1/52: New Year to Reyes

For 2016 I've decided to combine a weekly photo with a kind of roundup of the highlights of each week, maybe both highs and lows.  When I was doing the 52 Memories project last year I almost always found that I had more than one photo I wanted to post.  I'm not much of a photographer - I take pretty much all my photos with my iPad - but I do take a lot of pictures.  So this year I'm going for flexibility; I may post one or several photos; I may write some text, no text or mostly text, which may or may not be related to the photos.  Every week is different, but it will all be about the week that's just gone by.  I don't have a name for it yet, but that doesn't matter, it's time to start!


The first week is an extra long week as I'm actually starting from New Year's Eve and going up to yesterday (Friday 8th) to start each week from the weekend.

At New Year, my sister Katy and her husband Karl were still here and we went out to a restaurant for the traditional New Year's Eve dinner and eating of the grapes.  According to the tradition, you have to eat 12 grapes, one on each chime of midnight.  They were pretty big grapes, however, and we were all too busy hugging and wishing each other a happy New Year to focus on the grapes.  Emma was probably the only one who did eat 12 grapes, she was gobbling them up one after the other and certainly ate most of mine!

New year

On January 1st we were relaxing at Katy and Karl's apartment - it was a lovely warm and sunny day and we were by the pool (in bikinis and swimsuits on New Year's Day, can you believe it!).  Katy, Karl and Eduardo even braved a swim, Emma went in up to her middle but I wimpishly just waded (the water was a little bit cold and the breeze would have been chilly coming out of the pool!).

New Year's Day

The next day we said tearful goodbyes to Katy and Karl at the airport and they started their 16-hour trip back home.  We miss them!

I still had a few more days' holiday to try and catch up with washing, housework and blogging.  Not very successfully with the last two, I must admit!  We took Emma to get her hair cut as it had grown very long.

Dia de Reyes

In Mexico we celebrate one more holiday on January 6th; Día de Reyes.  In the morning, Emma came downstairs to find that the Reyes Magos (Three Kings) had brought her some presents (in Mexico this is more traditional than Santa Claus).  In the evening, we cut the Roscam de Reyes, a large ring-shaped bread decorated with crystallized fruit and usually accompanied by hot chocolate.  The cutting is an important ritual because there are several plastic baby Jesus figures hidden inside the bread, so if you get one of these in your slice it means you have to make the tamales (another traditional Mexican food) for the Día de la Candelaria celebration on February 2nd.

Rosca de reyes

On Thursday, the day after Reyes, it was back to school for most Mexican children, and back to work for me.  There was just time to get back into the routine, then it was the weekend again - yay!

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

Seychelles Mama


  1. Mixing up a photo and a round up is a fab idea! I love learning about new cultures and didn't know about the Three Kings day so thanks for teaching me something new. Lovely to catch up on Emma's progress. Angela from daysinbed #KALCOLS

    1. Thanks for commenting! Three Kings day is a tradition that comes from Spain (like many other Mexican traditions) - lucky kids getting two lots of presents! Glad you liked the post!

  2. Lovely to hear you could incorporate the traditions of both Santa and Dia de Reyes. And a great way to keep those family memories doing a weekly post - I need to be less fastidious about everything needing to be a detailed blog post and sometimes let just the pictures talk too #myexpatfamily

    1. Yes, I think some pictures don't need any explanation, and other times I want to give some context or description of the events in the photos, so it all depends really. And some weeks I just don't take many photos (although that's rare!). Thanks for your comment!

  3. Love the idea of a weekly round up post, a definite good way to keep you blogging consistently and to remember the smaller things in life (often just as special as the big things!) it's amazing for Emma that you're mixing both your traditional and Mexican festivities, so wonderful to grow up experiencing it all!!
    Lovely that you had family there with you for the festive time too, it's always so hard to say goodbye isn't it :(
    Thanks so much for linking up with #myexpatfamily always lovely to have you join in!

  4. This is such a fantastic roundup hon and the pictures are just darling!I really liked readying this post and learning about Día de Reyes *Mexican traditions*.Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday!xx #KCACOLS

  5. What a lovely roundup!! We also do the grapes tradition in Peru. We have so many like wearing a new and yellow underwear!! It so funny all the things that we believe to have a better NY lol. I'm also use to the hot weather during Xmas and NY. I have been in London for 11 years now and I still miss the hot weather around this time of the year. We don't celebrate Los Reyes Magos but I know it is very popular in Spain. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again on Sunday! :-) x

  6. I like the fact you get another holiday on the 12th night, just like Europex #KCACOLS