Saturday, January 7, 2012

Dia de los Reyes


Christmas Rose

Baked with love..

The children made their annual Rosca de Reyes, Three Kings Bread, for Epiphany; the day tradition says that Gaspar, Balthasar, and Melchior arrive at the stable. A Mexican friend says ours tastes just like her abuelo used to make..

Every year we deliver wrapped slices to the doors of friends; the lucky child who finds the baby figure baked into their cake is hostess to a tamale party on Candlemas, inviting all who ate the Rosca ~ our friends from Spain tell us that he who finds the baby has good luck all year, double if they ate the Grapes on New Years day! But my favorite is that he who finds the baby is made Godfather (or, Godmother I presume) to the baby Jesus in the family creche for that year.

Every year our children want to add more babies..

this year there are 17!

the children were 5 & 7 when they did these sketches of the Magi

This ornament still blesses our Christmas tree :-)

linking to:

Postcards from paradise recuerda mi corazon

Sunday Sketches at blue chair dairy

enjoy the moment!


  1. i love the traditions you have, this one is precious, 17 babies.

    lovely ornament too, full of memories. lovely Sunday to you ~

  2. That ornament is a real treasure - never mind the gold, frankinscence and myrhh!!

  3. Oh my kids would love this. I can well imagine the negotiation for more babies in the cake.
    The drawings are beautiful.

  4. Beautiful tradition!! Blessed day to you! Cathy

  5. what a lovely tradition! Will you consider sharing the recipe? The kids ornament is so precious too! My grandkids have made me a couple too and I love them more then any of the store bought ones!

  6. what a wonderful tradition to share with your children! (and the bread looks so delicious :)

  7. cute drawings. I like the idea of finding luck in a pie/cake. sounds sweet and even if you don't find the baby figure, you can always enjoy the cake.

    have a sweet day.

  8. i love this tradition...but when i got to the part about your children adding more babies, i had to cry. so beautiful their desire to bless more people!
    please tell them they have blessed us all today.

  9. What a wonderful tradition. I never knew of this until I was an adult with my own children. I learned it from an Irish descent friend. Around here it is also popular amongst the Portugese as well.

  10. Lovely tradition ~ In New Orleans they have King Cake that they bake a plastic baby in & follow a very similar tradition as you do ~ Happy New Year and love your children's drawings ~~ Thanks, namaste,carol (A Creative Harbor)

  11. Wow..such a beautiful post and magical traditions..I love that! Beautiful art...absolutely lovely and inspiring!
    Wishing you a magical 2012!

  12. I completely adore the art of a childs hands. Thank you Thank you

  13. What a wonderful tradition. The bread looks great and the kids drawings are cute!

  14. That is so cool what you guys do. 17?! Wow. And look at those adorable sketches from such a young age. Thank you for sharing with us. :)

  15. the drawings are happy - i love the tradition idea you shared with us, too!

  16. There is a difference between baking with or without love, it always comes out in the taste, everytime!

    Have a lovely week,

    Sue x

  17. This is such a touching tradition, one I am unfamiliar with. You have taught me. Your children have taught me. Wonderful photographs and the children's art. Tell them I love their paintings. smiles: sharon

  18. I just read about Rosca de Reyes today in Tony Cohan's book Mexican Time. Now I know what it looks like!

    Simple Brilliance

  19. I have to find a way to eat this now


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