Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wait! There's one more holiday to go!

Ok, so I already want to know where people find jobs where things like “Martin Luther King Jr. Day” and “Columbus Day” are considered real holidays where people actually get off work. Seriously, I don’t know exactly how you’d celebrate those days, but I’m pretty sure I’d be all about Columbus if I got a whole day off to think about him.

I just happened across a blog last night where the author mentioned “Three Kings Day” and I was like “Three Kings Day?! What the heck is that?” Naturally, I busted out my immense research skills (and by that I mean I googled it). Here’s what I found – Three Kings Day is apparently celebrated on January 6th, twelve days after Christmas thus ending the last day of the Christmas season. Oh Wikipedia, you rule.


People in different countries celebrate it differently but apparently the story behind it is that it’s the day when the Magi visited Jesus and brought him gifts. The Irish call this day “Little Christmas” How adora-balls! In Mexico, kids leave their shoes and toy requests out for the Magi to fill. Many times they’ll put hay in the shoes for the camels that carry all the Kings.

Did anyone else know about this holiday or am I just way behind the knowledge ball? I have to say, I’m kind of loving it!

19 comments:

Young and Fabulous said...

I've NEVER heard of that holiday! haha that's amazing that you found it..I'll pitch it to my CEO and see if he can add it to our holiday list for next year :)

there are probably a zillion holidays that go un noticed..I know a couple guy friends think "National Man Day" (June 15) should be a calendar holiday..pshh where's national woman day!

xoxo thanks for sharing!

Kyndi said...

Happy Epiphany Day, Ashley :) The church celebrates this day as the day the Lord revealed Himself to the Gentiles (the 3 kings)...it's a day of feasting! I can totally get on board with that :)

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

i had no idea! totally going to share this with people today :)

Caroline said...

I didn't know. I love this. Thanks for sharing.

Suze said...

i had nooooo idea about this either so your not alone but what a fun interesting holiday i learned about!!! hope you have a great day!!!

Stefany said...

I celebrate this! =] My cousins in Dominican Republic celebrate it way better but my mom makes a nice meal and we exchange little gifts. My couins leave their shoes and a list of what they want from the three wise men by the nativity scene in my grandmother's house and they get awesome gifts the next day. =]

Caroline Henley said...

ummm this holiday sounds AWESOME! i have never heard of it but let's start a petition to get it on the American calendar!!

although the whole putting my shoes out for someone else makes me nervous... I do love my shoes :)

Michaela said...

This is brand new information to me! And I think my school board should know about it so we could have it off! (:

Jennifer said...

I had no idea!!!!!! How fun!

Ashley said...

I get MLK day off! Yes! I wasn't aware of the The Three Kings day though. Interesting!

Marian said...

Sadly, I probably should have known about this holiday, or at least recognized the date with the Catholic education I've had, but I literally just read about this too (probably from the same blog).

Fit With Flash said...

I'm up for any and ALL holidays! this one sounds fun! And yay for your new shoes down there! LOVE new shoes, especially new running shoes. Makes it feel like you're running on clouds!

Ashley said...

I have seriously never heard of that holiday. I do, however get Martin Luther King Day off of work. I must say the only celebrating I do is sleeping in for the event! :)

Megan said...

I have NEVER heard of that holiday!! Unfortunately with nursing, I don't get ANY holidays off!! Yuck!!

*Trisha* said...

This holiday is news to me! Very interesting though. I love learning about new things (:

Lisa said...

Never heard of that holiday! Ha--but hey, if it could potentially get me a day off, I'll definitely celebrate it!

LifeasKristina said...

I NEVER heard of that holiday-but i'm glad I know now:) haha

Tamara Nicole said...

Haven't really heard of it either! Lol but there are sooo many holidays that we don't really know about:-)

amber said...

i learned about this holiday when i met my hubby. his family celebrates it every year. it's fun to have a new holiday to celebrate with my new family :)