A Nuyorican Child’s Christmas In Vieques (My First Tropical Christmas)

Jan 4, 2018

Sanibel Joe Pacheco

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.