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David Martinez Professor S.Gates English 1A June 20, 2001 The Three Wise Men.I remember growing up for part of my child hood living in Mexico City. I was about 4 years old when I moved to Mexico to live close to my grand parents and other relatives. In Mexico City there is a fairy tale tradition that is still practice these days. The fairy tale tradition is that of (Los Tres Reyes Magos) The Three Wise Men or also known as The Three Wise Kings. Their names are Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltazar and they ride on camels, Gaspar is the black wise man and they speak all languages because they are universal. The date is January 6th, when the three wise men come to your house and bring gifts for you. The only requirements are that you have to be a child, have to be sleeping the night of January 6th when they come to drop of your gifts and the last requirement is that you have to believe in them in order for them come. My parents would tell me about them, the three wise men would come to my house to bring me gifts, the night of January 6th if I was sleeping. I had to be under good behavior in order for them to come and bring me gifts or else they wouldn't bring me nothing because the three wise men knew if you were good or bad. The gifts that the wise men bring are toys, clothing, school supply, shoes, bikes, and other stuff for the children.My parents told my brother and I about the wise men and what they do. My brother and I believed our parents because we were kids and why would your parents lie to us. My brother and I weren't the only ones that believed in the three wise men, there are still kids that are young enough to believe in them these days, in Mexico City. The three wise men are magical because they can shrink small to the size that they can enter your residence through a small crack or small opening for example like the small space under a door. They are magical because they can shrink their size or they can turn themselves into light balls and enter your house through a window like regular light would go though a clear glass window. You would have to be sleeping and would have had to leave them one of your shoes or a shoe that belongs to you with the list of what you wanted inside the shoe. My brother and me would make our own separate lists and then I would put my list in one of my shoes; my brother would put his list in one of his shoes. I remember putting a chair in our room so that we could put our shoes on that chair, so that the wise men didn't miss to see our shoes and read our lists. I remember one January 6th that I was so exited that the wise men were coming to my house that I could not fall to sleep. I remember lying on my bed tucked in ready to go to sleep, but the only problem was that I wasn't sleepy. I was not sleepy because I recall being anxious to see the wise men. I was lying in my bed, cautiously staring at my window in my room to expecting to see the light balls transform to the magical wise men before my eyes. My brother...

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