Happy New Year! The Christmas season is about to end and I hope everyone has had an amazing holiday! Today is Día de Los Reyes (January 6)! If you celebrate Three Kings’ Day, then you know exactly what I mean. In our Mexican household, Epiphany (Día de Los Reyes!) marked the 12th day of Christmas and the official end to the festive season. The day starts off with children in Latin America, Spain and now all over the U.S receiving gifts in the shoes they left out for the Three Kings the night before. It’s a happy day that ends with people sharing a rosca de reyes (wreath of kings) with a nice cup of hot chocolate.
I drove 25 minutes to a nearby town in New Jersey to pick up this rosca. I documented it all on Snapchat. Did you catch it? (Pssst! @MyFriendBetty). I’ll tell you anyway! I found a Colombian bakery by the name of Rico Pan Bakery in Morristown (their coffee…omaiga) and when I have a craving for pan dulce or empanadas…ya se! It was the perfect little bakery and my rosca was waiting!
The dry candy on top of this pan dulce represents the crown’s jewels and there is a small Baby Jesus doll inside the bread to represent the hiding from King Herod. Tonight we will be sharing la rosca with friends and I hope the boys like their small gifts and “gold nuggets” the Kings left for them. I did a quick photo shoot yesterday to share with you today.
So our Christmas tree and decorations can officially come down now. It is truly important for me to have the boys understand the true meaning of Christmas. My mom always waited until after January 6th to put everything away and to do it sooner just wouldn’t be the same. I love mixing old traditions with the new.
Do you celebrate Día de Los Reyes? Check out my Instagram today for an image of the shoes and small gift! Feliz día!