In Puerto Rico, the Christmas celebrations start early! We call Christmas Eve “Nochebuena,” and that’s when my family gathers to eat traditional foods of lechón asado (roasted pork) and pasteles (similar to tamales), arroz con dulce and our famous Coquito! We usually sit around and sing Alguinardos, what we call Christmas Songs. My family celebrates through Dia de Los Reyes, (Three Kings Day on January 6th) and that’s when the kids receive their Christmas presents. On the eve of Three Kings Day, everyone puts grass in a shoe box under their bed as good gesture if they were good they received a gift, and if they were bad they received dirt or coal. No one has received coal in the shoe box but believe me there are a few that deserved it!





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