THE THREE WISE MEN

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On 5th January Spain celebrates the end of Christmas with a great party where everybody gives and receives presents. It is to celebrate the arrival of the Three Wise Men Melchior Gaspar and Balthazar – to the city where Jesus was born. In the same way that the Three Wise Men gave gifts to baby Christ, here they share out presents amongst children around Spain – in fact; they are more popular than Santa Claus. There are lots of processions (parades)  of the Three Wise Men in each city, the children go along with their parents to see the kings and receive sweets from them.

 Before going to sleep, children put some milk and biscuits next to the Christmas tree for the Three Kings and some water for their camels. They also leave out their best pair of shoes to be filled with presents. On the next day, 6th  January children wake up and see how many presents they have received. If they have been good, they will find a lot of good presents but if they have been naughty they will find coal. These days, the coal is actually made of sugar, but some years ago it was real coal. During this day, all families enjoy a piece of roscon (a sugar-frosted fruit-filled bread) for breakfast tradition says that the person who finds a novelty such as a coin, in his or her portion will have good luck for the next year. Both young and old enjoy opening their presents on this day, but sadly it also marks the end of Christmas.

SANTA CLAUS OR THE THREE WISE MEN? WHAT IS YOUR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY TRADITION?

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Posted on January 5, 2013, in BITS & PIECES. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Always, The Three Wise Men , when I was young, I was only five, before going to sleep I put some turron for The Wise Man Balthazar and some garrofas for their camel.
    I was very afraid, jajaja, ten minutes later my father knocked on the door, who dressed as Balthazar´s King, I sang a song to The King and then kissed their hand.

    It was a very nice time. 🙂 🙂

    See you next week dear Carmen.

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  2. CARMEN ROZALEN

    HI CARMEN,

    I PREFER THE THREE WISE MEN, IS MORE SPANISH AND WHEN I WAS CHILD I WAS ABSOLUTELY DELIGHT WITH RECEIVED PRESENTS OF THE THREE WISE MEN. I ALWAYS WOKE UP BEFORE THAT MY SISTER OR MY PARENTS AND I RAN UNTIL DINING ROOM AND THERE WERE ALL THE PRESENTS, IT WAS FASTASTIC!

    SEE YOU ON MONDAY!

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  3. I think Three Wise Men holiday is the Christmas holiday tradition in Spain. I prefer the Three Kings to Santa Claus.
    When I was a child Santa Claus only existed in the American films. Later, little by little, with the implementation of the big commercial centers in the main cities of Spain, Santa Claus was in every center and quickly was important to increase sales, so all shops were happy with Santa Claus Holiday.
    Conclusion, I think Santa Claus is only a commercial holiday in Spain and The Three Wise Men Holiday is a popular and centenary tradition, although nowadays it’s a commercial holiday too.
    Happy Epiphany!
    Now I’m going to the parade. I’m going to play with a friend the role of the camel of Balthazar King. (you know, the crisis )

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