Day 7-Blog Challenge: Gifts from the Kings

Good Monday my friends!

Today, we’ll take a little break from “Art” in the workspace to share a childhood tradition practiced in many spanish speaking language countries. Yesterday, we celebrated Three Kings Day, it’s the day the three kings arrive to deliver gifts to baby jesus. This is the “Christmas” day celebrated by my father and his ancestors, now commercialized and taken over by the traditional Christmas.

Three Kings Day

At the age of 10 we moved to Puerto Rico and lived their for 10 years. My first three Kings Day was exciting, hey, what child didn’t want to receive gifts twice! The traditional christmas tree would be left out till this day and in some homes longer to party a little longer. Rather than cookies, hay was left out for the camels, they came a long, long way! In the morning we would find gifts, mostly of lesser value than christmas day in my home but we enjoyed the holiday just as much. In the communities or small towns there were many parties involving a roasted whole pig and other traditional food such as;

Pasteles

Pasteles

In Puerto Rico, pasteles are a cherished culinary recipe. The masa consists of a combination of grated green banana, green plantain, taro, and tropical pumpkins known as calabazas. It is seasoned with liquid from the meat mixture, milk, and annatto oil.  The meat is prepared as a stew and usually contains any combination of pork shoulder, ham, bacon, raisins, potatoes, chickpeas, olives, and/or capers, and is commonly seasoned with bay leaves, recaito, sofrito, tomato sauce, adobo seco, sazon, and/or annatto oil. The pork shoulder can also be replaced with boston butt or chicken.

Coquito

Coquito

Coquito“, is a mix primarily of coconut milk and rum and other ingredients according to taste.

parrandas

Then there were the “parrandas”, a form of serenades that would show up at your house ANY time of the night singing. Once you opened the door, be prepared to serve food and drinks sometimes into the wee hours of the morning!

Traditions have changed as society has changed, but overall, most of these continued to be celebrated around the world. As a matter of fact, through this 31 day blog challenge, I had the pleasure of meeting a blogger from Spain, Judy Morris, she described her  “Second Christmas” in Spain. This prompted me to write about my beautiful childhood memories and to share a tradition that hopefully lives on for a very long time.

Happy Three Kings Day

Join me tomorrow where we’ll continue “Art” in the workspace,

Peggy

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