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DIY Three Kings Ornaments

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Epiphany is in 5 days, and we are so excited!  Of course, our Christmas tree is still up and we’re making Three Kings Ornaments.

This year I really wanted to make these ornaments,  and it’s really hard, and nearly impossible to find king shaped cookie cutters.  So I made my own, and so can you. You just need a little bit of creativity.

Three Kings Salt Dough Ornaments

Use aluminium cookie cutters that you can reshape:

 

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Free Three Kings Day / Epiphany / Día de Reyes Printable Cupcake Toppers

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I love the cute printable that I’m sharing with you today.  With Día de Reyes quickly approaching it’s the perfect cupcake topper for your fiesta, or Día de Reyes event.  
I baked cupcakes for a Christmas party that I hosted, and I made these cupcake toppers to give them an extra special touch! 
As a bonus I’m including a Feliz Navidad poinsettia labels.  There are 24 per page for exactly 2 dozen cupcakes. 
Enjoy! 

Christmas Traditions: 6 Ways to Celebrate Three Kings Day in Puerto Rico

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Three Kings Day is one of the most important celebration in Puerto Rico.

The last time we were in Puerto Rico during the holidays was when little one was 6 months old. I took him to Puerto Rico to meet la familia and it was during the month of December.
This past Christmas,  hubby, little man and I all went to Puerto Rico! This was a holiday vacation that had been a year in the making. I planned every single detail of this trip, and the one celebration that I really looked forward to was Three Kings Day! I wanted my son to experience celebrating Día de Reyes in Puerto Rico.
Sadly, a few days before the big day, my sweet father-in-law passed away. We flew back home on Three Kings day on January 6.

Although, we didn’t celebrate as I had planned little one did have fun:

1)  On the eve of Three Kings Day make sure to cut some grass for the king’s camels. 

2)  Visit La Lomita de los Vientos.

 
La Lomita is actually a hill right across the Capitol building overlooking the ocean. It has been set-up as a replica of Bethlehem, where you will see a live re-creation that leads up to the night Jesus was born, and the visit of the Magi.  Our son received a traditional box to use for the camel’s grass, and a booklet of  Puerto Rican Christmas carols. 

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3)  Visit La Casa Museo de Reyes in Juana Diaz.

 
 

4)  Santa pictures? Forget that! Have pictures taken with Los Reyes. We found them at Plaza Las Americas (a mall). 

 

5)  Visit La Fortaleza where the governor and his family will have a traditional Fiesta de Reyes. It’s an all-day event with a tour around el Palacio Santa Catalina, a Christmas concert, and toys are handed out to the children. 

 

6)  Participate in a Día de Reyes festival and parade.  The one is Juana Diaz is actually the most popular one with a caravan that drives past various towns, and cities. 

Most importantly, enjoy this day with family and loved and always remember the true spirit of Christmas.

Verde Navidad {Green Christmas} Children’s Book

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Finding children’s book about the lovely tradition of El Día de Reyes, and holiday celebrations in Puerto Rico has been difficult. 
However, I was so lucky to find this children’s book Verde Navidad / Green Christmas by authors Mrinali Alvarez Astacio and Juan Alvarez-O’Neill.  
This is a story of Juanito, Victoria, Adelita and Abuela who comes to visit from “el campo” (in Puerto Rico it is referred to be living out in the country) who are excited to celebrate Three Kings Day! Traditionally on the eve of Epiphany children leave grass for the camels (or in this case the horses) and the kings leave treat behind. However, living in the city this has become quite a challenge until their father tells them to get creative.
This book is great for parents wanting to instill the tradition of the Three Kings in their children even if they are not living in “el campo.” Or for parents raising bicultural children as in my case. I want my child to feel just as excited for the Three Kings as he does with Santa; even if we don’t have green grass because of the cold winters all we have to do is get creative. 🙂

Are you looking for ideas on how to celebrate Three Kings Day (Día de Reyes) with your kids? 
Be sure to check my Three Kings Day Pinterest Board! 

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Three Kings Day Fiesta for Kids

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Three Kings Day is a major celebration in our home as well as in many Latin American countries.  For us it is the culmination of the holiday festivities that kicked-off with Thanksgiving.

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As in years past, we love to celebrate this day with little one’s friends. Letting them take part is a wonderful way to give them a little insight into our Latin holiday celebration.
This year we had a Three Kings Day fiesta!

As an introduction I read to the kids Mommy Maestra’s Day of the Magi – Dia de los Reyes – Bilingual Minibook. I highly recommend this minibook because it explains the story of the magi, and everything that entails the celebration of El Día de Reyes from the rosca de reyes to the shoes, and the shoe box.

FOOD 

Can I begin by saying  how excited I was to find a Mexican bakery not too far from our home that bakes the famous rosca de reyes (king’s cake)!?    I also found in Walmart “Abuelita’s Mexican chocolate.” Double score! Since the party was during noon time, I served sandwiches in the shape of a king (with a cookie cutter), fresh fruit, a cookie; and  I sliced the rosca de reyes and put them on a plate served with warm (not hot) Mexican chocolate.  The kids had a blast going through each slice of bread looking for the small “baby Jesus”, and they found two!

MOVIE
To get the party started the kids  watched Dora Celebrates Three Kings Day! DVD. This movie is not the story of the magi, but it does get the kids excited about Three Kings day.

CHILDREN’S BOOK 

I read the book Verde Navidad.  The date is set on the eve of Three King’s Day January 5.  It’s a sweet book about an Abuela who visits her grandkids in the city. She brings shoe boxes for them to fill with grass for the horses (in this story the Three Kings travel by horse and not camels).  They set out to look for grass, but living in a big city they can’t find any.    Luckily, Papá tells them to color and cut green paper to put in the shoe boxes, and on Three Kings Day the kids wake up to treats and gifts.

 
CRAFT ACTIVITY 

The kids made king’s crown with strips of colored paper that they decorated with glitter, and decorative appliques. They also colored Three Kings coloring pages.

GAME

I made glitter stars in card stock paper, and cut in squares.  I hid the stars out in the yard for the kids to search symbolizing how the magi searched for the star of Bethlehem.  This game had a twist on how it was played. I hid the stars, and if they were close or far away, I’d say “frío o caliente”(hot or cold}. Hot if they were close, cold if they were totally off! This was a childhood game that I learned and played when I was a child in Puerto Rico.   They really enjoyed themselves, and had lots of fun.

The Three Kings Day fiesta was a success! How do you celebrate El Día de Reyes? Little one has his grass ready!

The day that the Three Wise Men were met with Santa Claus Spanish Children’s Book

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Thanksgiving marks the beginning of our Christmas holiday countdown. The tree is up with the decorations, our ottoman in the living room is filled with Christmas books, Santa Claus figurines adorn our home, and the Nativity is set-up in a special place by the Christmas tree with Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus, and the Three Wise Men Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. 

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Letters for both Santa, and the Three Kings (the magi) have been written and mailed off. As a multicultural familia we have been celebrating both traditions Santa, and the birth of baby Jesus on Christmas day with the subsequent visit of the magi. 
So what would happen if one day the Three Kings actually ran into Santa Claus? I was delighted when I found this book El dia que los Reyes Magos se toparon con Santa Claus / The day that the Three Wise Men were met with Santa Claus (Leer Es Vivir) (Spanish Edition)

This is an adorable story of a little girl who writes to both Santa Claus and the Three Wise Men asking for the same exact things on both letters. Well Santa Claus happens to be at the house on December 24th Christmas eve to deliver his gifts.  
The Three Wise Men  were following  the star on a cloudy night, and ended up at the same address where Santa was! They walked right into the house while Santa was there!  They were instantly baffled, and startled! 
My child started laughing!  It was so funny because they were all surprised! Wondering who’s who, and what were they all doing in the house? With all the confusion, and noise the little boy wakes up to find them all in the living room with the gifts.  After a moment of silence Santa says, “Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas!” The Wise  Men realized that it was Christmas, and not January 6th. In the end, the kids keep one gift each and at their mother’s request all the other gifts were given to needy children. 
My son really enjoyed this children’s book. It brings together two traditions that we as a multicultural familia celebrate.  We were able to see the differences with Santa, his reindeer, and elves; and the Three Kings with their camels, and the king’s helpers.   
The publisher’s of the book also has some extension ideas to this book, but they are in Spanish. We’ve been having lots of fun gearing up for El Día de Reyes that we also made gingerbread wise men! 

Dora the Explorer: Dora Celebrates Three Kings Day!

We’ve been watching YouTube videos (like the one below), and Dora Celebrates Three Kings Day DVD. Soon we’ll be decorating the shoe box that will have grass in it for the camels.

             

Would you like to know how we’ve been celebrating, or how-to-host a Three Kings cultural play date, or how this day is celebrated around the world? Just click on the picture below:

¡Feliz Día de Reyes! 

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Three Kings Day and Epiphany Around the World

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During this holiday season Christians across the world celebrate Christmas, and the Epiphany. The Epiphany or Twelfth Day is the celebration of the three wise men who followed the star to Bethlehem looking for baby Jesus. They followed the star to bring Jesus gifts of gold, myrrh, and frankincense 12 days after he was born. 

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To my surprise, Day of the Magi or El Día de Reyes is not solely a Latin American tradition it is also celebrated in many European countries as well. 
I’ve compiled a wonderful selection of multicultural children’s book, and I reached out to a wonderful group of mommas from the +Multicultural Kid Blogs, and asked how they celebrated this season. 

Multicultural children’s books about Christmas and The Magi (Three Kings Day and Epiphany) Around the World 
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 Three Kings Day and Epiphany Traditions Around the World 

From the mouths of our multicultural mommas across the globe: 

Italy

+Ute Limacher-Riebold from Expat Since Birth shares different versions of this popular legend La Befana who is a kindly old witch bearing gifts by climbing down the chimney in Italy on January 5th. She shares with us  the different legends surrounding this popular character in Italy. 
I love how she celebrates with her multicultural family!  She expresses the following:  “I celebrated it in Italy, now in NL a bit less… In our family we have a very “personal” way to celebrate all this: the “Heilinge Drei Könige” (Dia de Reyes) and Befana together but also Sinterklaas/Sankt Nikolaus. We came up with a funny explanation: that Sankt Nikolaus is like the brother of La Befana, or that they inspire one another… I think it would be very interesting to know how multicultural families justify the celebration of multiple festivities. It can be quite challenging and I know families where parents don’t agree with part of the traditional celebrations of their partners culture(s)…” You can read her post here

France

In France it’s a tradition to eat La Galette des Rois! Do I have a treat for you! Three wonderful bloggers share how they celebrate this tradition, and two of them share recipes! 
+Annabelle Humanes from The Piri-Piri Lexicon shares a yummy recipe of La galette des Rois: a French Three Kings Day cake.
+Maria Babin from Trilingual Mama shares an Almond cream pastry recipe.  
Germany
From Stroud Is All Over the Place shares a beautiful tradition on children singing and knocking on doors honoring Three Kings Day in Germany.   Three Kings Cake is also served that night to celebrate the occasion.
+Sasha Martin  from Global Table Adventures shares a delicious recipe:  A Cake for 3 Kings (Dreikönigskuchen).

Spain


Puerto Rico

Celebrating El Día de Reyes in Puerto Rico is huge! They have their own Museo de Reyes! A museum dedicated to the magi.  Decorating shoe boxes, and placing them by the bed with some grass in it, and water is also part of the tradition. I myself, continue to nourish this family tradition even if we’re living in the U.S.A. We’ve also had cultural playdates, and playgroups where the kids decorate their boxes

Poland

+Olga Mecking  from the European Mama shares her traditions: “We write the initials of the three kings on the door (K(acper)+M(elchior)+B(altazar) with chalk and then the year (for example now it’d be K+M+B, 2014). I think it is also the time the Christmas Tree is dismantled. They are the names of the Three Kings I’ve learned at church.”

Per Ute from Expat Since Birth the inscriptions above the door is a tradition that can also be seen in in Germany, Switzerland,  Italy, and in the Netherlands as well.

México

+Monica Olivera from Mommy Maestra has a wealth of information on celebrating El Día de Reyes! A Mini-Concert, Spanish language books on Los Reyes Magos, and if you’re looking to do some activities she has a free printable here, and lesson plans and more activities here

If you’re looking for more book suggestions  +Carrie P. from Crafty Moms Share offers a ton of suggestions on Multicultural Christmas books that you can’t miss!

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Feliz Día de Reyes {Happy Three Kings Day}

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Que la ilusión y alegría de la llegada de los Reyes Magos reine en su hogar. 
Today is one of those days that I wish my little one was celebrating el Día de Reyes in Puerto Rico. On the eve of the Epiphany of the Three Kings children are filling their shoe boxes with grass or hay, and tucking them under their beds and ready to go to bed early.  On the morning of January 6th children are jumping out their beds to look inside the shoe boxes! No hay or grass! In exchange for their kindness on leaving hay or grass for the camels the Three Kings leave treats (toys and/or candy) behind. Since it’s a holiday in Puerto Rico children and adults alike will enjoy a day off. 
Little one was only 6 months old when he visited Puerto Rico for the first time, and it was also during Three Kings day. However, he was too young to remember.  Since we live in the U.S. I make an effort to pass on the cultural traditions that I grew up with, and that are very much part of our Latin culture. We had so much sharing this tradition with his friends last year during a playdate that we hosted another one this year as well. 
Yesterday afternoon little one and I went to our backyard to find grass. Since it was so cold we managed to get a little bit, but my child wasn’t happy stating that we had to feed three camels! So we got some more grass. 🙂  As we walked in the house, he was holding the shoe box filled with grass tightly so it wouldn’t fall, and placed it by his bed. 
It’s such a joy to see our son’s excitement!  Do you celebrate El Día de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings/Magi Day?)  Please comment, like, share or pin. 
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Celebrating Día de Reyes: Decorate a Shoe Box Craft

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As in years past we are getting ready to celebrate Three Kings Day or El Día de Reyes.  Last year we hosted our very first cultural playdate. This year I didn’t plan to have another Three Kings playdate, but I couldn’t help but use this theme for little one’s very first Spanish playdate! (More about that in another post).  

We read the Los Tres Reyes (a caballo) Spanish Edition. This is a sweet and old tale of how the Three Kings arrived on Puerto Rico! They reach the island by flying on a cloud, and with the help of a horse they visit all the children’s home delivering gifts on the eve of January 6.  I love the simplicity of the story, and the colorful images that captures the littles attention. 
To keep them entertained, I made copies of the Free Christmas Coloring Book in Spanish From Bebe Lanugo from Spanglish Baby and the children colored “los reyes y pastores” coloring sheet. Then for the fun part! Decorate a shoe box! They used puffy paint, stickers, and markers to decorate the boxes. The shoe boxes are said to be placed under the child’s bed with grass/hay for the camels or horse, and some water. The Three Kings in exchange will leave behind gifts, and treats for the little ones.  
Do you celebrate El Día de Reyes?  Let me know! Comment, like, share or pin! 
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