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“Real Holidays by Real Families” Three King’s Day

THIS IS PART OF A SPONSORED COLLABORATION WITH LATINA MOM BLOGGERS AND JCPENNEY. HOWEVER, ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN.

The Christmas holidays may be over for us, but in Mexico they are just getting ready to celebrate. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own traditions that we forget not everyone celebrates the holidays like us here in America. In Mexico, January 6th is a special day. It is Christmas in Mexico but it’s not Santa that brings the gifts, but the Three Wise Men. The tradition in Mexico also involves gift giving but there is also food specific to this day. “Rosca de Reyes” which means the Kings Cake is a sweet bread and is usually served with hot chocolate.

Check out the video to below of Alondra talking about her family’s tradition in Mexico. This is the third and last video in the “Real Holidays by Real Families” series by JCPenney. Ive really enjoyed watching the video series that JCPenney put together and seeing how other families celebrate the holidays. You can watch the first video or second video in the series if you missed any. I encourage you to join in the conversation they have going on over on the JCPenney Latino Facebook page.

 

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This year was the first year to celebrate with both our girls. The baby was too little to know what was really going on but my toddler, she loved every minute of it. With all the family around, the Christmas tree, the lights and of course her new toys, it was easy to see that she had a great Christmas. And we definitely did too. Christmas is way more fun now that I have my own kids. I was excited to wake up on Christmas morning, not because of my gifts, but because I would get to see the smile on her face.

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I hope you enjoyed the video series! I loved reading all the comments left from everyone over the last few weeks and reading how you and your family celebrate. One fun tradition I think we are starting is the matching PJ’s on Christmas Eve for Christmas morning photos.

The best photo of them together. But they are wearing matching Dora the Explorer PJ”s. 🙂

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Now it’s time to get ready for the new year! Happy Holidays!!

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17 Comments

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    Lawna
    December 27, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Very interesting to learn about holiday traditions in Mexico. Your right, so often we get wrapped up in our own celebrations we tend to forget that other countries celebrate in different ways and dates. When ours has ended here, Mexico’s is yet to begin until the following year.

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    Me And My Mini Me
    December 27, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I loved that you included the different traditions in different cultures. That’s so awesome. I know that I try to bring as much of my families “old world” traditions to the holidays, especially now with my daughter. I know that in Hispanic culture there’s also different food that goes with the “Dia de los Reyes” (I think that’s how it’s spelt). Like in my family, we call Santa, Babbo Natale which almost translates to Father Christmas, we also have a bread like dessert we serve on Christmas Eve with this really rich hot chocolate. I try to incorporate as much of the Italian culture as I can in our Holidays because I really don’t want my daughter to miss out on her heritage. I love this post and your daughters are so precious. I am glad you all had such a fantastic Christmas. Happy New Years Doll.

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    Anita Breeze
    December 27, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Your family is very beautiful. I do like that tradition of the matching pajamas. My grandkids all get new jammies for Christmas as well.

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    GossipMoms (@GossipMoms)
    December 28, 2013 at 4:15 am

    you have a beautiful family, & I know you lit up like a christmas tree when you seen your babies open up their gifts, great post

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    Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    December 28, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I’ve never heard of Three King’s Day, so thank you for telling us about it – I learned something new today. Your family is beautiful.

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    Ashley Gill
    December 28, 2013 at 9:01 am

    You know, I never knew that Mexico celebrated on Jan 6th… With the title of Three Kings Day, it seems a lot more religious than our normal Santa Claus.. I love the pictures of your girls! It looks like they had a great time, and lucky for them… they get to celebrate again!

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    Aisha Kristine Chong
    December 28, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Your family is so cute and lovely. I never really knew about 3 kings day – this is really something new for me. 🙂 Your girls are sooo adorable!

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    Sarah Bailey
    December 28, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Oh wow how interesting I had no idea! I actually love the idea of the three wise men bringing the gifts those so nice! Beautiful pictures as well x

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    Pam
    December 28, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I have friends who celebrate 3 Kings day. It is so interesting to learn about different holiday traditions.

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    marielle altenor
    December 28, 2013 at 11:23 am

    you are a beautiful family. This is the firs time hearing about Three kings day (haven’t been to church in years…). Hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year!

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    Mommy2Jam
    December 28, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing about the traditions in Mexico. Its so nice to learn about different cultures and how they celebrate, thank you again for sharing. By the way you have an adorable family too!

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    Amanda Love ~ Growing Up Madison
    December 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Never knew about the 3 Kings Day. It’s great knowing about new traditions. Love the family photo. I hope you had a great Christmas.

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    Theresa
    December 28, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I think I really like the idea of the 3 Wise Men bringing gifts! And the matching pj’s are cute!

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    Mel Cole
    December 28, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    So cute little girls in bow and reindeer headband 🙂 That’s a great tradition you have 🙂

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    Tough Cookie Mommy
    December 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I love teaching our kids about Three Kings Day. It was such an important part of my childhood growing up in a Latino family that it is a tradition that I definitely want to impart to my own children.

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    Chrishelle
    December 28, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Thanks for teaching me about Three Kings Day. I love teaching my kids about traditions from other countries. We celebrate a few traditions passed on by our German ancestors. I think it is really important to pass on your heritage to your children. You have a beautiful family.

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    Ronnie
    December 29, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Awww I love that last picture. It’s going to be such a great memory for you guys, and it’s a wonderful picture full of love. 🙂
    It’s amusing to me how the three kings day is a much bigger deal in most Latin American countries than the 24th/25th. I don’t celebrate either, but my friend would be giddy w/excitement in early January for los reyes magos.

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