As my first attempt to offer a glimpse to all those interested in knowing how this little Spaniard bends herself through the British life window, I am following the WordPress challenge to updated ElBombin / The Bowler Hat daily.
Off we go then!
Many of you might not know that today is the most awaited day in Spain, as we celebrate the Three Wise Men arrival or the Adoration of the Jesus Child, for those more versed in the Ancient Texts. On 5 January every year, the evening before Twelfth Night (Epiphany, 6 January) the Thee Kings (or Three Wise Men of the New Testament) pay a visit to all homes in Spain, greeting the children who behaved well during the year with their wished presents, ranging from toys to books or clothing treats.
On the contrary, those who miscarried or didn’t do their best will be presented with nothing more than coal (don panic, in this case we are talking about a sweet one, made of coloured sugar and portraying a coal stone, typically reminding one of the hardest and poorest paid works in Spain: coal miners).
Since we arrived back yesterday, we will celebrate this special occasion here in London. It is a pity as we won’t be able to assist to none ‘Cabalgata de Reyes’ or ‘Three Wise Men Parade’ as the day for exchanging presents here in the UK is Boxing Day, alas last 26th of December, when we were happily celebrating Christmas in Madrid….However and taking into account that we both really were good in 2010, I have a telex confirming that Their Majesties will pay us a visit tonight!!! We already have the Christmas Tree ready, as well the water for their camels (don forget they come from the Far East for the adoration of Jesus and just make a little technical stop at home) and some refreshments for themselves (turrón brought from Alicante al Xerez, from the homonyms city).
Let’s see how good we were!!! Ah! Don forget to place one shoe or shock for each inhabitant, as for the more celebrated in Britain Santa Klaus…all of them are oldies who need a little remind to not confuse the presents!!