Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Sweet Traditions

When my mom was a little girl, growing up in Mexico, the celebration of Christ's birth was not limited to only one day. It continued 12 more days until the 6th of January...Epiphany or better know as Three Kings' Day. This is the day which celebrates the Three Wise Kings' arrival at the site of baby Jesus' birth baring their gifts. When my mom was a child it was tradition for children to leave their shoe out on the porch on the eve of the 6th for The Kings so that they would know where to leave a gift for them. It was a sweet tradition she passed down to my sisters and I and that my hubby and I passed down to our daughter. Although she is all grown up now she still puts her shoe out...Hee, hee, hee.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Three Kings' Eve.
Don't forget to leave your shoe out ;-)

Hugs and Kisses,


Marie-Anne said...

Happy New Year, dear Ana!!! May 2016 be full of joy, love and good health for you and your family!!!
In Greece, also, Christmas celebrations last until the Epiphany, with a mass for the 'blessing of the waters' tomorrow morning, at every beach, river or lake of the country.
However, the children put their shoes by the fireplace on New Year's eve, for Saint Basil to leave presents for them.
I wish you a happy Epiphany!
Many hugs!!!!

BECKY said...

Aw...how sweet, Ana. I agree that the Christmas celebration needs to be longer!! My 17 you daughter and I were talking about that!! Maybe we will start a tradition of making Christmas 2-3 days instead of just one.

Happy New Year!!

Alessandra said...

We celebrate Christmas until Epiphany in Italy too. We have the tradition of the stockings. The children find a stocking full of sweets and candies in the day fo Epiphany.Your picture is stunning.

Mari said...

Ana, Happy Three Kings Day...
My mom and dad are from Puerto Rico and celebrate the 6 of January ;-)


Consider It All Joy said...

I honestly had never heard of this tradition, Ana! I better quickly run out and put my shoes on the porch, maybe I will get a present :) Many blessings for a peaceful and joy filled 2016. Cindy

Claudia said...

Hello Ana, my sweet friend, what a lovely tradition! I did never hear about this ...
HAve a wonderful 6th january, my Dear!
Wishing you a wonderful, happy, lucky and healthy New Year!
Lots of Love,hugs and blessings,
♥ Claudia ♥

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOod morning sweet Ana! I am late.....I had to go back to school on Monday but with A BANG! I had a medical emergency to tend to on both Monday and yesterday, making it difficult for me to navigate some of my favorite on-line worlds...Oh do I remember my mother's stories about these celebrations. Though she was born and raised in Los Angeles, she did live in Mexico for a year or two. These traditions are well-celebrated and with much GUSTO! Enjoy the rest of your holidays. Much love! Anita

Teresa said...

Never one to pass a gift, I see ahahahah
We celebrate the gifting on Christmas but on our neighbor Spain it was last night or this morning. Los Reyes are the ones baring gifts indeed.
Although no gifts today we will have some Tea, some Three Kings' Cake and do some reading of the Scriptures - it's a wonderful way to celebrate this magical season.
Stopped by to wish you a Happy New Year full of Joy, Hope and Love,

Leslie said...

I love that Anna!!!!! I was so happy in church this past sunday when they started to mass with the choir singing The First Noel. I was sick ... really sick, the week of Christmas and missed my favorite Christmas eve mass. Although I had the true meaning of Christmas in my heart, I just wasn't feeling it this year. With all of the bad things happening in this world and around me, I needed church and I couldn't go. Anyway.. Sunday as we were singing I couldn't stop the tears from falling. Happy tears, at that moment, even though the Christmas decorations were gone, presents were opened.. for the first time of the season, I felt it. : ) I'm going to look into more of the Christmas traditions.. I want Christmas to last.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Happy New Year sweet friend! I look forward to hanging out here- getting inspired!

Daniela said...

Your shot is so charming, Ana, and so meaningful !
We also in Italy have this tradition and, according to different regions, we use to fill with candies a stocking or a brogue, which is better, it's definitely wider than a stocking, isn't it ;) ?!?
Thank you for this lovely post, have a wonderful end of your week,
sending hugs

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

What a wonderful tradition! I love reading about different Christmas traditions around the world and how they're followed today. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Ana!

A Romantic Porch said...

That is so awesome. I have never heard of " Three Kings Day" in reference to Epiphany. We put our shoes out on Christmas Eve. Happy New Year!

A Romantic Porch said...

That is so awesome. I have never heard of " Three Kings Day" in reference to Epiphany. We put our shoes out on Christmas Eve. Happy New Year!