Navidad is on Christmas Eve 1
Latinos celebrate Christmas Eve and exchange presents at midnight. I lost count of how many times my husband and I have debated the merits of waiting until Christmas morning. I really can't wait until my younger one gets older and I can go back to party on Nochebuena.
What's wrong with El Niño Jesús? 2
In many Latin American countries, the Christimas gifts are brought by Baby Jesus. My kids were overjoyed to discover that one of the perks of being Latinos is that they get gifts from Santa, their grandparents, and El Niño Jesús. Yes, there are the Three Wise Men, too!
Turkey tastes like nothing! 3
I'm still waiting for a Latino to say the American style turkey is delicious. My husband lobbies every year to ditch the pavo and embrace el lechón o pernil. I always cook both and the typical Venezuelan hallacas. Neighbors show up with tamales, pupusas and all kinds of Latin dishes. Usually, very few touch the turkey, unless it has some Latin ingredient somewhere.
Oh no, mami está llorando! 5
There is always somebody who is not with us. My brother lives in Spain, my sister in New York. We live in Florida. It's impossible not to get nostalgic.
Who is going to Skype abuela? 6
And because it's in the nature of immigrant families to spread out, the laptop or the smartphones come to the rescue. It's a parade of faces over Skype or WhatsApp.
Do you really have to work on Christmas? 7
Both my husband and I have to work the day before Christmas, which is sacrilegious to my family, although we are not really religious. I've been in the U.S. for 21 years now and still can't get used to it.
Do we really have to do the Reyes Magos thing? 8
My husband grew up with the Three Wise Men bringing him the presents, so we always do a symbolic gift to our kids, but its staring to seem much to keep up with all the traditions.
You watch out for the baby that can choke you 9
Mexicans have this great tradition of putting a baby inside this cake bake it on Three Wise Men day, on January 6th. Whoever gets the baby, has to host a tamale party on February the 2nd. Although we are not Mexicans, my girlfriends and I have been doing this for the last three years. The problem is avoiding choking on the baby.