Well today is the day, the 6th of January, and sadly it's the last day of Christmas. Traditionally, Epiphany (or Twelfth Night) is when the Three Kings/ Three Wise Men visited the Baby Jesus. In the UK it's not really celebrated and is known by most as the day when the Christmas decorations have to come down. But as a few of you will know I have a lot of Spaniards in my life, so for the last few years the 6th of January now has a whole new meaning in our home.
In Spain, the 6th January is known as Dia de Reyes or Day of the Kings. It's a big festival and for many children it's more important then Christmas Day as most still get their main gifts today from the Kings rather than from Santa Claus on the 25th December.
So today bakers all over Spain are selling round, almond flavoured cakes called Roscon that are filled with cream or chocolate. In the UK we often hide money in our Christmas Puddings, and the Roscon has the same sort of purpose.. if you find a small figure of a King you get to wear a paper crown and have your say, but if you find a bean then you have to pay for the cake!
At home today we have our Roscon, gifts from the Kings have arrived and we're celebrating our last day of Christmas. The decorations have come down and are now packed away.. our house looks so much bigger, but also quite bare!
While saying goodbye to Christmas can be quite sad, especially for children, it can be fun! I played Christmas songs at full blast as I was taking down the decorations and have taken great joy in eating the last mince pie (don't tell them it was me, oops).
After today, that's the end of the festivities for another 11 months and normally it's the time to start looking forward to longer, brighter days and slightly better weather. But as we haven't really had winter in the UK yet, just a lot of rain, I can't help feeling we've got some awful weather ahead before we reach Spring!
I'd love to know how you mark the last day of Christmas, are all your decorations down? When did you take them down? I wanted to take ours down a few days after the 25th but got talked into leaving them up a bit longer.
So goodbye Christmas, see you in December 2016!
Stay safe, x