We are in Spain for ‘Los Reyes’.
Here, Christmas comes at Epiphany when the three kings deliver their gifts. Last night we watched the kings’ arrival by boat along with whole towns-full of others and truly delighted small children. The Kings were joined by an entourage that must have taken months to prepare. A cavalcade of horses, angels, bands and pages accompany each king and parade through the streets handing out sweets by the handful. Some of the pages, mostly teenagers, stop to eat loads on the way.
Small children are invited to sit on the king’s knee and tell what they would like. Some, of course, are so terrified they run off screaming.