I woke up really happy this morning because today is one of my favorite holidays. It is not a tradition celebrated by many here in the States but is a Mexican tradition I will carry on to my children.
El Dia De Los Reyes Magos or Three Kings Day represents the height of the Christmas season. For Catholics, Christmas is not over. Which is why, my Christmas Tree still stands. “The date marks the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas and commemorates the three wise men who traveled from afar, bearing gifts for the infant baby Jesus. ” (Read More)
For children, it’s almost like a second Christmas. Some still receive gifts. But instead of leaving cookies by the chimney for Santa, we put our shoes underneath the tree with hopes to get a gift in the morning from the Three Kings. Not sure how the shoe thing got started. As kids, my family always avoided the gifting aspect of it, since well, we didn’t have a lot of money. I do remember however getting together with my family later that evening for a delicious Rosca de Reyes!
The Rosca contains little plastic baby figurines that represent baby Jesus. If you get one of the babies, you get to make some tamales for everyone on February 2, El Dia de La Calendaria (Day of the Candles). This marks exactly 40 days after Christmas.
This evening I was really eager to get off to start this important celebration with my family. My cousin showed me how to make some delicious champurrado (thick hot chocolate) and we bought a huge Rosca to feed everyone!
Nothing more refreshing than getting some family time. Even in the middle of the week! Worth me staying really late last night putting the house together since I was too lazy to do anything this weekend!
Does your family celebrate this holiday? What are some of your family traditions?