Posted by: Author | January 3, 2014

Friday Fact- January 3, 2013- Three Kings Day

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.

Here’s a link to enjoy the song on Jan 6th.


  1. I got a chuckle out of your clever cousin. The neighbors still have their decorations up so I’m hoping they are intending to observe the day. The angels on the lawn don’t look so good after Christmas as they did before.

    As always enjoyed Friday Facts Jillian.

    • LOL – all I have left up is my tree and I will have it down tomorrow.- spouse took down the outside stuff yesterday- We usually take down on the 1st but missed it this year.

      My cousin was awesome. Sadly, she passed away at 29 and I still miss her cleverness.

      Glad you like the facts!

  2. Love the redone song! And I grew up with the Jan 6th Feast of the Epiphany, but as an adult, I’ve never been able to leave my tree and decorations up that long. It’s a new year and I want a nice, clean, normal house to start it off in. So everything’s already put away until next season.:)

    • Yeah the song was great. And I can totally relate to the clean slate, new head thing. I actually cleaned my desk off today at work. Lol.


  3. We often left up our tree until after my husband’s birthday, January 15, Somewhere recently I saw a list of the cost of each of the gifts of the 12 days of Christmas. The prices were outrageous and all had gone up over the years except for the maids a milking. A maid’s wages have remained paltry! Thanks for the post. It brought back good memories.

    • You’re welcome, Flossie. I always love those yearly updates on how much the gifts cost. The poor milkmaids need a raise!!

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