Do you celebrate Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day)? In many Latin cultures, the holiday season doesn’t end until January 6th – Dia de los Reyes. The story goes that after twelve days of following the north star, the wise men riding a horse, elephant and camel, finally made it to Bethlehem to give baby Jesus three symbolic gifts. The celebrations and interpretations vary from region to region, but the main factors remain: food, crowns, a Rosca de Reyes cake cake and lots of gift giving!
While my own family upbringing didn’t celebrate this tradition, I’ve learned a lot about it as an adult and shared the story with my kids. So when I was invited to participate in a campaign with JCPenney, I signed up! Our mission was to put together the perfect Three Kings celebration with items from JCPenney. Both my nana (before she passed) and my mom-in-law are hardcore JCP shoppers, now it was my turn to check it out!
As soon as I walked in the door I was greeted with this…yes, I was in the right place!
Ack, then I had to remind myself that my mission was to celebrate Three Kings Day! First stop gifts.
These Bleu™ Crystal Drop Earrings are $18, and perfect for the millennial chica in your life. They are cool, classy and have a delightful design!
The idea is for the kids to leave their shoes outside their door with hay for the camel, horse and elephant. And in return, the three kings will leave a gift in its place by morning. Maybe something like this…If you have a Star Wars lover in your family, check out this!
It’s a Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens Reversible Twin/Full Comforter Set & Accessories, and starts at $40.
As for me, I am in love with this Artland Shimmer 12-pc. Beverageware Set, $200. The teal color is gorgeous and these will will look beautiful on a Three Kings feast table setting!
Table top ideas: Incorporate giant bright gems from the craft store. You can use these with your place setting. Use an all gold theme, or you can use a variety of jewel tones to relay the feeling of the kings. Use a small string of battery-operated lights to add illumination all over your table!
My husband is the chef of the house and has his eye on this Trisha Yearwood 10-pc. Nonstick Aluminum Cookware Set for $300. Perfect for cooking up a variety of meals all year round!
As for gifts, I bought my daughter this set of fragrances:
And Star Wars goodies for my son!
I brought everything home and got to work! My husband made his chicken mole recipe in the new skillet, with spanish rice as a side.
I put together a variety of cheeses and fruits, here is one of the trays I made, I used the platter I bought to hold it all!
And last but not least, the Rosca de Reyes. I bought this from my local bakery and used my new cake stand to serve it. Designed to look like a crown, the bright colors and candied jelly on the cake/bread represent jewels from the wise men. And inside the cake is a plastic baby. Whoever receives the slice of cake that has the plastic baby Jesus is the “chosen” one, and must make tamales for the Day of Candles on February 2nd. Neverending celebrations!
Three Kings Day is all about closing out the holiday season with love and remembrance, family and food. I think it’s really cool that JCPenney worked out to be such a great one-stop shop for the table, as well as clothing and gifts. The store has an assortment of gifts that fit every age, lifestyle and budget. I used a $100 gift card and was able to buy all of this, plus the Sephora gifts and still had $14 leftover. I’ll save it for next year’s Three Kings Day celebration!
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