A Day Fit for a King

Thanksgiving used to be my favorite holiday.  If I still lived in the U.S. it would probably continue to be my favorite.  But I haven't lived in the States for 10 years now. Thanksgiving celebrations here just aren't the same, no matter how much I wish them to be.  So it's only natural that I have adopted a new favorite holiday, Dia de los Santos Reyes (Three Kings Day). 

In our family, celebrating Los Reyes Magos (The 3 Wisemen/Magi) isn't about giving or receiving gifts, it's about spending time with family.

Every January 5th, you will find us gathered around the table drinking a steaming cup of Mexican Hot Chocolate, talking, laughing and waiting to see who will find El Niño Dios (the Christ child) in their slice of Rosca de Reyes (Three Kings Day bread). 

For those of you unfamiliar with Three Kings Day, whoever finds the Christ child has to make the tamales and/or atole for El Dia de la Candelaria on February 2nd.

This year, I was one of the lucky ones, as were Nick, Ashley, my suegro, my nephew Ivan, Dr. Manny and our special guest, Padre Javier (priest/friend of the family).  Most people dread finding El Niño Dios in the Rosca, because they don't want to make the tamales.  But finding El Niño Dios also means that we will be very blessed throughout the year.

Again, not a bad way to start off the new year!  


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