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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As for what trouble you get into, it is all different depending on the family.
Some times, things get super romantic for the parents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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