The original post of mine that this is adapted from can be found here:
Happy Three King’s Day!
¡Feliz Día de Los Tres Reyes Magos!
On the feast of the Epiphany, Christians celebrate the manifestation of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. Traditionally, it is also celebrated as the day the Three Kings/3 Wise Men (Los Tres Reyes Magos) were to have visited the baby Jesus bearing him gifts. In Puerto Rico, this giving of gifts is celebrated on January 6. Children cut grass on January 5th and put it in a box under their bed,
sometimes with a glass/bowl of water for the Kings and their camels. The next morning, the grass and water would go missing since the camels would have eaten it during the Kings’ visit. If a child is good for the past year he/she will receive candies, sweets or toys. If the child was misbehaved or naughty he would instead find a lump of dirt or pebbles in his/her box.
As a child, I thought this was the coolest thing ever. KINGS (as in rich, wise guys who rule over stuff and actually met Jesus), NOT a creepy guy who’s always
watching – always – would come and give me gifts. There were three of them. Added bonus, THEY HAVE CAMELS!!!
Camels! Like the ones at the circus and that I had gotten to ride with my parents at the local fair! Plus, they were in my house! Rich, smart guys with camels and who ruled countries thought I was good enough to visit! Besides, any rocks left behind if I was bad might actually be camel poop and I would have the best show-and-tell item of the week! (That is actually a story for another blog post.)
I wish everyone a very happy Three King’s Day and hope that you get some wonderful gifts for the new year even if they aren’t physical ones like camel poop you can show off to your classmates or coworkers as proof of monarchical visitations during the night.