids receive their presents on Christmas Eve, so our last minute shopping is done on December 23rd emoticon :winking: I learned about how big the Dia de Reyes celebration is in Spain reading an encyclopedia called "Dime" [Tell me], from Argos Publishing, back in the 70s.

nbaquero wrote on January 5, 2015, 2:02 PM

Angeles forgot to wish you a Happy Three Kings Day