Magical Magi: 5 Great Books about the Three Kings
For many households, the preparation for Christmas can feel like an enormous build-up for a single day. There’s just one day to cook all the food, open all the presents, attend religious services and visit friends and families. However, for many countries around the world, the different elements of Christmas celebrations are spread across a number of days and weeks. In many European countries, Santa Claus or rather St. Nicolas distributes presents on his feast day, December 6th. On the 13th of December, people in many countries mark the Feast of St. Lucy by wearing a wreath of candles and singing carols. One of the most important days in this season, however, is the 6th of January, which marks the Feast of the Epiphany. This day traditionally marks the arrival of the the kings, or magi, to worship the child Jesus, and to give him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. There are many traditions surrounding this day, from the blessing of holy water, to making of a special almond cake called galette des rois.
If you would like to find out more about these traditions you can read about them in this article, which focuses on the tradition of celebrating Women’s Christmas on this day: A Little History of Women's Christmas: An Irish Festive Tradition.
The story of the Magi is an important and beloved part of the Nativity narrative. It features in some of the most popular carols and artwork around Christmas. If you’re looking to introduce your child to this part of the story, and the important faith lessons it teaches, then here are five books for you to share as a family, to reflect on the season of gift-giving.