My Holiday Traditions

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I have never thought before about how different Christmas traditions are in every country until I moved to the United States a few years ago.

How is it that kids have fun without piñatas? I remember asking myself this the first Christmas I spent with my in-laws in North Carolina.

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That day I missed a warm ponche mexicano and the delicious tamales my grandmother prepares exclusively for the holidays. I also missed seeing children playing in the yard, collecting firewood for the fireplace and ending the night dancing salsa in the living room until 5am.

Yes, latinos have a unique and special way to celebrate Christmas. I thought about it again this morning while I was reading this article from the Huffington post. It made me feel melancholic, and it brought back all those lovely and colorful memories from my childhood.

Now that we’ve moved to California, we have spent Christmas alone for the last couple years, just my husband and me. That has pushed us to start creating our own traditions combining a bit of mine and his to create an interesting mix of food, drinks and music.

There is one tradition both of our families do and we love, and it is going shopping and filling the Christmas tree with adorably packaged gifts. I don’t know how we do it, but we separate for a few hours at the mall and come back with a couple of boxes and Christmas bags.

The morning of December 25th is really exciting, opening all those gifts while we make hot chocolate and watch one of the Christmas movies that are always on tv. Even my dog Kyra, gets really excited that morning, she gets a special meal, the kind that comes in those fancy cans, biscuits and a few toys.

No matter where you are from, and how you celebrate Christmas with your family, Sears has everything you need to pamper your loved ones. I’m telling you this because, well, I know. Sears is one of my family’s favorite store to shop, and since there are a lot of us… we know that we are sure to find something for everyone without a problem.

Tell me, how do you celebrate Christmas where you live? What do you get most excited about Christmas day?

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7 Responses

  1. Corlie says:

    I love how different cultures celebrate Christmas. In south Africa we even have different ways of celebrating between those b people v of English descent and those of Afrikaans descent. Pete and I will have to be teaching our baby both ways! Afrikaners celebrate on the night of the 24th, and the English on the morning of the 25th.

    • That is so interesting, Corlie. In Mexico we celebrate on the night of the 24th as well, and since I moved to the States I realized that the morning of 25th is more important for them. We are planning on teaching our baby both ways as well, that’s the beauty of multicultural families.

  2. Always very interesting to hear other’s Christmas traditions. I’m from South Africa also and we sometimes celebrate on the 24th and sometimes on the 25th. Our dog also gets a gift – wrapped of course 🙂 He likes tearing off the paper 🙂

    • It’s very insteresting. We try to celebrate both days a little bit. Dinner on the 24th is really inportant for me and my husband gets excited about the morning of the 25th. It works for us, we get to celebrate twice 🙂
      My dog gets excited too, she loves playing with the wrapping paper, it’s so cute.

  3. Mrs. ShuGar says:

    What a beautiful tradition! It will be even better when your baby comes to join you. We make tamales with our family and this year I decided to combine a tradition from both of our families by doing Xmas stockings and opening those on Xmas eve. Merry Christmas!

  4. On my side we’re kind of stuck doing what my grand mother wants to do, which is pretty much just eating super on the 24 and having lunch on the 25. Nothing very different than any other day besides the fact that we have to drive 7 hours to get there… When I was little it was a lot of fun, we went to mass on the 24th, santa came, we opened gifts and played all night. Now that I have kids I’m trying to incorporate a bit of my husband’s mexican traditions too (pinata + salsa dancing – I love salsa!!!). It’s hard to force those things on my grand-ma, so we do it earlier during the month with friends who also have kids (and some of which are mexican) posada style. 🙂

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