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Pan dulce for Santa

Pan dulces for Santa


Pan dulce for Santa

In our Latino household, our kids leave pan dulce (sweet bread) for Santa, instead of cookies. A sweet sugary piece of goodness that goes so perfect with my cafe. This coming year will be all about combining heritage and traditions with the world that we live in today. It’s starting a few days early since this is one of those traditions that has been altered.

Pan dulces for Santa

When I was younger, I NEVER left anything for Santa. In fact, the few times that I remember really being in the Christmas spirit we would do it Latina style. For me, that meant that I kept a close eye out for the brightest star in the sky. My mom would tell me that when I saw the brightest star, it meant that Santa had arrived with gifts. I would stare out the window with my brothers for quite a while. We would all go back and forth from the kitchen to the living room whenever we thought we had spotted the brightest star. Then on one of those times, one of us would be right and the gifts would be there waiting to be opened. It was as though they appeared magically. It was a great tradition.

Now, with my oldest being more modern than I was, he expects Santa to come down the chimney with his gifts and stop by the coffee table for a treat before he heads back out. We put our own twist on the tradition this year as a sign of things to come. He didn’t see it as weird or different, so we’re rolling with it from here on.

So… what did Santa get as a snack in your home?

p.s. Santa is also a soy milk drinker 😉

Pattie Cordova is founder of Cordova Media Group, LLC, a boutique social media consulting firm that develops and creates social media strategies for businesses. She manages and is EIC for LMVL SoCal. In her spare time (what little there is LOL) she enjoys working out, hanging out with her family (two chiclets and a Hubster) and traveling.



  1. Cecile

    December 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I love pan dulce! Hard to find good pan dulce in New Jersey.

  2. @therebelchick

    December 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    We stopped leaving milk and cookies for Santa when my daughter was 8 because she found out there was no Santa. LOL Sure, it made thing easier but I miss the fun of the Santa traditions!

  3. Jeannette

    December 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    That looks yummy and like a great idea! I'm sure Santa enjoyed it!

  4. Emily Reviews

    December 26, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    How neat! I'm sure santa gets tired of finding the same thing at most houses anyway, it's kind of you to change it up for him. I don't have kids yet but when I was a kid we'd just leave cookies if we had them but most years we didn't have any so we didn't leave anything out. When we did, the cookies weren't homemade because we never made cookies. haha.

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