Every year I get on the campaign trail, no I am not running for public office…yet! Instead I try to get my family WHOLE family to downgrade their Christmas celebrations in favor of the fun, traditional and insanely more affordable, Día De Los Reyes Magos, or Three Kings Day. And every year I get SOME family members to jump on the bandwagon.
Three Kings Day, or Epiphany, is celebrated 12 days after Christmas (the end of the 12 days of Christmas), this year it is on January 6th and marks when the three wise men, Gaspar, Balthasar & Melchior (great Biblical trivia to know) came on camels to bring baby Jesus gifts of frankincense, myrrh and gold. Three Kings Day is celebrated all over the world, but in Latin America it was a bigger holiday than even Christmas! Unfortunately because of all the hype around Christmas more and more families are adopting December 25th and turning their backs on the wise men. I say, lets bring back the Kings!
For one reason, the way that the holiday is celebrated is so traditional, quaint and charming and all about QUALITY time with one another versus QUANTITY. Children leave food (grass and corn) and water for the camels, who are hungry and thirsty from their long trip across the desert, and in exchange the kings leave them gifts, hopefully not just frankincense, myrrh. But in this day and age, one of the best reasons to celebrate Three Kings Day is the tremendous sales there are after Christmas that Three Kings Day celebrants get to take advantage of, and I am all about the cheap and cheerful holiday!
After a family dinner, which we will be having this evening, we traditionally would make a sweet bread ring, called Rosca De Reyes (or Roscon De Reyes) and baked INSIDE of the bread is a little figurine of the baby Jesus.