Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Little Christmas

Friday, January 10, 2014

Little Christmas

A few of you were asking me to tell you about how our "Little Christmas" celebration went yesterday, so I thought I'd share it with you today.

Last night we had the privilege to join some friends for family night. I have a dear friend Ingrid who invited a few families from church over to her house. She's from Mexico and her family wanted to share some of their holiday traditions.

We went over for a "Little Christmas" celebration. Instead of celebrating Christmas on the 25, by opening gifts and such, they wait till January 6 and celebrate when the wise men came to see Christ. So instead of Santa bringing gifts, the wise men bring them instead. It was so fun to see her kids shouting "look what the wise men brought". They were so excited!


We also all shared a cake/bread that had been made. It was kind of like a cinnamon roll, but not since it was like a dry cake. It was a mix between the two. If that makes sense at all. I know I'm describing it horribly. It was in the shape of a circle, which symbolized the unending love God has for us. The candies on the cake represent the jewels the wise men wore. In the cake were a bunch of tiny baby Jesus. The tradition is that if you get a baby in your piece of cake, then you're responsible for making tamales the following week. The kids were all looking for babies in their slices. Keagan actually got one!

I'm so thankful for good friends that opened up their home and taught us about a tradition from Mexico.

Spending time with friends and families was exactly what we needed yesterday.

What are you guys doing for family night this week?


XO Danielle

20 comments:

  1. When my mom was growing up, they celebrated Little Christmas as well...but my grandpap was Russian orthodox. I know the Amish also celebrate this. I didn't know it was celebrated in Mexico, as well. Thanks for the post :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're so welcome! Its always fun learning about different traditions:)

      Delete
  2. I love that tradition! I love the way Latinos celebrate Christmas! What a lovely experience for you and your family. Neighbors like that are the Bedt!

    ReplyDelete
  3. This sounds like a Catholic Epiphany celebration and it sounds wonderful. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Very cool. My Grandma is Catholic and she said it sounded like something she celebrated as a kid as well.

      Delete
  4. Hey Danielle! I sent you the email with my guest post in it quite a while ago. I never saw it posted and I never heard back from you. I sentt you an email to make sure you had received it, and I never got an answer. I was wondering if you got it?
    keepcalmandsparkle1099.blgospot.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. And now I know why some religions celebrate Christmas a week or two later....it's all about the 3 king! My good friend is Serbian and they're Russian Orthodox and I never understood why they celebrated late. Interesting!

    Actually...I kind of like the three kings bringing gifts better than Santa Claus.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am also Serbian Ortodox Christian. The thing is that our Church is using the old Iulian calenar (in comparison to now used Gregorian calendar), so everything is 13 days "late" :) Christmas is on 7th of January. Basicaly I keep eating cookies from 24th of December till 13th of January (when Ortodox New Year is)

      Delete
    2. Yes the kings bringing the gifts is my favorite part.

      Delete
  6. I live in Spain where they also celebrate with the coming of the 3 Kings who brought gifts for the baby Jesus. I wrote about that holiday tradition (and others) on my blog here: http://www.allieinthesouthofspain.blogspot.com.es/2013/12/spanish-holiday-traditions-3-wisemen.html

    Spanish people also eat a special cake as well and it is a lot of fun to see who gets the piece with a small king (receives good luck for the year) or a small bean (has to buy the cake the following year). I have gotten the bean the last two years!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh man the past two years! haha! you must have good luck:)

      Delete
  7. Cutting "la rosca" is always fun and a wonderful tradition! We have many rich traditions such as celebrating children in April.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes thats what its called. I couldn't remember the name of the cake.

      Delete
  8. Sharing traditions with friends...what a lovely FHE!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love this tradition in my culture...the "Rosca de Reyes" is sort of like King's cake...super yummy especially if you eat it with some hot chocolate or hot cinnamon tea...I miss living in Mexico....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We had it wiwithh a cinnamon hot chocolate. It was yummy!

      Delete
  10. That is so neat! I learn something new everyday :) good times!

    ReplyDelete

Blissful and Domestic is a place for inspiration and encouragement. Please remember that when commenting. I read all comments and am thankful for them :)

All comments are moderated. Your comment will appear soon. ;)

I reply to all comments in the comment section, so check back for answers to your questions. You can also email me at blissful_and_domestic@yahoo.com :)

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...