Hispanic Holiday Celebrations: Loud and De Familia

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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By Carrie on December 14, 2011 · Posted in del alma

10 Comments | Post Comment

Tia Mirtha says:

Mi sobrina, Christmas is family and love. Reuniones de familia, sharing food, music and laughter.

And just having a good time with people you love and care for.

Posted on December 14th, 2011

Cristina says:

You’re so right! For us, this season is about music, food and family. Fiesta, en una sola palabra!

Posted on December 15th, 2011

perudelights says:

The best part of the holidays is: family, food, fiesta. Gifts are accesories, important mostly for the kids.

Posted on December 15th, 2011

Yvonne Condes says:

We always had a lot of people around growing up especially at the holidays. I love it and love that we have a little urban family here in LA that is loud and fun.

Posted on December 15th, 2011

Bren @ Flanboyant Eats™ says:

suitcase by the door? check. 12 uvas? check. Casuelas? check! I love it all!

Posted on December 15th, 2011

Monica says:

Love that picture. And I miss the holidays of my childhood. :(

Posted on December 15th, 2011

Ericka Sanchez (@NibblesNFeasts) says:

It’s all about family and making memories. Gifts are secondary.

Posted on December 15th, 2011

Lisa ~ AutismWonderland says:

I love it – Food, Family, Fun – nothing more is needed or required :)

Posted on December 16th, 2011

Jeannette Quiñones- Cantore says:

Asi somos los latinos! nos gustan las parrandas y la buena comida

Posted on December 19th, 2011

Catalina says:

I couldn’t agree more! That’s what we in our family look forward to as well — time with each, lots of food, music….all of that good stuff. I can’t imagine it any different.

Posted on December 19th, 2011