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I am a children's writer from the Virgin Islands. Growing up there was like living inside a history book; an imagination stimulator. Consequently I've been writing for just about forever. I am a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and a member of SCBWI.

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I post on Monday and Thursday with an occasional random blog thrown in for good measure. I do my best to answer all comments via email and visit around on the days I post.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Three Kings Day

This is the day when we should give and receive presents. After all church traditions have given this, the twelfth day of Christmas to the Magi, the Three Kings, who brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ Child.
Schut Adoration of the Magi\
In Puerto Rico, when my mother was growing up, on each of the twelve days the children got a present.  Each day the gift got a little more expensive or elaborate. On the night of the fifth they put straw and water under or at the foot of their beds so the Wise Men would have something to give to their camels. In the morning when they awoke, lo and behold, the straw and water was gone and there was the final present which would be that one gift the child most dreamed of getting.

I think it's a lovely tradition. 

Three Kings Day is still a holiday in Puerto Rico, celebrated with parades and feasting, music and dancing. 

Happy Three Kings Day. Are you doing anything special today? Or is it a regular working Monday?

Don't forget, Wednesday the 8th, is Insecure Writers Support Group Day. It falls on the 8th which just happens to be my grandmother's birthday -- she was born in 1895 -- AND in her honor I will be making an announcement. 

16 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a cool tradition. My parents never did gifts, but the decorations stayed up until today.
I bet I know the announcement and I'll be sure to mention it on my post as well Wednesday!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

My mother always did advent gifts leading up to Christmas but never afterwards. I think that would be a fun tradition.

Vijaya said...

It's a regular working Monday but I will go to Mass :)

Karen Walker said...

Hi Bish,
I've never heard of Three King's Day. I like the tradition. Hope your day is wonderful and can't wait for your announcement.

Susan Kane said...

What a lovely tradition! I like it. Announcement??!

Susan Kane said...

What a lovely tradition! I like it. Announcement??!

Crystal Collier said...

Awesome tradition! We're kind of lame and don't do the 12 days, but then, we have a family b-day interspersed there and several other traditions, so maybe we're not lame--just different. We each prefer our own brand of cheese, eh?

LTM said...

I actually really like this idea, Bish! We don't do any celebrating today--other than the girls are out of school for a snow day!

Happy TK day to you, too! :) <3

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Regular working day here for me. Looking forward to your announcement!

Carol Kilgore said...

I made a note to visit on Wednesday. I think Three Kings Day is a great tradition, too.

S.P. Bowers said...

I've always loved the idea of Three Kings Day though I've never celebrated it. Hope yours was a wonderful day!

Misha Gericke said...

Such a lovely tradition!

It's just a regular day in South Africa.

Medeia Sharif said...

I think I've heard of this, but didn't know too much about it. It sounds like a wonderful tradition.

J.L. Campbell said...

I like the ethnic diversity of the Magi as represented in the picture. My priest talked about this on Sunday. He mentioned that the Epiphany is a public holiday in some European nations.

DMS said...

Mine was a regular Monday- but I love hearing about different traditions. How fun! :)
~Jess

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bish .. that does sound like a wonderful tradition - a great remembrance of youth and family ..

Now I must move on to find out your announcement and a very Happy New Year for 2014 and on .. cheers Hilary