We destroy the beauty of the countryside because the un-appropriated splendors of nature have no economic value. We are capable of shutting off the sun and the stars because they do not pay a dividend. — John Maynard Keynes
Happy Three Kings Day!
Traditionally in Hispano- and Luso-America (that is, before they were totally overwhelmed by U.S. Santa Claus-ism), January 6 has been the day of final celebration of the long Christmas season, the day that children leave out hay for the camels of the Three Wise Men who will leave them gifts. To get the reyes magos in the mood, children dress up to represent them and go house to house serenading in joyous beggary (you're supposed to give them something sweet when they sing at your door). So here's hoping that Melchor, Baltasar and Gaspar have been good to you today! (Did you remember the hay for their camels?)