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?
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...