jueves, 7 de enero de 2010

The Wizard Kings


Happy Epiphany! Or, Feliz Dia de los Reyes Magos!

Too true--in Spanish the 3 Wise Men are not just "wise guys" (as Pastor Derek would say), but Wizard Kings. Sweet. And they visit all good little Latin American (or at least Mexican) children on the 6th of January.

Except for my kid. I guess she's too young.

Clara and I were reminded of the date yesterday when we went walking downtown and found ourselves in the Plaza de Armas. The Christmas decorations are still up, and there was a line of people stretching from the Christmas tree in the middle of the plaza, winding its way around the city block. It looked like we were missing out on something.

Then I realized, it was the 6th of January. Surely the 3 Kings would be paying a visit. Much like Santa Claus, kids write letters to the kings and can visit with them to request specific gifts. Santa generally gets his spot in the mall, but here in Saltillo, apparently the kings get the plaza.

Last night in Mexico City, Mario's family were all together to break open a pinata and give gifts to the kiddos. I know, because Mario's sister called, double-checking which presents I left were destined for which child. And then they no doubt ate their rosca de reyes (King Bread) and had hot chocolate. Ah, to have been there . . .

But I bet Mario will pick us up a Rosca from Soriana today. After all, today they'll be half the price. Mmm . . .