Last night was Twelfth Night, the eve of the last day of the Christmas season. It also signals the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas plus the arrival of Los Reyes, the Three Wise Men, bringing gifts to the baby Jesus.
I woke up this morning to see the gifts waiting there. Some small gifts to celebrate Los Reyes Mago, also known as the Feast of the Epiphany.
In many Latin countries, Los Reyes are done up in big fashion, with parades or fireworks such as these in Madrid on Twelfth Night (called the Cabalgata de los Reyes). If you can’t see the video below, you can cut and past this link to watch: http://youtu.be/x9WS3c85IVM
Los Reyes bring small gifts and toys much like they would have brought gifts for the baby Jesus. In my house, my parents would leave little gifts near the fireplace and my sister and I would leave carrots and other vegetables for the camels to eat. One year my sister woke up the entire house because she had heard the camels on the rooftop and had seen one of them looking in through the window!
We still keep this tradition in my household and when I get home tonight from work, we’ll open up the little gifts that Los Reyes have brought.
How about you? Do you celebrate the coming of the Three Wise Men? Do you have a special tradition that you do on Christmas Eve or through the 12 Days of Christmas until the Epiphany?