Friday, December 17, 2010
Who Brings Better Gifts? Santa or The Three Wise Men?
If you live in a multiculti household like I do, where language, culture and customs are varied, holidays pose a special challenge. Christmas is no exception. In the Kinky Gazpacho household, since we live in the United States, we pretty much rely on Santa Claus to bring the gifts to our children, but now that el esposo's sister is here with us, we are trying to incorporate more of the Spanish Christmas traditions into our celebrations.
So, of course my clever children think it all boils down to this: Who brings better gifts? Santa or the Three Wise Men? In Spain, Santa Claus is growing in popularity, but traditionally gifts were given by the Three Wise Men on January 6. In my opinion, it makes far more sense that the we'd get presents on Jesus' birthday by the same three dudes who brought Jesus his presents back in the manger, instead of some random Dutch guy in red suit who keeps company with domesticated deer and mini-people. I wonder why we in America fixated on Santa instead of The Three Wise Men? If anyone knows why, please enlighten the rest of us.
And in the meantime, how do you all who live in multicultural households combine traditions at holiday time?