For better or worse money is a subject inseperable from the holidays. Between gifts and movies and trips and food, it matters. Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.
That’s one reason I like Three King’s Day— I save money and get to celebrate the reason for the season. Here are a few of the reasons I can save more on Three King’s Day.
1. It comes after Christmas.
Last night I was at WalMart browsing the the Christmas clearance, snapping up anything with the Wise Men on it. This is just one example how I can ride the (greatly reduced) coat tails of December 25 when celebrating January 6. Anything with the Wise Men, a Star, the Manger, or a Nativity scene are fair game.
Of course presents are just as great a deal. Stores stock up with all sorts of wonderful things for Christmas and on December 26 they want it all out of the way. Three King’s Day celebrants are the beneficiary.
2. The focus is more on the holiday.
On December 26 we all woke up from a month of a non-stop chirping in our ear. All of society conspired to talk about food, gifts, and snow. Despite what we should emphasize everything about Christmas tends to boil down to those three topics.
By January 6 most people are still reeling from the glut of pressure to have everything perfect. They’re just glad they don’t have to worry about crossing all the T’s and dotting all the I’s. For most of us there is not a list of expectations for Three King’s Day. And I like it that way.
3. I can give what I wanted to.
On December 24 everything closed at 7 or 8 so employees could spend the holidays with the families. Which is good. At least that’s what many of us tried to tell ourselves as we trudged back to our cars. Or as we stood in line with what we could get instead of what we should have gotten a month earlier. Christmas is always a holiday where we put so much off to the last minute.
Three King’s Day is your second chance. Remember that whatever-it-was you didn’t give on Christmas? Next week is your chance. Most stores will feature their regular hours on Epiphany Eve.