|Sofia Maria, on her birth day|
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Today the world celebrates the wonderful feast of los Tres Santos Reyes, a feast that is very dear to my heart--and that I hope to write more about, soon!
For now, from last year's blog:
On the eve of the día de los Reyes, my brother and I would fill a shoe box with grass and a container with water and set it under the Christmas tree for the camels that would bring the Magi to our home that night. In the morning, the grass and water were gone, and in their place we would have gifts, just as the Magi brought gifts to Jesus in Bethlehem.
In Hispanic countries throughout the world, in fact, January 6 is the day that children receive their Christmas gifts, in commemoration of the Magi's visit.
In our own blended family (Cuban and Texan!), Michael and I seriously considered making January 6 our family's sole day for receiving gifts. Ultimately we opted to join in the Santa tradition of December 25, and in addition, to pass on the Puerto Rican style Epiphany celebration--with shoe box and grass, gifts, a special Epiphany meal, and of course, the traditional song de los tres Santos Reyes [to read more, click here!]
|the 3 kings (including the turtle added by my children) |
finally made their way across our living room to our crèche today!