Reviewing different traditions: the Three Kings’ Day and Saint Nicholas Day
Important historical figures that forged Christmas traditions
Balthasar, Melchior, and Gaspar, the three Magi, are depicted in the Bible. They went on a journey to worship baby Jesus. They announced the coming of Christ and, because they gave him gifts, they turned into an important Christian symbol in paintings, sculptures, etc. They also became very important icons during Christmas. For instance, kids receive gifts from the three Wise Men in Spain on the 6th January. On the other hand, children from other countries get gifts from St. Nicholas: Germany, Poland, Ukraine, the Netherlands... Saint Nicholas lived during the 3rd century in Turkey. He was known for his tremendous generosity towards the poor. In a Biblical way, this supports the idea of repayment to those who do the right things. It’s a way of mimicking these uncredited good deeds towards others to celebrate the birth of Christ.