Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Happy Three Kings Day!

What is Three Kings Day?

This is a Christian holiday that celebrates the Biblical story of the three kings who followed a bright star of Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ child.

In the story of the Bible the three kings, named Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar, brought gifts to the new baby. They brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

On the night before three kings day, traditionally, children would put their shoes out and wake up early the next morning in hopes of finding gifts in their shoes. The aspect of shoes is similar to the American tradition of leaving cookies for Santa.

Here are the shoes (but the kids only get half price after Christmas candy!)

Jessica with monkey bread and oranges.
Jessica reading about the Magi from Matthew 2.

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