Celebrating a Multicultural Christmas While Growing up Hispanic

Celebrating a Multicultural Christmas While Growing up Hispanic

by Janny Perez December 20, 2018

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? 

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Hispanic Christmas Traditions to Pass Down to Your Kids

Hispanic Christmas Traditions to Pass Down to Your Kids

by Janny Perez December 06, 2018

As a Latina mom it’s important for me that my child grows up understanding our family’s Christmas traditions.  As Latinos, there are many traditions you can embrace and pass down.  It’s a way we can honor our history while embracing and creating new traditions of our own.  Every family has their own traditions, whether it’s hosting a tamalada, attending la Misa de Gallo, or making natilla and buñuelos, you can incorporate any of these holiday traditions, even with your youngest of kids.  Check out the list of Hispanic Christmas Traditions you can pass down...

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You Know You're Becoming Your Latina Mom When...

You Know You're Becoming Your Latina Mom When...

by Janny Perez September 27, 2018

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. 

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Growing up Hispanic - 7 summer lessons that I want to pass down

Growing up Hispanic - 7 summer lessons that I want to pass down

by Janny Perez July 19, 2018

It's summertime, where flip flops meet beaches, sun and sand abound, and I can't help but reminisce of my summers growing up in Miami.  It's funny looking back and now that I have a daughter I want to pass down some of the things my parents did and we did as kids, ok maybe not giving my child beer.  Even though some of the things we did seemed like so much work, I can now see the values and lessons learned from them.

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Celebrate Your Multicultural Christmas and Make Everyone Happy

Celebrate Your Multicultural Christmas and Make Everyone Happy

by Janny Perez December 20, 2017

I am Colombian, my husband is Bulgarian, and our 2 year old daughter is American.  You can call us your now typical American family. Like our family, there are many multicultural families that want to share their customs with their children, but how can we do it in a way that makes Everyone including abuela happy?

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