Happy New Year nerds! I thought I’d start off by telling you about what I got for Christmas and 3 Kings Day. Because I live in Spain, we celebrate a little differently to England where I am originally from.
People often ask me if I get double the amount of gifts and what is 3 Kings Day so let me explain. No I don’t get double the amount of gifts, it’s more like the festivities are longer but don’t really begin until 20th December when everyone is really getting into the spirit of things with Christmas carols, the famous El Gordo lottery and Christmas Eve dinner.
To keep my traditions alive, my Fiancé and I will exchange our gifts on Christmas Day. If we have presents from my side of the family, this is when we will open those too. Ernesto is Spanish so we don’t exchange gifts with his side of the family until 6th January.
What is 3 Kings Day?
3 Kings Day or Día de los Reyes Magos is the 6th January and marks the day that the 3 Wise Men or 3 Kings of the Orient travelled on camels following the star to take gifts to baby Jesus aka the Epiphany. On the 5th January, which is like Christmas Eve if you like, children put a drink and snack out for the camels and shoes by the door. In most Spanish towns and villages there will be a parade, in most cases they ride in on REAL LIFE CAMELS.
Instead of Santa’s grotto, kids will go and visit their favourite King who will be in the town square on a throne and sit on their lap to tell them their wishes for the next day or give them their wishlists.
The next morning 6th January, there may be presents by the bed, sometimes under the bed or by your shoes. (It kind of depends on your family traditions). So this is the day we exchange presents with my in-laws.
This year we both received some lovely gifts and I’ve seen a few blog posts where people have shared what presents they got and thought I’d join in.
What I Got For Christmas?
The following gifts are all from Ernesto, my parents and nan gave us money towards a new exercise bike. Plus my Mum knitted me a snuggly jumper which has been lovely for those cooler 20ºC degree days LOL.
A few days before Christmas we were shopping and spotted this LEGO Star Wars: Force Awakens Deluxe Edition for PlayStation 4 with LEGO Finn! It was my first present to enjoy over the Christmas break.
I was overjoyed to get Star Wars Funko Pops, especially Porgs! I was admiring these in GAME for ages and Ernesto surprised me with them. We already have a Chewbacca with bowcaster from The Force Awakens but after seeing The Last Jedi we fell in love with all things Porg!
He also got me some amazing silver Bose Headphones which are noise cancelling and just the best things ever! I’ve never had fancy headphones before so I feel totally spoilt. Fluffy bunny slippers were a must as my Pikachu slippers recently fainted ^_^
Last but not least we have the wonderful DotCreates Blog planner, which I’m going to start using this week. Then I will give you more of an update on how I’m using it and a sneaky peek inside. It’s amazing and was such a surprise!
Here’s what I bought for Ernesto:
As you can tell there is a bit of a theme! I’ll show off the Super Mario Odyssey guide better in another post, but it’s just beautiful and great as he’s looking for the last few moons. The Super Mario notebook is a lovely bright red and has a mystery block magnetic closing. Our dog Rambo got him the little Link figure. ^_^
Also got him his favourite scent Issey Miyake and of course Star Wars Battlefront II for PS4.
3 Kings Gifts
I included my 3 Kings presents in the photo above. I’m like the easiest person to buy for really, snuggly pijamas are the best and they have a unicorn kitty on the front. They are seriously the fluffiest things and so warm. Maybe you are looking at those tuna cans and thinking WTH? Well, we really like tuna but this is like 4€ a can super tuna, which is proper stuff and dolphin friendly. Then we have this ADORABLE little succulent plant which is going to reside on my desk once I sort it out and some vanilla cashmere candles!
We also received some money which will go towards something nice, like Apple TV or maybe to our exercise bike fund. Ernesto bought me this turquoise Quechua jacket from Decathlon too which is super bright and cozy. I ordered him a new electric shaver online but we’re still waiting on it in the post.
By the way, the sales don’t start until 8th January and will run until the end of March. For this reason we usually avoid shopping for the first week of sales because many people will be exchanging or taking things back from Kings Day.
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my Christmas and Reyes traditions! Let me know in the comments the top gift that you gave or received this holiday.
If you have a similar blog post please link in the comments so I can read about your gifts.