Three Kings Day
Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and JCPenney. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

As the customary 12 days of Christmas come to an end, children in Mexico and other Latin American cultures celebrate Three Kings Day. January 6th is held as the commemorative date that the three wise men (Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar) presented baby Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Therefore, it is on this day that many of them receive gifts as well.

Three Kings Day

Three Kings Day

Traditionally, children would leave out their shoes for gifts to be left behind. And, just as we wait until Christmas Day to add baby Jesus to our nativity scene, the wise men are not added until January 6th. Once they arrive, the gifts do as well. Nowadays the Three Kings tend to leave the gifts under the Christmas tree rather than in the children’s shoes. Shopping at JCPenney makes the gift giving easy. With one stop, you can find that one, perfect gift for everyone in the family.

rosca de reyes

There is also a culinary treat associated with the holiday. The “Rosca de Reyes,” or King’s Cake, is round to represent a King’s crown. Baked inside is a small figurine that represents baby Jesus. It symbolizes how his birth had to be hidden in order for his life to be spared. Whoever finds the figure inside their piece of cake will then be the host of the next party.

Whereas the celebrations can be different for each family, the meaning still remains. Three Kings Day pays homage to the three wise men who brought Jesus gifts and recognized his importance. These same thoughts mold into our traditions of Christmas and we are able to combine the cultures. Teaching the children to partake in the customs of my ancestors, as well as the ways of the world we now live in, is a task worth doing. After all, our history makes us who we are today.

JCPenney

JCPenney

JCPenney wants to share the spirit of Christmas – the real spirit that lives in Latino homes in the US, a celebration of real-life Holiday traditions. JCPenney will be the first retail brand that celebrates what a REAL Christmas is like for Latinos through stories by Latino children and their families.

Through the voice of real people and families JCPenney has chosen real choir singer, boys and girls, to be part of the JCPenney choir and help tell the stories of their multicultural families and how they experience holidays in the US.

What is your family’s holiday story?

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