January 6, 2013 by ebostick1212
As of right now, I assume that most of you are considering the Christmas season long gone. You are probably lovingly wrapping your ornaments, and sweeping up stray pine needles from your floor.
Here in Spain, the gift-giving celebration continues…at least until tonight. The decorations are still up. The wrapping paper is still strewn across the floor.
The tradition here differs a bit from those of America. Instead of an all out, 2 day long, peppermint flavored Christmas binge, like in the States, the Spanish spread their celebrations out over a longer period of time. At this point, I have been celebrating Christmas for nearly three weeks.
Today was the final day of what Spaniards refer to as the holiday season. Last night, while we were all sleeping, the Three Wise Men crept into our house and left us gifts under the tree…much the way Santa would do in the US, if Santa didn’t have some sort of trade embargo with Spain.
Anyway, after wading our way from the wrapping paper sea in the living room, to the front salon, we sat down to partake in a cachito of roscón de reyes.
A roscón de reyes is a large round cake, sliced in half and filled with whipped cream. Hidden in the cake are two surprises, a little doll and a bean. Whoever receives the slice with little king doll, is proclaimed king or queen, and get a shiny crown, whereas the person with the bean is forced to buy the roscón the coming year.
For the second year in a row, I received the king doll. So, my dear minions, I am happy to announce that the House of Bostick will remain queen for the upcoming year…or maybe this just means I will hang out in my pajamas and a cardboard crown for the last few days before I start school again.