Three Kings

Little munchkins dressed in white robes with sceptres and crowns seem to be everywhere this week. School kids, in the guise of the three biblical kings, Kaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, are roaming my apartment complex, knocking on doors, reciting the story of Jesus’ birth –and their role in it–, singing Christmas songs, and asking for donations.

It’s like Halloween again, only everyone is wearing the same costume, there’s no candy and the treats (money) go to deserving charities.

Evidently, Austrians don’t get tax breaks for giving to charity, so there isn’t much of that going round throughout the year –unlike the States where giving a little to charity, and writing off a lot from your taxes, can be a lucrative endeavor. So, this is a big deal and the school children raise a lot of money.

And it feel so good just to give something away to people who need it, especially after the avarice-inducing consumer-fest known as Weihnachten.

I’ll be honest, I am glad the holidays are coming to a close. It was nice to see people out on the streets again yesterday. Happy January!

3 Comments so far

  1. Nancy Lee (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2007 @ 11:10 pm

    Thank you Chris, you bring Austria alive for me and I get to know you as a writer.
    If I post my email do I get spam?
    It’s good to see Robin again in great shape emotionally and physically and making plans with Zoe to be foot loose and fancy free.
    Take care,

  2. Zoe Kolon (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 2:51 pm

    Hello daddy,
    It is so cool to read your blogs, Im loving it.

  3. elle (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 3:34 pm

    Since I’m only in Graz for two months, when I got the ring on my doorbell to let the muchkins in the building I hadn’t heard of this before so…

    “I’m sorry, I’m not familiar with this custom, please ring another doorbell”

    … I said thorugh the speaker phone. Don’t know if they were preplexed by my speaking English, or my inviting them to ring someone else.


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