Did you ever put out cookies and milk for Santa on Christmas Eve? How about oats for the reindeer? Growing up in Cuba, I learned about these traditions from books and movies. My Christmas celebration, though, did not include any visitors from the North Pole.
Instead, on Jan. 6, I anxiously awaited the visit by the three kings on Día de los Reyes, “Three Kings Day.” Since these kings came from the East, bearing gifts and traveling in a camel caravan, my holiday preparations included gathering fresh grass for the camels, along with water and, on occasion, cigars for the Magi!
Children in Spain and Latin America have been observing Three Kings Day for centuries. <GO TO FULL ARTICLE>