Monday, January 4, 2010

I'm Back!!!

Hi everyone....I'm back!

I do hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's celebration. My family and I had a beautiful, fun-filled and enjoyable holiday, which we were fortunate enough to spend in the company of family and friends. But the celebration is not over for us quite just yet....There is one more festivity that awaits us. This festivity traditionally marks the last day of the Christmas season for us.

On the 6th of January we celebrate El Dia de los Tres Reyes Magos or The Three Kings Day also known as The Feast of the Epiphany. It is a festivity traditionally celebrated in Mexico and in many other Latin countries. The kids love it because on the eve of this day they get to put one of their shoes out for the Magi to leave a present under...yay more presents! The following day the whole family gets together for a feast which includes the traditional Rosca de Reyes or Epiphany Bread, which is a sweet and very delicious bread. (See picture below)

This particular bread has a little something extra baked inside of it.

Yes, it's a little baby, weird huh? But oh so much fun. The rules are, if you are the person who finds this little surprise in your slice of bread you get to throw a party. Yeah!!! Traditionally the party is thrown on February 2nd, which is when Catholics celebrate El Dia de la Candelaria or Candlemas, and which is technically the last day of the Christmas season according to the Catholic calender. However, our family typically doesn't celebrate Candlemas but hey, we'll take any excuse to throw a party :-) Anyway, the Three Kings Day festivity is a wonderful tradition which has been celebrated by our family ever since I can remember and which I love, love, love because I get to enjoy the Christmas holiday for just a bit longer :-) Happy Three Kings Day everyone!

Thank you all for stopping by.

I missed you all terribly and I can't wait to come and visit with you.

Wishing you all a very blessed New Year full of love, peace, happiness, and tons of laughter.


Hugs and Kisses,

31 comments:

Jacque said...

What great traditions! That what life and family are all about and what keeps them united!! I do hope you enjoy the rest of the festivities. I look forward to reading about them!

Best Wishes for a Happy New Year Ana...

All My Yesterdays said...

Hi again, glad you had a fun Holiday. And so cool that you keep celebrating! Love your new look on here too...
Have a great week

Sea Witch said...

Ana, I love the Epiphany Bread. My dad would bring that home when I was a little girl. We were "Kosher Catholics" and celebrated a lot of traditions. Epiphany bread was not a part of either, by that never stopped my dad from introducing other traditions into our family. I loved it. So glad you had a lovely holiday and I look forward to reading your blog adventures and words each day. Sea Witch

Cindy said...

Hello dear Ana, I missed you, I love the idea of another day for celebration and gifts, too! I could handle that. Thank you so much for the Christmas card, it was such a lovely surprise. You are a sweetie. Hugs, Cindy S.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Happy New Year Ana! So happy that you had a wonderful holiday! How interesting to hear of your ongoing holiday tradition. The bread looks delicious! Welcome Back!~Hugs, Patti

Deb said...

Happy New Year....they sell the bread at our supermarket....looks good...

Willow said...

Welcome back. So glad to hear about your Christmas.

Willow

The Garden Bell said...

Happy return. That bread sure look yummie. I couldn't figure out what that noise was until I scroll down. I thought my computer was sparking... tooo fun. Thanks for stopping by my garden for a visit.

CC said...

Hi Ana,
What a wonderful tradition. I hope you get to enjoy it with all the people you love..and that you have great fun.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Glad to hear you have had a nice holiday. That cake is the same as the King Cakes they do at Mardi Gras in New Orleans. A lot of Catholics in Louisiana so I am sure that religion and tradition gets all mixed together to come up with all these customs. Interesting! Enjoy your continued celebrations! Wishing you much peace, joy and love in this new year. Tammy

Vicki said...

Hello, dear Ana,
I am so glad to hear you are back with us and had such a fun holiday with family and friends. I loved hearing the tradition of Three Kings Day! Is the baby in the bread supposed to represent baby Jesus? I always enjoy hearing about traditions from other countries and cultures. After all, that is what makes life so much more interesting. Thank you for always stopping by for a visit at Bunny Cottage and your kind friendship! Much love and many blessings being sent your way! Vicki

Amy said...

We celebrate Three Kings Day, too! Everybody looks at me funny when I tell them we do...so I'm glad to have found somebody else who celebrates! (Jan. 6th is also my birthday. and my husband's name is Jesus. Coincidence? Hmmm.)

sunshine said...

Oh man. I'd be praying that I didn't find that baby. LOL
I'm partied out!

So glad that you are back! You were missed. :D

((Hugs))
Laura

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Ana... I have missed you! I am so happy you and your family have had (and still are) having a wonderful holiday season... The Three Kings Day sounds wonderful...and the Epiphany Bread looks yummy!... xoxo Julie Marie

maría cecilia said...

Hola Ana, què bueno que hayas regresado..so good to know that you had a great vacation time in the company of family and friends, what can be better??
There´s has been a long time since I didn´t heard about Los Reyes Magos, actually I had forgot it, so good to hear it again!!!
Hope this new year we keep visiting each other.
Muchos cariños,
Maria Cecilia

Gina said...

What a fun post! I remember as a kid, my mom would always say we have to leave the Christmas decorations up until the Feast of the Epiphany. I love that you celebrate it.

Jen said...

What a sweet tradition, love it! Happy New Year blessings to you!

BellaRosa said...

Ana amor, welcome back chica! You have been missed :) Hmmm you must be Mexican too no?? I mean the one thing I have learned from this side of my heritage is that we use any reason to party :) Abuelos, padres, hermanos y hermanas, Tias and tios, primos y primas...my stars when just more than a couple get together...amor..we are a party :) Hope you get the bebe to throw the party...you know I have yet to get one...Hope this New Year is filled with nothing but hope & happiness for us all! Besos, Rose

Sarah said...

Ana, we don't celebrate Three Kings Day, but I've always loved hearing about this tradition. We've friends who celebrate. I'm happy you are back. I always enjoy my visits to A Petite Cottage.
Happy New Year! ~ Sarah

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Ana, it all sounds wonderful to me. So glad to have you back, little one.

Barb ♥

Linda said...

Welcome back Ana...glad to hear that you had a wonderful holiday...hoping you have a great THREE KINGS DAY. I'm going to grab your button...maybe you can grab mine too:)

Take care,
Linda

June said...

Hi Ana,
What an awesome tradition! I love it when I learn new things, and I just learned something that I never knew. I'm with you in that I will find anything to celebrate!lol
It's good to see you back dear friend

Kerri ~ ArtisanBella.com said...

H Ana, I loved reading your post. In our family we do not take our tree down until Jan.6th because the church still celebrates Christmas til then :) so we have something in common. I like to visit your blog and will be back soon!

Kate said...

Hi Ana

Loved this post. I missed you so glad that you are back!!! Thank you for the love and friendship that you always bless my heart with.

love you
Kate

Atelier de Charo said...

Feliz Pascua de Reyes!!!

Stacey said...

Hi Ana! Your festitivies sound like so much fun. I am glad you and your family are enjoying them. The Epiphany bread looks so good. Did you get the piece with the doll in it? xoxo

~PakKaramu~ said...

Happy new year 2010 to you and falily

GWENDOLYN said...

So happy you are back. Looking forward to more visits with you this year. Blessings always!
Gwen

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Loly Rodriguez said...

Hello Ana, I have happened awhile ideally visiting his blog and I could not have happened without leaving a comment, especially when I have seen this photography.
In Spain also we feast the day of The Magi,
Here it has be for breakfast by the Kings' roscón
The night from January 5 to January 6 we all go to the Christmas tree, (where we leave the shoes in the soil) The Magi leave his gifts for children and big this night and in the morning to the awakening we go it is necessary to see and to enjoy the gifts that have brought us, is like his day of Holy Claus or
Father Christmas.
I hope that this year they enjoy also his Kings' roscon.
Happy very anticipated Holidays