Why Spain loves the Three Kings more than Santa.

Why Spain loves the Three Kings more than Santa.

Short reason: Spanish Kids get two separate loads of Christmas presents!

If you are in BRISBANE – Celebrate at the Spanish Centre at Acacia Ridge on January the 6th.  There’ll be a wet jumping castle, roscon de reyes and a visit from the kings.    SPANISH CENTRE LINK

Long reason: The Feast of Epiphany on the 6th of January is traditionally Spain’s main festive holiday, when children receive their presents brought not by Santa Claus, but by the Three Kings.  Do the maths… it only makes sense that the 3 wise men took a few days to arrive, following the star after the birth of Jesus. They couldn’t just jump in an UBER and whoosh there instantly.. . The uber surcharge with the camels alone would have been a nightmare.

It is on “El Día de los Reyes” that Spain and Latin American countries celebrate this adoration of baby Jesus by the three Kings, also known as the three Wise Men or Magi.  It is also a day for Roscón de reyes:

Kings are cooler than Santa 

In a 2015 survey, Spanish children overwhelmingly chose the Three Kings as their favourite gift giver (67 percent) over Santa Claus (27 percent).

In Spain ‘Los Reyes Magos’ – Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar – play a similar role to Santa Claus in many other parts of the world. Spanish children write letters to the Three Kings, or Three Wise Men, who then bring the children gifts the night before, or on the morning of the Epiphany.

Just as children in many other places leave out some food and drink for Santa, and a carrot for Rudolph, Spanish children make sure to leave a drink for each of the Three Kings and some food and drink for their camels – as this is the only night of the year when the animals eat and drink.

Huge Three Kings parades or ‘cabalgatas’ are held and they are huge spectacles featuring hundreds of actors and are broadcast live on Spanish television.

Every city and sizeable town stages a parade, and one of the biggest, in Madrid, draws crowds of 100,000 people, including thousands of children eager to catch the sweets thrown into the crowd by the three kings themselves.