today is the twelfth day after christmas and is traditionally the day that you take down your xmas decorations. jan 6th is epiphany and is the day the three wise men (magi) brought their gifts to the young Jesus; so especially in Latin American countries, the 6th Jan is usually the day that presents are given rather than 25th december. On the night of the 5th, instead of stockings, kids leave their shoes out, stuffed with straw. It’s not Santa who comes in the middle of the night leaving the children presents. Instead, it’s the three magi who come bringing gifts for the kids, just like they gave the baby Jesus presents in honor of his birth. The straw in the children’s shoes is for the Wise Men’s camels to eat.
To celebrate the Epiphany in Spain there are also often parades featuring the three magi… it seems it doesnt take much excuse to put on a parade in spain, throughout the year there is always a festival, parade or street party to either celebrate a saints day, or notable date in the calendar!
I wish that i was there in spain to celebrate – have never made it at this time of year – i have however just booked to go out there next month to check on the repairs that we always do in the winter to our house in vejer – cant wait !