Culture & tradition is something my husband & I try very hard to instill in our young children. Last Sunday, January 6th was Dia de los Reyes or Rayes Magos which many Latino families celebrate. Living in the New Orleans area, we call it Twelfth night (Epiphany or the 1st day of Carnival Season). Although the similarities in the 2 holidays is similar, we try to maintain the family aspect of Rayes Magos on January 6th since Carnival Season is something my children are extremely family with.
In New Orleans there was a big Twelfth Night Celebration my family wanted to attend but the weather kept us away from all the festivities. We decided to stay local & have a family day which is what we normally do for Rayes Magos. My daughter Sarah got a new phone from Net10Wireless as an early Christmas present. All the photos in this post were taken with her LG Optimus Logic Android SmartPhone. You can’t miss a photo opportunity with a smartphone so she got a little carried away that night.
We ventured out into the cold & braced the rain to see The Hobbit at our local theater. Once the move was over with we trekked over to our favorite Mexican Restaurant to celebrate with Tamales which is a traditional dinner to celebrate the holiday. Eating our tamale dinner was a huge sacrifice! Don’t you feel bad for us?!? We managed to muster to our meal, but not before snapping a few more pictures of our evening. Using our Net10Wireless phone allowed us to snap pictures and share them using our favorite apps like Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.
It is tradition to eat a piece of Rosca de Reyes (which a bread pastry topped with cream, candied cherries and pearl sugar) that symbolizes the crowns of the Three Kings and God’s unending love. A small figure of the baby Jesus (or a bean in some areas) are inserted into the Rosca de Reyes. Since we are in the New Orleans area, I can’t pass up a King Cake which is very similar to a Rosca de Reyes with some minor differences.
Although our Reyes Magos Holiday was slightly different than others, our main goal is always to be connected to each other. Like so many other families, our loved ones may be local, in nearby states, or in our case.. other countries. El Dia de los Reyes & our Net10Wirelss phones help us keep in touch with each other without breaking the bank. A Net10 Family plans includes unlimited data, text, talk, starting at $50 for first line, $40 each additional line. We call the shots since there is no contract or no penalties. The money we save every month can go into our entertainment budget which allows my family to enjoy dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant and a night sat the movies.
Tradition or not, family what matters the most and staying connected is one way to maintain the balance between work & family. You can find more information on Net10Wireless on the Website, on Facebook & on Twitter.