puerto rican christmas

Celebrating Christmas Eve with Coquito!

Puerto Rico

It’s Noche Buena…Feliz Navidad! It may sound strange, but as I’ve mentioned before, Christmas Eve is actually the day that we get together and celebrate. Normally, our whole family gathers at someone’s house and we have our typical Noche Buena dinner. A traditional Puerto Rican Christmas Eve dinner has the following dishes: Arroz con Gandules […]

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Feliz Dia de Reyes!

Puerto Rico

Last year, I explained what Three King’s Day is all about and how our family celebrated this occasion back in Puerto Rico. Since we moved to the states, the tradition slowly got lost. This is partly due to the fact that it’s not a recognized holiday here (we still have to work) and partly to […]

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Three King’s Day

Puerto Rico

Happy Three King’s Day! Feliz Dí­a de los Tres Reyes Magos! Today is the day for celebrating the three wise men‘s visit to Jesus. In Puerto Rico, we celebrate this day just as if it were Christmas. The night before (la vispera de reyes), children collect grass in a basket and put it under their […]

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Puerto Rican Coquito & other fine Navidad traditions

Puerto Rico

Before I sign off for the holidays, I couldn’t leave without sharing the recipe for coquito (let’s call it a Puerto Rican version of eggnog – but better! lol). ************************************************************************************ Coquito – from http://www.elboricua.com/coquito.html 30 ounces coconut milk 14 ounces condensed milk 1 cup Bacardi rum ½ cup water pinch of salt ½ tsp. cinnamon […]

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