In the United States, some people observe Kwanzaa December 26 through January 1. The traditional Twelve Days of Christmas begin that same day and end on January 5 or 6th, also known as Epiphany. Other celebrations, such as Boxing Day, St. Stephen’s Day, and Second Christmas Day, are observed in various European countries.
I must admit my bias, however, and state that my favorite of these is the Day of Epiphany on January 6, also known as Three Kings’ Day. In Puerto Rico, where I am from, El día de los Reyes Magos is a day of gifts, food, music, and family. It´s a big deal. If Three Kings´ Day is already a part of your holiday celebrations, or if you want to learn more about this special day, check out some books available here at the library.
Federico and the Magi´s Gift is a beautifully illustrated book that places the story of the Three Kings in a Latin American setting. Federico is worried that the Magi will not bring him anything because he has misbehaved. While everyone in the village is sleeping, he creeps out to look for the Three Wise Men in the stars. Will he see them? Will they bring the toy horse he asked for?