Traditionally Spain has celebrated present giving during the Three Wise Men on January 5th. The obvious flaw is in the holiday scheme, where you don’t get the presents until the very end. Whether this was done to torture kids or parents is unclear.
Many desperate parents have adopted Santa Claus, who is capable of bringing presents as early as the evening of 24th. Traditionalist Catalan friends of ours regard Santa Claus as cultural imperialism and have instead resorted to a building giant Tio (read more about Tios and Catalan Christmas traditions here), which is capable of “producing” extremely very large presents. Hopefully this year’s bicycle and Lego boxes won’t produce a fatal bowel obstruction.
Although kids at school are very excite about the presents, I have to say that this little song 2nd grader came home with today was quite a treat:
que lo pases muy mal
que te atropelle un tran via
y feliz funeral
Los regalos pa mi
los papeles pa ti
yo te invito al cine
i tu pagas por mi
(I know it’s happy birthday, not merry christmas, but the kids didn’t seem to care)