January 4, 2010
The story we have this week was written by Gregorio Ibarra, from Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Gregorio is originally from Mexico. He is enrolled in literacy classes at Parkland College in Yorkton. Gregorio wrote this story as part of an exercise for ESL learners who are describing special days in their country.
In Mexico one of the most popular celebrations is the 6th of January. We celebrate when three kings came. We call this celebration Dia de Los Reyes Magos. Their names are Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar. They used different animals for transportation - horse, elephant and camel. Every year they come to bring presents for kids.
On January 5th the kids expect the newest toys, some clothes or sometime, a few candies. They have to write a letter to the three kings, and in this letter, they let them know what they are expecting. They have put this letter inside one of their shoes next to the Christmas tree.
[This story was taken with permission, from the Parkland College Literacy Newsletter, February 2009.]