One of the things that I love about having two cultures is that I think it’s easier for me to add or change up traditions a bit.
For example, we no longer celebrate 3 Kings Day. It’s a little impractical for us with our school schedule. We used to get our Christmas tree on the morning of December the 24th and put it up while being intoxicated by the smell of the lechón cooking in the oven. That’s one of my very favorite Christmas memories. But alas, now I put the tree up about a week before Christmas. (I still can’t get myself to do this any earlier. It seems like rushing the magic of the holiday, but that’s not important right now.)
Yes, we still have the lechón. Not a whole one anymore. Now we just do a “pierna,” which is just enough to fit into my oven and feed my big, fat, Cuban family. With leftovers!
We always get turrones. I make lots of Crema de Vie. And I love to stuff stockings. We never had those when I was growing up, but I’ve made it one of my own family’s traditions. In fact, I shop all year for fabulous stocking stuffers, but that’s a post for another day.
One of the newer additions to our Christmas traditions is what we now call The Christmas Video. No matter that it’s actually a dvd now, it will now and forever be The Christmas Video.
This particular tradition started ten years ago when both my older kids were taking video production classes at their schools and I thought it would be fun if we could do a family slide show to show at our Noche Buena celebration. Read about how that tradition started here.
Now The Christmas Video Tradition has expanded and grown into a year-round project. I love that my extended family have not only embraced it, but now actively participate in the making of the video dvd. See?
Here is a small (30 second “commercial”) portion of one of our videos. This is where my Cuban and American cultures collide in the best possible way. Watch this:
What traditions do you keep that you grew up with? What have you added? What do you do differently? Tell me.