We always celebrate Three Kings Day in our family. This year, however, I have decided to spend a lot more time teaching my boys some of our family traditions around this special holiday. It is really important to me that they look back upon this day fondly the way that I do from my own childhood in Spain. My Grandparents always made sure that this day was very special in their home and I want it to be equally special in our house.
One of my favorite memories from our family Three Kings Day celebrations is the year that I wanted a special toy called Boti Bota. It was fashioned after a character in one of my favorite game shows and was a toy that you wrapped around one ankle and swung around and jumped over with your other foot. All of the kids in my class had one and I wanted one so badly! Every single day, I reminded my Grandmother that I was hoping that the Three Kings would leave one under my bed. She just chuckled and responded, “Vamos a ver,” we will see…
The night before January 6th, which is Three Kings Day, my Grandparents instructed me to put my shoes on the floor at the foot of my bed and fill them with hay for the camels that the Magi ride in on. I promptly did so and prayed that I would find Boti Bota in their place the following day. The next morning, there was a wrapped package where the hay had stood the night before, right on top of my shoes. As I ripped off the wrapping paper, it revealed Boti Bota inside and I couldn’t have been happier!
These are exactly the kinds of memories that I want my boys to have of our family Three Kings Day celebrations. It’s very important to my husband and I also that our boys maintain our cultural traditions. We are planning to make a trip to JCPenney this weekend to buy their gifts for this special day. It’s always the perfect place for us to shop during the holidays because they have all of the apparel and toys that our boys added to their Three Kings wish list.
We also really love the fact that JCPenney is celebrating the cultural traditions of or real Latino families through their “Real Holidays by Real Families” video series. This series features the stories of Latino kids in their children’s choir from their holiday campaign. It is beautiful to hear how Anthony has Santa Claus and Los Tres Reyes or Three Kings competing to see who gives him the best gifts!
Although I am sad to know that we are coming to the end of the holiday season with The Three Kings being the last day of celebration, I know that my boys had a wonderful holiday surrounded by their loved ones and filled with the warmth and the love of family. There is nothing better than that…
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