In most of Latin America children receive their presents on January 6, el Día de los Reyes Magos, or the day when the Wise Men appeared before Jesus. A few days before, children write letters to their favorite king: Melchor, Gaspar, or Baltasar, asking for the presents they would like to receive.
In Mexico City, many people go to Alemeda Park where, along with helium balloons that carry their letters into the sky, there are sets where children can have their picture taken with the Wise Kings.
On the night, of January 5, the figurines of the Three Wise Men are added to the nativity scene. Before going to bed the children place their old shoes under their bed or in the living room, where the Wise Men will leave them their presents. Some also place hay and a bucket with water outside the house for the animals, and even some cookies and milk for Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar. Sound familiar?
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