Saturday, December 11, 2010

It'S A SmaLl WorLd Holiday Blog Hop: Three Wise Men in Puerto Rico

Merry Christmas, everyone!!! You must be arriving here from Nicole's blog at I want to thank Jess at for giving me the opportunity to talk a little about Christmas in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico's Christmas season is the longest ever, starting shortly before Thanksgiving day and  lasting until Three Kings Day on January 6. Yet, this can extend until "Las Octavitas", eight days after Epiphany. LOL Homes are decorated with lights, Christmas trees and scenes of the Nativity. The season is famous for it's delicious typical dishes like roast pork, rice with pigeon peas, cooked green bananas and "pasteles", made of mashed plantains or yucca, filled with meat and wrapped in the leaves of the banana tree where they are cooked. Desserts are rice pudding made with coconut milk) and my favorite: "tembleque" which is a cream made with cornstarch, sugar, and coconut milk. It is served cold. The puerto rican eggnog is the "coquito", which is the same recipe as eggnog but with the addition of coconut milk.
On December 25th, Puerto Ricans celebrate the birth of Jesus. Since the 1940's it has become part of Puerto Rico's Holiday traditions that Santa Claus brings gifts to the children.

On January 5th, the feast of Epiphany's Eve, children place water and grass under their beds for the Three Kings (Three Wise Men). The Three Kings leave the presents under the bed, after the camels "eat the grass". On the morning of January 6 ("Dia de Reyes") children wake up to see what Balthasar, Melchior, and Gaspar left them. Epiphany commemorates the day in which the three wise men arrived bearing gifts for Baby Jesus,  twelve days after he was born.

Aren't Puerto Rico's children the luckiest: Santa and "The 3 Kings" !!! My daughter Diana is even luckier; her birthday is December 23rd !!!!!!!! LOL

My project is about the THREE WISE MEN (or 3 KINGS). I made 3 candles with one King on each: Melchior, Gaspar and Balthasar.

Lets do it:
  • Cut 3 strips of cardstock.
  • Adhere a golden ribbon to the top and bottom of the cardstock strip.
  • Add gems
  • Cut the shapes of the 3 Wise Men from the Winter Frolic cartridge.  I print and cut the images on my Imagine and colored the shapes with the Snow Angel cartridge (which makes it so much faster).

    • Decorate with Stickles and rhinestones. I also used heat embossing to create the metallic colors.
  • Adhere the Three Wise Men to the candles.
  • Put candles on a candle holder with raffia.

It's time now to hop on to Liz at to see how what she has created for us. If you get lost along the way. Here is a list of all participating blogs. Remember to leave a comment on eacho ne of the blogs, so that you can win the Grand Prize: A Holiday Scrap Box with thiese products: Unity Stamp Co, Peachy Keen Stamps, Lindy Stamp Gang, Preserve Your Memories II, Imaginisce, Helmar...

Jess -

Christine Wilson-Dunbar -   -


Shelley -

Vickie -

Sigrid -

Meighen -

Mariam -



Pam -

Christine Hatchell -

Jessica-Creative Stamper -


Gaby -

Lisa -

Nicole -

Martha - - YOU ARE HERE

Liz -

Jessica Baker -

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  1. I love them...great touch with the stickles and gems! :)

  2. Te han quedado preciosisimas esas velas!!!!!

  3. what a beautiful gift, this is such a lovely idea thanks for sharing your great with your ideas Debbie

  4. This is a wonderful idea. TFS You did a fabulous job. I'm a new follower.

  5. I love that idea, I'm always looking for ways to pretty up candles :D

  6. I LOVE this! After visiting Puerto Rico twice now, it's awesome to hear some Puerto Rican holiday history! Thanks for sharing!

  7. The candles are so pretty! You did a great job. Thanks for sharing Christmas in Puerto Rico. Loving all the projects and information about the holidays in other countries! What a great blog hop!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

    Debbie Flowers

  8. Love how you decorated your candles. Just darling

  9. These are too cute! I love candles! TFS! Happy Holidays!

    Terrie Barroso

  10. Love the idea, great project. thanks for sharing.

  11. I love your Three Wise Men
    Thank you

  12. Very cute project. Thanks for sharing!

  13. So cute!

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  14. Cute project!
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  15. Beautiful.

  16. Your wisemen are fabulous! TFS!
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  17. Love the wisemen, so cute. TFS

  18. Beautiful job! I love them! I think they are the luckiest - who wouldn't love all of those presents! TFS! :)

  19. Your candles are soooo cute!! love them!!

  20. Awesome idea. Love it.
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  21. Love the candles and the information on Puerto Rico and how Christmas is celebrated. I love to see and read different traditions and celebrations. I am also participating in the hop and it has been amazing.

  22. Great job! Love the stickle! Dina

  23. Beautiful and so are all the customs you so beautifully described! TFS!
    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  24. Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute!!!! TFS.

  25. Love the candles!

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  26. Thank you for sharing such a lovely tradition.
    I love what you did with the candles. Super nice touch.

    I love my Imagine and the Snow Angel is my hot favorite right now!I recently used it for my layout.

  27. Estan preciosas las velas Martha! Love'em all!
    Linda K.

  28. These are fabulous! Just love them. TFS :) And talk of all this Spanish food is killing me :D I need some Pernil soon. DH's family is from Cidra and I hope to visit one day. Feliz Navidad!

    Happy Scrappin'

    Sue B

  29. I love this tradition and your three kings are sooooo cute!

  30. I always love hearing about other cultures. Sometimes it is nice to incorporate their festivities into ours! Lovin those candles, great job on the kings!


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  31. Thanks for sharing your Puerto Rico traditions with us. Your three wise men candles are a great way to bring the coming of Christ back to the holiday.

  32. Love your three wise men. Thank you for sharing.

  33. Thank you for sharing your story! Love how your three wise men turned out and they look so good on the candles!


  34. Hi Martha

    I love your project! Thanks for the tutorial.
    I am a lready a follower of yourblog
    TFS and a chance to win
    Bonnie C

  35. Martha, I love your project and your talent.

  36. New follower your project so much, and hearing how they celebrate the holidays in Puerto Rico. My Aunt and Uncle were stationed there in the 1950's and again in the 60's, and they loved it.My Grandmother and mother joined them there and to this day my mother recalls her time there so fondly, and says the people and place were beautiful.

  37. Wise man wow!!


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  38. Fabulous project!!! Thank you for sharing!

  39. Love reading about the Three Kings. Such a great tradition! TFS

  40. What a beautiful idea!!! Thanks so much for sharing a bit about Puerto Rico too :)

  41. Love these candles. TFS

    Jess B.

  42. very cute! love all the detailing you did!
    liz :o)

  43. Wonderful gift idea. Love your three wise men!

  44. Great idea with the wise men as candles. Thank You for being in the hop and for chances to win great prizes.
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