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 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?