We are a two language two culture family which means we celebrate a blend of two different traditions during each holiday. It's still ingrained in me that once we ring in the New Year the seasonal festivities come to an end.
But each year as we ease into January, my boys can't wait for Three Kings Day. Yesterday, we attended the annual Reyes Magos party with the families from Spain like we've always done. Nothing has changed except all the children have grown so much since last year. The hot chocolate was thick and rich like pudding and the roscas de reyes bread used to soak up the chocolate was as sweet as ever.
The boys were anxious to get home to write their letters to Los Reyes, after which we set fire to so they were free for the Wise Men to find. (However, we couldn't bear to burn their precious letters so sneakily switched them out for some impostors).
Then the traditional plate of carrot (for the horse), hay (for the camel) and peanuts (for the elephant) were left next to a shoe of each boy. In the morning...presents!
The boys received some very fun games! Anyone ever played The Settler's of Catan? It came highly recommended (by the wise men, of course!) and we can't wait to play. We should have plenty of time tomorrow though...as of Friday our Governor made a statewide mandatory closing of all schools due to severe cold temperatures. Half of the U.S. will be affected tonight...we are looking at -28 degrees. Naturally, opening the preschool in the morning is out of the question. So pajama/game day it will be. Feliz dia de los tres reyes!! (if you celebrate). And for all my neighbors-stay warm tonight!!