January 6 is traditionally celebrated as Three Kings Day in Spanish cultures and as Epiphany in other cultures/religions. Epiphany means the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi (the Magi weren’t Jewish but sought the King of the Jews). January 6th is the traditional day that the Magi came to see baby Jesus and gave gifts to the child. It’s the 12th day of Christmas and some folks leave their tree up until this day. It also would be the day in the Christmas carol that the true love would spend the most money in gifts starting with the twelve drummers drumming. I always wondered what the rate of pay per hour was of all those musicians and whether or not they had to live there forever and be fed, housed, etc.
One of my absolute favorite Christmas carols is We Three Kings of Orient Are. It’s a beautiful song but it also reminds me of my cousin when we were kids. Our dads were brothers and they took me, my sister and this cousin in the car one Christmas Eve to get us out of the way while grandma and the moms cooked. When we got to the gas station, my dad and uncle got out and dad asked if we wanted to come in the store. My clever, creative cousin started singing, “We three kids will stay in the car….”
That’s all I can recall of the song she made up because we were laughing so hard at her but she sang quite a bit more lyrics than that.