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Hispanic Holiday Celebrations: Loud and De Familia

Submitted by on December 14, 2011 – 10:17 am10 Comments

There are just three of us at home most of the time.

The dog barks a lot, and the cat is a pushy meower, but mostly it is like Silent Night around here all year long.

The quiet gets a little more obvious in the days after Maria has had a group of giggly 8-year-old girls over, or after my Cuban parents return to Miami after an extended visit. I wrote about that recently.

And now, with Christmas upon us, it is once again time to reflect on Noche Buenas past and Hispanic holiday traditions — the posadas, the lechón, the tamales, the 12 grapes on New Year’s Eve, the suitcase by the door. (You ever do that?)

I’ve been thinking that when I am a total anciana, with little recall of what I had for breakfast, I will have vivid memories of lechón and fiestas and regalos with my primos and tios in Miami. Christmas is a time of rejoicing and experiencing religious tradition, but for Latinos, it is one more reason to party, to parranda.

Can I say that? Is it sacrilege?

I have evidence.

by Jonathas Rodrigues on Flickr: Hispanic and Latin Holiday Traditions and Celebrations

Latino Christmas Celebrations: Mucha Parranda

Latin Holiday Traditions Are …

I asked the marvelous Tiki Tiki Facebook community to answer this question:

“Latin Christmas in One Word ______________.”

The answers came back like this:

  • Lechón
  • Crazy
  • Family
  • Loudness
  • Comelata
  • Pozole
  • Coquito

There were several one-word repeats, so there is the pattern and it goes like this: Fiesta, Familia and Comida!

As of this writing, no one had mentioned gifts. Interesting, right? The immediate answers were of family, food and fun.

And so, there you go. Mas evidence that what we crave is connection, memories…and some Christmas coquito. Together.

Here’s wishing us all a loud, family-filled, lechón-goodness, parranda-fab Latin Christmas.

We’re so lucky.

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