Yesterday (January 6th) was Three Kings Day, a widely celebrated holiday in the Hispanic community. You can find more on it below, but before I go into that… I had to work. I wanted to give my co-workers a little something in celebration. They loved their Mug Cozy and Coaster Gift Sets, and were really caught off guard. It was neat to share this holiday with them, and open their eyes to it.
Tomorrow, I will be posting the free crochet pattern for the Slanted Shell Coaster, and on Friday, you can tune in for the free crochet pattern for the Slanted Shell Mug Cozy.
After reading about Three King’s Day, you will find a couple photos showing how I assembled these mug sets.
These sets are great to give as a Neighbor Gift, to a Teacher, Co-Worker or any other time you may need just a cute, little quick gift.
So, what is Three King’s Day?
On January 6th, the Hispanic community celebrates Three King’s Day, or El Dia de Los Tres Reyes Magos. It’s a widely celebrated holiday deriving from the Christian feast day of Ephiphany. It’s said on this day, the Three Wise Men found baby Jesus, and brought him gifts in recognition of his divine nature.
To celebrate, on January 5th, children go outside to collect some grass to put in their empty boxes (I always used a puzzle box), and then leave it under their beds. This grass is for the camels to feast on as the Three Kings visit, similar to leaving out carrots for Santa’s reindeer.
I can still remember waking up many Three King’s Day mornings excited to see that the camels had enjoyed (and made a mess of) the grass, and to open my one gift.
First I placed the coaster against the wall, with a packet of hot
chocolate in front of that, and then dropped in the peppermint candies.
|And then I added some notecards with my above Three King’s Day message.|
Don’t forget to tune back in over the next two days for the free crochet patterns found in this mug gift set.
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Little Treasures says
I know the importance of the holiday and loved reading your memories and traditions about it. We also celebrate it (I am Orthodox Christian) and we have children coming early in the morning, knocking on doors and singing songs related to the day and people give them fruits (mostly walnuts, chestnuts and mandarins), candies and coins. They are actually the carolers announcing the birth of Jesus. It's a lovely tradition every child enjoys thoroughly 🙂
Your gift to honor the day is fabulous!
How wonderful this sounds! I have not experienced anything like this, but I am sure it is because of where I live. I hope to travel somewhere that celebrates Three King's Day as described in your comment. And take my mother with me, as she is the one who introduced me to the holiday many years ago.
Thank you for visiting!
I love this! What a great gift, and a wonderful day for it 🙂
I am going to try and get you in touch with a crochetting friend, Jenny Brown. I think you guys would get along famously 🙂
So kind of you, Paula. Looking forward to meeting Jenny.
marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says
How fun is this. I love this idea and so thoughtful. Thanks also for leaving such a gracious comment on my blog. That totally makes my day.
Thank YOU, Marty! Always look forward to seeing what you are blogging about – such beauty in it.
Vintage Marigold says
I love this! I work with College Students and they are always teaching me about their cultural holidays and I love it! Tiffany @ The Whimsical Magnolia
I love learning about the different cultural things too 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Tiffany!
Eline Alcocer says
This is a fab idea for a present! I'll definitely be trying it next time I need a birthday gift (or for next year's Christmas – doesn't hurt to plan ahead, right?!)- Hopping over from HOHD#86
Thanks for visiting Eline 🙂 I would love to see photos when you do make some.
Rachel @ The Philosophers Wife says
As always, beautiful work! 🙂
Thank you Rachel!
Southern Couture says
How nice would this be to help you not burn yourself. Very cool!
Bethany from The Southern Couture
Definitely! Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment 🙂