January 6, 2015
Today is the “Day of the Holy Kings” in Mexico. This day celebrates the arrival of the three kings who came to visit the Baby Jesus. It is this day that the children receive gifts – and they are placed under the Christmas tree during the night. It is the Kings that bring the gifts – Santa has nothing to do with it.
The night before the sky was filled with lanterns. If you saw the movie “Tangled”, you saw the paper lanterns that were lifted into the air by a small candle that was lighted beneath the lantern. These lanterns have been on sale by street vendors for several months. It’s a great blessing that the houses are made of cement and can survive these lighted celebrations!
One of the fun things is the “Rosca de Reyes” bread. It’s a large circle of bread that feeds many. Hidden within is the Christ child. If you get the piece with the baby in it, you are responsible for hosting a party on February 2nd. You are supposed to take the little Christ child to church, and then host a party of tamales and atole.
We bought one of the breads and took it to the mission office. I wanted to see what these little figures looked like in the bread. Our bread feed about 15 missionaries – and we had 4 figures in ours. I did not get one – although I kept trying! However, two kind missionaries shared their figures with me so now I have then as a keepsake of Mexico. I don’t think anyone will want my tamales.....