In Spain, it is traditional for children to receive their Christmas presents from the three "Reyes Magos" – *GAZPAR, MELCHOR and BALTASAR on January 5th (Epiphany Eve). Almost every Spanish city or town organises parades or cabalgatas when the Kings and their servants parade and throw sweets to the children. Astute children open umbrellas to collect them!
Winter ~ Twelve Nights ~ Theme: The Twelve Impressions of I ~ "I am giving you a great deal to consider. The Holy Nights are profound and radical. They are not easy, pretty, or sweet. What I write here is a forewarning…" ~ Inner Christmas - Lynn Jericho ~ 2012
The 12 Days of Christmas: December 25 to January 5. Supposedly the song refers to these symbols: Jesus, the Old & New Testaments, the 3 kings bearing gifts, the 4 gospels, the Pentateuch or Torah, the 6 days of Creation, the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit, the 8 Beatitudes, the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit, the 10 Commandments, the 11 faithful Apostles, and the 12 points of the Apostles' creed.
plough monday On Plough Monday, the first Monday after Twelve Night, the last of the Holy Nights, the fields were ploughed for the first time since harvest. The corn dolly was placed in the first turned farrow and buried there. This was to return her to the cornfields where she gives life to the seed and produces the harvest. She was in the last stalks of the standing grain. Now as dolly made from those last stalks, she goes back into the soil after the new year to start her work all over again.
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Jane Ray. With a sprinkling of festive, illustrative magic, Jane Ray has created a timeless version of this traditional Christmas verse. The exquisite artwork captures the very essence of the festive season, making this a book bound to be cherished and read year after year.