Culture

Memes That Perfectly Describe How Latinos Feel About The Holiday Season

When you’re Latinx and going home for the holidays, you know it’s a totally different experience than most of your friends. There’s usually a whole pig outside for léchon and there may or may not be an honorary turkey. The usual festivities that many of your friends partake in are not the most common traditions at your house. However, it might be a little frustrating or

November is basically a month to get ready for Christmas, honestly.

CREDIT: @hispanicsbelikee / Instagram

Okay, only if you’re Puerto Rican. We all have our own special holiday drinks like crema de vie, champurrado or atole de piña.

Tamales are going to be your only meals for weeks.

CREDIT: @hispanicsbelikee / Instagram

If you’re Mexican, it’s masa, masa, masa on deck. It might sound like an unpleasant experience but you low key get so excited that mom is meal prepping through the New Year.

It’s a tradition to get the house ready for Christmas while cooking the Thanksgiving dinner.

CREDIT: @xoxo_gabrielaa / Twitter

Maybe it’s because mom and dad want to save time but getting it all ready at the same time. However, it is most likely that they just didn’t want you making a mess or causing a scene so they put you to work.

Oh, and it’s Sangibing, not Thanksgiving.

CREDIT: @hispanicsbelikee / Instagram

It’s just the way our abuelas and some tías pronounce it. We use it now as a term of endearment. After all, they made us who we are so we owe them the respect of acknowledging their pronunciation.

The Thanksgiving turkey is usually not a turkey at all.

CREDIT: @hispanicsbelikee / Instagram

All the Puerto Ricans know that the holiday is all about the pernil. Meanwhile, Cubans understand that they are going to be served some delicious mojo lechon.

Not having a pernil is one of the most tragic moments.

CREDIT: @BASMRMSW / Twitter

Because you know life could get real, real dark. It is a sad Thanksgiving when you are served food that you never expected to see.

There’s nothing like chisme between primas on a special holiday gathering.

CREDIT: @jesuscov0615 / Twitter

Chisme truly keeps the family together like glue. All your tías are in the living room chismosando while the next generation of tías are training up por la misma cosa.

There are also all of the primos who like to be bad influences.

CREDIT: @HASTERband / Twitter

As for what trouble you get into, it is all different depending on the family.

Some times, things get super romantic for the parents.

CREDIT: @PeaceHeartJae / Twitter

You remember that one time that your mom was struggling in the kitchen to get everything ready in time and dad totally stepped up and helped her out. It was the most romantic thing you’ve ever seen and your mom still brags about your day to all of her comadres.

Again, tamales will be in the freezer for months.

CREDIT: @MonMonica15 / Twitter

Mom can’t just cook enough for the night of. She always makes way to much because you have to use all of the masa in one sitting.

If you’re in the south, this is what you are really hoping for.

CREDIT: @Pathway_Mind / Twitter

Especially if you are in Miami where it is so humid you can cut the humidity with a knife. It might sound dramatic, but it is the truth.

“Y el novio” season is one of the most terrifying and dreaded times in a young Latino’s life.

CREDIT: @JackelineBLopez / Twitter

It’s the bane of our Latinidad existence. The tias twice removed who always ask you about why you don’t have a boyfriend are the ones who shouldn’t. If you’re gay, it is even worse. Like, how many time do I have to tell you?

Some times dad comes through as the real MVP.

CREDIT: @xTeenageKicksx / Twitter

He is a many of few words and most of them are said over the holidays. He gets stressed from having all of the family around so he really lets things out.

Prepare to over eat and regret everything, but only for a little while.

CREDIT: @hispanicsbelikee / Instagram

Not only is there flan after flan, our families know how to stock up on pastelitos, champurrado and all other kinds of sweets.

Everyone brags about their food babies and how much they ate.

CREDIT: @hispanicsbelikee / Instagram

It is a contest. Seriously. You have to eat as much as you can and when you get full, you make room.

Saying goodbye is the longest part of any family holiday gathering.

CREDIT: @bandwhxre1D / Twitter

Even if they are visiting from out-of-state and staying in the house, we spend hours saying goodnight. It is one of the craziest things about being in a big, lively Latino family.

Three Kings Day and Christmas are a different situation.

CREDIT: @hispanicsbelikee / Instagram

Asking for gifts is fine but don’t get too specific and don’t get mad when you don’t get what you want. If you tell them you aren’t happy, you might lose the gift and be treated to “free utilities.”

Also, our families try to make the holidays last forever.

CREDIT: @hispanicsbelikee / Instagram

We just get so lazy after putting so much work into the holidays to really clean up or move on. But ,hey, that’s family and we love them no matter what.


READ: 9 Things That Happen When You Do Thanksgiving With Latinos

Share this story with all of your friends by tapping that little share button below!

Everyone, Welcome ‘Kidz Bop Karen’ The Road Raging Mom Who Doesn’t Want To ‘Calm Down’

Things That Matter

Everyone, Welcome ‘Kidz Bop Karen’ The Road Raging Mom Who Doesn’t Want To ‘Calm Down’

@barstoolsports / Twitter

Forged from a new bout of road rage, mi gente, is “Kidz Bop Karen” a woman whose foul-mouthed attack on a driver she accused of cutting her off on the road has gone viral. Kidz Bop Karen, so named after she claimed that her children could not hear her words of vitriol during her heated confrontation because they were listening to Kidz Bop, has been added to the Camera Meltdown Canon of which  “Permit Patty” and “Barbecue Betty” are members. 

Kidz Bop Karen went viral after a woman named Chelsea Klein captured her rant and shared it on Friday.

View this post on Instagram

KAREN YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN.

A post shared by chelsea (@chelbk) on

According to NBC News, Klein had in a Lyft and looking at her phone while driving down New York City’s West Side Highway when the incident occurred. She was unaware as to whether or not her drive had cut off the unidentified woman known to the internet as Kidz Bop Karen. However, she did notice the woman giving her driver and herself the bird. This was when Klein decided to give the woman a thumbs up. When the two cars finally came to a stop at a light, Kidz Bop Karen stormed over to Klein’s Lyft vehicle and hit the passenger side woman. Klein says, the altercation made her feel uncomfortable and unsure for her safety, so she began to record.

“I honestly started filming because I was scared she was going to jump in the car,” Klein told NBC News. “The look in her eyes was scary and road rage is kind of scary. I was scared for sure.”

In Klein’s video of the heated exchange, Kidz Bop Karen can be seen leaning into the Lyft driver’s front passenger window and yelling at Klein.

In the video, the Lyft driver seems to calm the situation by conceding that it was his fault. “I’m sorry. I’m really sorry. It’s my fault.” Still, Kidz Bop Karen continued to rage, sticking her tongue out at Klein and staring back at her wide-eyed.

“She thinks it’s cute that her driver almost hit my kids, and she thinks she needs to take a video of it instead of apologizing,” Kidz Bop Karen sparks sarcastically in the video.

Klein can be heard asking the Kidz Bop Karen if standing in the middle of the road helps the situation.

“You being a b—- is going to help?” Klein snapped back before yelling “I don’t know? Calm down! Calm down!” 

As the driver once again makes an attempt to defuse the situation by apologizing, Kidz Bop Karen continues her rampage. 

“It is your fault,” she tells the driver before whirling around and facing Klein. “And you know, that didn’t upset me, but the b—- a– h– that told me to calm down? What I’d like you to do is apologize instead of being a b—-.”

Klein attempts to apologize before reminding the woman that her children could  hear her calling her a “b—- a– h–.”  Klein told NBC that from her seat she make out an adult and older child in the woman’s card. Kleins says the child looked to be crying. 

In response, Kidz Bop Karen barks back with the ultimate line that has garnered her fame.

“My kids can’t hear me calling you a b—- … they can’t hear me because they’re listening to ‘Kidz Bop.'”

Before the video ends, and Klein and her driver drove off, Kidz Bop Karen told Klein that her “attitude sucks d—.”

Soon after capturing the moment, Klein says she shared the altercation with the site Barstool Sports, and it didn’t take long for the video to go viral. As of now, the original video has 16 million views on Twitter. While Kidz Bop Karen has remained unidentified, she did speak to TMZ and says that she’s bothered by being labeled a Republican because of the video. According to TMZ, Kidz Bop Karen has said that she feels her “her behavior is fair game for trolls because she acted like this in public.” She apparently has also said that she does not hold any animosity towards Klein  who filmed her rant and would like to apologize.

Speaking to NBC, a Lyft spokesperson released a statement in response to the incident saying: “The safety of our community is fundamental to Lyft. We have reached out to the rider and driver involved in this incident and stand ready to support any investigation.”

For those interested, Kidz Bop Karen told TMZ that the Kidz Bops tune that her kids were listening to was “Old Town Road.”

Breaking News: The Queen Of Christmas Has Officially Declared It The Holiday Season

Entertainment

Breaking News: The Queen Of Christmas Has Officially Declared It The Holiday Season

@mariahcarey / Instagram

The Easter bunny and the Groundhog have their place in wrangling in their respective seasons and so does Mariah Carey. The Queen of Christmas has officially cut the tape and welcomed in the Christmas season. Cue the jingle bells, falling snowflakes, and the songbird supreme’s breathy Christmas soundtracks we all hold dear.

The Christmas Queen says it’s officially Christmas and so it is so.

The announcement comes after a declaration from Carey last week that it wasn’t appropriate to play Christmas music yet.

In a hilarious post to her Instagram page, Carey shared a series of video clips of her proclaim that it was “not yet” Christmas. 

After a fun Halloween night with friends, the chanteuse shared a hilarious video declaring “breaking news” that the holiday season was officially here. 

View this post on Instagram

Breaking news ❄️

A post shared by Mariah Carey (@mariahcarey) on

In a short clip shared to her Instagram Carey was dressed in her  ’80s rocker- themed Halloween suit (paired with a fantastic wig) and fell  asleep in her bed at 11:59 p.m.  The video showed the clock officially striking midnight and the date changing to November 1st just as Carey’s iconic holiday single, “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” played out. Carey wakes up in the video wearing Christmas pajamas and to a phone call from Santa Claus. It isn’t until Santa greets her with a Ho Ho Ho that Carey proclaims “it’s time!”

It might just be the start of November, but Carey (the official Reina de Christmas) has spoken and fans are already the holiday spirit. 

Not only were Carey’s fan’s on board, but celebrities were quick to reply with excitement as well.

Kelly Ripa replied “YES IT IS!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”

Actress Lacey Chabert of Mean Girls wrote It’s time!!!!!🎄😂”

While Reese Witherspoon replied “YESSSS!”

But the fun declaration isn’t the only one by Carey being used by the songstress to ring in the holiday season.

In just the past three days, Carey has shared four other posts about her excitement for Christmas. “Kicking off the festivities with a brand new video cut for All I Want For Christmas Is You (Unreleased Video Footage) ❄🎄 hope you like it!!! Link in bio 💖” In a more recent post to her Instagram, Carey announced she was kicking off the holiday festivities with a new cut of her “All I Want For Christmas Is You” music video. 

She also kicked of the Christmas commercial season with an advertisement for Walkers Chips.

In the video Carey can be seen singing her classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You” song and fighting for a bag of the British snack food Walkers. In a post to her Instagram page promoting the commercial, Carey wrote What I really want for Christmas…
#MustBeWalkers @walkers_crisps.” 

The British commercial is just one UK-derived project for the star.

View this post on Instagram

@CosmopolitanUK December Issue ❄️ Out Now!

A post shared by Mariah Carey (@mariahcarey) on

Carey also shared to her Instagram on early Monday that she has been featured in Cosmo UK’s December Issue with the theme Sleigh Girl Sleigh. In her profile with the UK magazine, Carey revealed how she wrote “All I Want For Christmas Is You”: “”I just sat down, decorated a little tree and put on It’s A Wonderful Life and tried to get into that mood. Then I sat in this small room with a keyboard and started doing little melodies and stuff. I was going over all the things I think about at Christmas time that make me happy and how to turn it around and make it into a love song.” It also details just how the singer celebrates Christmas in her own home. These moments include “getting into a zen Christmas Zone: “I will only allow a harmonious day in my house – you have to comply or you can get out. That’s how you avoid the arguments. You’re not invited if you’re going to cause any drama. There are no fights on Christmas.” and booking a flight to Aspen “

“Christmas officially starts on the 23rd with my extended family. We’re not together, but Nick [Cannon, Mariah’s ex-husband and father to her twins] will usually come by. And usually we’re in Aspen. When I get off the plane, our drivers have All I Want For Christmas… playing, we have hot cocoa and some butterscotch schnapps. Then we’ll go through the woods on a two- horse open sleigh with blankets and real reindeer. It’s freezing cold but it’s beautiful and you’re looking at the stars. It’s an incredible moment I love every year.” Carey admits that she also has two Christmas trees, which includes on in her bedroom and plays party games with her kids.

The takeaways? Mariah Carey has a Christmas celebration that not even your Madre can compete with and Christmas is officially OFFICIALLY here!