Christmas Day has come and gone, but the 12th day of Christmas, January 6th, has even more weight in some cultures. Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, a traditional Catholic holiday is celebrated on the 6th of January through much of Latin America -- and arguably, most so, on the island of Puerto Rico. Sanibel poet Joe Pacheco brings us this piece remembering his first tropical Christmas.
Joe Pacheco is a Puerto Rican from New York and a former New York City school superintendent, who was named Literary Artist of the Year in 2008 by the Alliance for the Arts. He writes a weekly poetry column for the Sanibel Islander, and one of his works specifically highlights the continuing Christmas celebration in Puerto Rico -- a celebration many of the 300,000 Puerto Ricans who fled to Florida after Hurricane Maria will now have to continue here.