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Childhood memories are vivid, almost indescribable in their detail, and impossible to forget. A Christmas memory I have is that of a black velvet dress  a family friend gave to me for my seventh Christmas.
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Merry Christmas from the Tiki Tiki: Links and Reads

Submitted by on December 22, 2011 – 7:07 am3 Comments

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Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad y Propero New Year!

Asi, all Spanglish.

We’re about to slow down over here a little bit to concentrate on making Christmas magic with an 8-year-old. Like, do you love our gingerbread house, above? It was a family effort, a new tradition, even if the house was bought already pre-assembled. Mami is a savvy fool.

We hope you are making your own magic and enjoying the season.

If you are looking for a little fun reading, and an escape, while the loqueria is going on in your house filled with mucha familia, here are some great reads from this year.


Contributors to the Tiki Tiki bring flavor, diversity and great conversation all through the year. We are grateful for their gifts and generous stories. You always can find all the most recent contributed essays via the Contributor tag to the right of your screen.

And, if you’d like to share a cuento with the Tiki Tiki in 2012, check out our contributor info.

The Regulars

Dariela, Alexandra and Nicole bring fashion and design, good food and joyous stories to the Tiki Tiki every month. The funny and caustic Cynthia Martinez will be joining us regularly for 2012 as well.

The Freebie Good Read

Celebrating Abuela was published on Mother’s Day in honor of our viejas querida, our mamas, our abuelas. Share it with your abuela, or a beloved relative this Christmas. You can download it, put it on a CD and wrap it all nice and wonderful. It contains essays by powerful writers who loved their Abuelas very, very much.

The Series Reads

This year, the Tiki Tiki offered up three series: Latinland USA, a collection of insider tips for Latino-flavored sites in American cities and¿Vege-Que? — A Week of Healthy Eating to inspire healthier food choices. The series includes great Latino recipes that are vegetarian and/or gluten-free. We also featured writers on the topic of Becoming Mami: A New Generation Speaks on topics such as breastfeeding, natural birth and gentle parenting.

Your Gift to the Tiki Tiki

This is a plaza, a party, a pachanga, not a soapbox or a personal blog, which means we need your voice, your feedback, your smarts, your cuentos to create a record of the flavor of growing up, and living Latino in the United States.

So, in 2012, comment more, share what you like with friends via social media like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. Sign up for the email to receive posts in your inbox, making it easy to forward and you never miss any Tiki Tiki.

And, seriously, consider sharing a cuento, or making a video. If you need help, editing, ideas, let me know. I can even interview you!

Think about it. Gifting us is easy! And Free!

Look for more great Tiki Tiki next year.

Until then, we leave you with Los Peces en El Rio, a joyful Spanish Christmas song, if there ever was one. (Other than Mi Burrito Sabanero!)

Share, por favor!


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