I am Janny Perez. I was born in Colombia and raised in Miami by two Colombian parents. Growing up Hispanic in Miami during Christmas time meant listening to “Mi Burrito Sabanero,” on the radio, attending Misa de Gallo, and having your neighbors gift your family everything from turrón, arroz con leche, and coquito during the holiday season. It meant Christmas Eve was usually very loud and jam packed with activity. My husband, on the other hand, grew up in Bulgaria, in a very Americanized home, celebrating Christmas listening to 50’s Christmas classics on vinyl while having a quiet vegetarian dinner, yes vegetarian. So now that we have a daughter, how can we celebrate a multicultural Christmas and make everyone happy?
I never thought I would say this, but I've seriously become my mom, not a regular mom, but a Latina mom, and yes there's a big difference! I remember growing up, rolling my eyes at the things my mom would do that were, well different than other moms. I didn't think much of it back then but now looking back I completely get it. I can now find humor and see my 3 year old daughter rolling her eyes at the things I do, but I hope that one day she too can look back and appreciate these different things.