This is a simple retelling of the story of the Reyes Magos. It was written for students in elementary and middle school, but it could also be used with older students.
Note: This listing is for the picture story ONLY. It does not include any additional resources.
The story of the Reyes Magos is based on the gospel of Matthew, which tells how wise men from the east came to worship Jesus, bringing with them gold, frankincense and myrrh. Throughout the centuries, this story has become layered with folklore. In the Christmas traditions of many Spanish-speaking countries, there were three wise men whose names were Gaspar, Melchor, and Baltasar. These wise men were not only scholars and astronomers, but kings. On the night of January 5th, the Reyes Magos bring gifts to children in honor of Jesus' birth. Many children write letters to the Reyes Magos (just as American children write letters to Santa). In the letters, they describe the good things they have done that year and ask the Reyes Magos for gifts. Some Spanish-speaking countries have a parade called the Cabalgata de Reyes on January 6th.
This story is a great way to introduce the story of the Reyes Magos in class. You may choose to do some of the following activities in class to support the story:
- Have students write a letter to the Reyes Magos describing what they would like on January 5th.
- Show a video of the Cabalgata de Reyes in Madrid. (Search "Cabalgata de Reyes" on YouTube.)
- Ask students to compare and contrast the Christmas traditions around the Reyes Magos with their own seasonal traditions.
- Eat "Roscón de Reyes", a traditional sweetbread, on January 6th. I usually order Roscón de Reyes from a local bakery, but some supermarkets also carry it.