Finding a children’s book about the lovely tradition of el Día de Reyes, and holiday celebrations in Puerto Rico has been difficult.
However, I was so lucky to find this children’s book Verde Navidad / Green Christmas by authors Mrinali Alvarez Astacio and Juan Alvarez-O’Neill.
This is the story of Juanito, Victoria, Adelita, and Abuela who come to visit from “el campo” (in Puerto Rico it is referred to be living out in the country) who are excited to celebrate Three Kings Day! Traditionally on the eve of Epiphany, children leave grass for the camels (or in this case the horses) and the kings leave treats behind. However, living in the city this has become quite a challenge until their father tells them to get creative.
This book is great for parents wanting to instill the tradition of the Three Kings in their children even if they are not living in “el campo.” Or for parents raising bicultural children as in my case. I want my child to feel just as excited for the Three Kings as he does with Santa; even if we don’t have green grass because of the cold winters all we have to do is get creative. 🙂
Are you looking for ideas on how to celebrate Three Kings Day (Día de Reyes) with your kids?
You can host a Three Kings Day Fiesta for Kids or Cultural Playdate: “Three Kings Day” Story Time and Crafts. Perhaps read The Day that the Three Wise Men were met with Santa Claus Spanish Children’s Book and make cookies! Want to know how this day is celebrated around the world? Three Kings Day and Epiphany Around the World. You can also make a Shoe Box Craft for the grass!
Be sure to check my Three Kings Day Pinterest Board!
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