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LOVE: Los Tres Reyes Magos (The 3 Kings)

Latinos love LOS TRES REYES MAGOS. It's our version of Christmas. Americans believe in Santa Claus who arrives to every home on December 25th (Christmas Day). Not us, we don't believe in St. Nicholas/Papa Noel, we believe in the Three Kings whose arrival date is on January 6th. We do this based on our Christian Catholic belief to honor the Magi.

The Magi is also known as the "Three Wise Men" or the "Three Kings" who visited Jesus Christ after his birth. They came bearing gifts: Gold, Myrrh, and Frankincense. Our tradition of remembrance is to leave "grass" in a box under our beds for the 3 Reyes Magos in order for them to feed their camels and continue on their journey to give every child a gift. The Three Kings take our "happy grass" and they leave a regalo in exchange for us. Nice, isn't it? Nonetheless, if you aren't in your country and you permanently reside in the United States this tradition does begin to wane.

The Latinos in the U.S. celebrate Christmas instead of El Dia de los Reyes. But for the few that still celebrate it, there is a downside. It becomes very upsetting when your classmates open their gifts on December 25th, they come back to school ask you what you got and you reply, "I won't know until the 6th" (a few days after we get back from the winter break). Your American friends will then say, "Bummer, that sucks! Why would your parents do that to you?" Well, now you know why!

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