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Three Kings Day
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Patria / PR    Posted 01-06-2003 at 06:39:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello everyone!

The Holiday season in PR is not over until The Three Kings arrive.

That takes place on January 6, the day that, according to the biblical story, three wise men bearing gifts for baby Jesus followed a star to his manger.

Country folks in PR [including my dad ] will receive in their homes family and friends. We'll have live country music, lots of food and drinks and presents for the small kids.

I'm cooking right now 'ensalada de coditos' or elbow noddle salad to bring for the gathering.

I was just wondering...do any of you celebrate or observe in any way the Three Kings Day??

Take Care
Patria

PS: Please, take notice that this post is not intended to start a controversial issue about boundaries withing any specific religion or believe. Thanks


Ana    Posted 01-06-2003 at 15:52:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
What fun! Thanks for sharing your traditions with us. We lived for a while in a small town in the mountains of Kentucky, and thank goodness the neighbors warned us of their tradition. On that day (yes, Jan 6), you are required to give a quarter to the first boy (has to be a boy, not a girl) that came to your door and said, "Happy New Year." You give the quarter and say, "God loves you." It was supposed to be good luck for both of you.


Chuck, WA    Posted 01-06-2003 at 15:39:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Epiphany...not sure I spelled it right though or Kings Day is traditionally the day the kings arrived and gave gifts to the baby Jesus. While the kids were still around, we concentrated our gift giving before Christmas on St. Nicholas Day, and after on Epiphany.

We gave small gifts on St. Nicholas Day to commemorate St. Nicholas anonymously giving gifts to the children of his town and celebrated with a party and certain traditions. We opened gifts from outside our immediate family on Christmas and also our stockings (stocking stuffers). Then on Epiphany, just within the immediate family, exhcanged more substantial gifts.

On Epiphany, we took turns taking a gift from under the tree that we had for another person, giving it to them individually with a hug and some form of the statement..."The kings brought gifts to the baby Jesus and in giving them, expressed their love. I give you this gift because I love you." Variations were spontaneous and creative, but expressed the same. These gifts were opened one at a time with all watching, often with the giver sitting in the lap of the recipient.

This allowed us to keep Christmas day as the birthday of Jesus, rather than get wrapped up in Santa and presents under the tree. It also allowed us to focus on our oldest daughter's birthday on 23 Dec without it simply running into and getting lost in the Christmas celebration.


Old Sarge    Posted 01-06-2003 at 07:19:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
There are lots of people that celebrate that night all over the world.

In ther US the Amish, Mennonites, Dunkers, Brethetren all call it "Twelfth Night". This is the holiday for them that traditionally gifts are exchanged. They have quite a gathering of family and friends on that day. Miz Sarge and I have to go about 50 miles today, as we have been invited to a gathering. This is the family that we took the Patriarch to Canada 4 years ago to see a Doctor. Total miles 3,000+ before we got back.

We have been to several of their childrens weddings also and we have a couple more to go.


Cowgirlj    Posted 01-06-2003 at 07:03:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Patria! How ya doing! That sounds like a wonderful holiday celebration!!! And live country music too. Sure wish I was joining you! One of these days, we might just show up your doorstep, looking for shelter....heehe!
J


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