In Latin culture we love to celebrate, and January is no exception! The Christmas celebration is not over in Spain and most other Spanish speaking countries! January 6th is a day dedicated to celebrating the arrival of the 3 wise men/kings/magi, who brought baby Jesus the famous gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
This day is celebrated more extravagantly than Christmas day, with crown shaped sweet breads, gifts, stuffed stocking and lavish parties, a magical day and the official 12fth day of Christmas.
I find this celebration a beautiful reminder of the reality of life. The 3 magi did not arrive on the day of Jesus’ birth, it would have been impossible given the time period, mode of transport, and distance from their kingdoms to Bethlehem. And this celebration reminds me that our gifts are not going to always show up when we “believe they should” but when God ( universe, higher power who ever you believe in) knows it is time for us to receive them.
So today I hope you are able to celebrate in the peace that the start of a new year brings us all, and relish in the “late” gifts you will be receiving through out the year!