Naughty or Nice…Cookies or Straw?

Welcome back friends!

Well it’s that time of the year again!  Yep, the time that we threaten our grandkids with, ” Be nice and do what your mommy says, ’cause Santa is watching to see who is naughty or nice.”  There’s always that famous or maybe, infamous, “piece of black coal” that’s been handed down from generation to generation to be gift wrapped too!

Between you and me…does that really scare the kid?  And, would you really hold back that present that you bought for your grandchild that he or she wanted so badly for Christmas?  That would mean either, hold the present until their birthday in October or…go back to the store and stand in line for a couple of hours to get your refund.

Forget it!  Give it to the kid, who will be just as snooty tomorrow after getting what they wanted on Christmas morning! Let their parents handle it!

So much for that “Naughty or Nice” list and all that about Santa watching!  Your credibility is shot!  Nice try!

Ok, so what’s this cookies and straw bit?

Well, as you may know or for those who do not…Santa Claus came to us via Europe where he is known as St. Nicholas, Kris Kringle and Papa Noel among many other names.  But, just as we celebrate Christmas with Santa, the majority of the Latin Countries wait until the day the Magi arrived at the manger to deliver their gifts to the Christ child.  This is known as, you guessed it, Three Kings Day (Jan. 6th)!  This is when the gifts are received. In the same manner the children here in the U. S. leave cookies for Santa, the children in these Latin countries gather straw (or grass) and leave it for the wise men’s camels.

The situation at hand in our family is, that, as previously mentioned in my last posting, my nephew and his family have emigrated to the mainland from Puerto Rico.  The two girls in the family have always celebrated Three Kings Day. as most of the island does.  Since they are currently staying with my daughter D. and her family, Santa will definitely be paying them a visit. The question is, will the Magi show as well?  Should they gather the grass and leave it to feed the camels?  I am sure we’ll find out later.

Either way, the celebration of Christmas or Three Kings Day (Epiphany) should bring the love of family to all of them.

So, my friends, may the Love and Peace of this season be with you and your loved ones. Please remember that someone from above will be watching you so, be nice to one another!

Merry Christmas!

I would like to thank all those who take the time to read this blog and have sent me comments either by FB or this blog, they really are appreciated!  Also, Three Kings Day falls on the 12th day of Christmas!  So, now you know!

Fred

 

 

 

 

 

 

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