Christmas – Ikebana for Children
Since moving to Spain, our family not only celebrates Christmas on December 25th, but we also celebrate Los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day) on the 6th January. On the night of the 5th January, children line the streets to watch the three Kings parade and wait expectantly for the Kings to throw candy from the floats. During the night, just as Father Christmas delivers presents to children on Christmas Eve, the Three Kings bring presents for children across Spain, to open on the morning of the 6th January.
At Christmas time, we have maintained many of our Australian Christmas traditions, as well as adopting a few Spanish ones as well. On the morning of the 6th January, my children love eating Roscón de Reyes (a doughnut shaped sweet brioche-like bread, garnished with glazed fruit and filled with cream or custard).
No matter where in the world we have lived, we always decorate our Christmas tree on the 1st December. This year while decorating our tree my daughters suggested we should also make ikebana ornaments for the Christmas tree.
They shaped a small piece of chicken wire and placed it inside a clear Christmas bauble. Using the chicken wire to hold their material, they added a painted pinecone and a few stems of rosehips.
Once they were happy with the placement of the material, they closed the bauble and found a spot on the tree to hang it.