La Navidad is upon us which means on thing: the competition is on. On most years, the holiday gathering takes on a feeling of a beauty pageant. Surely, this year will be no different, just via Zoom. Here’s what it is usually like at a Latino holiday gathering, even if no one will admit it.
You have family arriving from literally everywhere.
One family from Jalisco, two from Monterrey, one Texas, another from Nebraska for some reason…and it just never stops. There is always at least one or two family members you meet for the first time at these things. It is just a fact that our families are big because everyone stays connected.
We are all so used to giving up our bedrooms because there are so many contestants every year.
Tbh, this is one of the most fun parts. It isn’t like you get to see your family like this all the time. It is sad that we won’t be able to gather like we used to but we can all know that these days will be here soon.
You always have to look your best because that’s what the holidays are about, right?
Grand entrance done right on navidad. It is that special time when you dust off and iron your better than Sunday best and get all ready for hours to sit in the living. Well, seems that part of the holidays is still intact.
You pretend like you’ve been dieting so everyone will think you lost some weight.
This is very important. Almost as important as the bathing suit portion of the pageant. This is when you have to do your best to highlight all of your positive attributes. Make sure you act like you don’t know what carbs are and like the meal you are having is a rarity.
Like beauty pageants, no competition is complete without a dance number.
Songs like “Suavemente” and “La Chona” will definitely get your family moving to the ritmo. Everyone has been at a family gathering when suddenly everyone starts dancing nonstop because the playlist just slaps. Keep up or die trying.
Everyone suddenly has a secret talents they want to show off.
It’s almost like they planned for this all year or something. Not to mention that you have been working on yours for months and want to make sure you really shine. This is your shot. Get ready You can do this!
If you live in the southern part of the U.S. you’ll likely still have a bathing suit moment.
It has to be new, designer, have a stellar print and you’ve got to look good. If not, the whole trip is a waste. Remember, it’s about being the best while still loving your family for the wonderful people they are.
Get ready for some very personal and aggressive questioning.
¿Y el novio?
¿Cómo te va en la escuela?
¿Y EL NOVIO?
Now that everyone is around, we all get to celebrate each others’ accomplishments.
There are so many reasons to love your family and the endless hyping they do is one of them. Honestly, it is so nice to have people around you telling you that you can achieve your dreams and to let you know that they have your back.
It’ll be nice to spend the time together to celebrate, even is it is on Zoom.
Family is the most important part of life. They are they are the ones there to lift you up and keep you grounded at the same time. If it wasn’t for your family, think of all of the times you would have been defeated and alone.
And, unlike a beauty pageant, the judges are here to love everyone.
That is every tía and abuela just showering their precious loves with all of the appreciation they deserve. It is really one of the greatest times of the year.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to cue the balloons, bouquet of red roses and pink and heart everything! The truth is, even as one of the most manufactured and cheesy holidays, Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful way to remind the person in your life that you love them.
And while it often seems like the pressure has to solely be on one partner, it’s also a time of year for us all to step up.
Fortunately, Reddit is teeming with ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts for men.
Check it out below!
“I was in college (22M). I a girl I had known since high school had a crush on me and I could tell. She was a student at the same university and we would occasionally meet our group of friends for lunch. This little gathering had gone on for several semesters and we all knew each other quite well. This girl had a really rough life and a learning disability that prevented her from reading social situations and advancing in her studies. I had been trough an incredibly difficult break up the previous semester and was looking at a lonely Valentine’s day. I am not sure if she was told by a mutual friend or if she took her own initiative but she got me a little sucker bouquet in a coffee mug for me. I have a really bad sweet tooth and am a coffee addict so this was the perfect gift. We ended up getting lunch just the two of us and had a great time. I will always remember how much fun I had.” –Brighter_Lighter
“My girlfriend made me a comic book of us and all of our adventures. Yes I cried.” –FireButchJones
“When I first started dating my now fiance, we worked together, along with her ex. When he found out we were dating he tried talking to me in the breakroom, and casually talked shit, saying shes clingy, etc. Then he said “You know, I would tell you some more stuff but im afraid you’d chirp (while making a talking hand gesture)”. He tried to act ghetto to the point where I was embarrassed for him. That became an inside joke between me and her, and I started saying stuff mockingly, like ‘Im gonna chirp up in this bitch’ and ‘Im chirping in the trap.’ Then it turned into us creating comics back and forth called “The Adventures of Chirp and Trap”. Everyday one of us would draw a comic, and the other would continue the story. Chirp was a bird who usually wore either a cowboy hat or a Rambo outfit, and Trap was a bird in a cage. I think we still have them somewhere, but one of the funniest ones was Chirp having to rescue Trap from a Dothraki horde.” –Treegs
“Every year, my mom makes this cookie cake with chocolate and strawberries and it’s the best thing ever. That’s the only ‘gift’ I’ve ever gotten for Valentine’s day (so far) Edit: forgot to take a picture of the first one but luckily she made an extra mini one this year. This is the first time she’s added the white chocolate, and it’s usually in the shape of a heart, but here it is.” –Zaquarius_Alfonzo
“Not a gf, but one time my parents bought me a box of slim jims as a kid and it lasted me until May. Was great.
I’ll marry the next woman who buys me a big ass box of slim jims.” –
“My parents would get me valentines day presents all the time! One year was a restaurant sized tub of ketchup (since I really loved ketchup at the time). It was both useful and fun! Though we threw it out before I finished it off, because the bottom of the tub was beginning to be a bit… off.
I’ve never gotten anything for valentines day not from my parents.” –
“A letter telling me all that she loves about me and how I treat her. It was the best. Her birthday was a couple of days after so it was very hard making her feel loved and appreciated like I felt when I gave her a shitty valentines gift.
The second best has to be nothing (different partner). Literal nothing. I bought her some of her favorite candy. But it was great because it really showed how our relationship was and I knew she wasn’t the right one for me and I wasn’t the one for her. She dumped me a couple days later. Couldn’t say I was surprised.” –cbarnes15
“one year a girl i was dating just sent me a big long message basically a letter telling me she wished she could be there with me (long distance relationship) and i was going through a rough patch and really drove home how much she cared about me and it was really beautiful, she was really good at making me feel special. i tried to do the same but i guess im just not good at it, i mailed her a letter i had written with her favorite candy but yeah the relationship eventually fell apart and i feel bad i couldn’t get across how strongly i felt about her.” –alchupanebra
“I got a steak, bourbon, a jump rope, and a bag of dorotos. I gave her a “sexy/naughty” calendar of me doing household chores wearing only an apron, a week of nightly foot rubs, I made her cinnamon rolls from scratch, and I hid 50 Ferrero Rocher around the house.” –Raininglemur
“I made a friend of mine who is a single woman a computer “game” that turned her xbox controller into a vibrator. I included all sorts of preset patterns too so that with button presses or voice commands you could change it up.” –
“I feel like I’m the only one who likes to give foot rubs. I think it’s a good work out for my grip strength and ladies love em. Like just ask and I’ll gladly give one. My ex didn’t like her feet touched though so I rarely gave them.” –drsquires
“It was junior year and my psychology class was doing a secret Santa type thing but for Valentine’s Day since we were close. I got a girl who I was fine with giving a gift to. Drew her a nice rose, wrote something cute and gave her chocolates, not a lot. What I got from another girl was pretty impressive. I got a nice handwritten card, a jar of kisses, and a bunch of candy put into a cute bag. Now, I was antisocial af and this was completely unexpected. I was expecting her to give me like a chocolate bar or something but nah, she gave me the entire bag! Such a friendly girl, wish her the best in her college life now.
I also got a valentines gram which had chocolates sent to me anonymously but I already knew it was this one girl a grade above me that sent it. Weird cause I’m usually the one that never gets shit.” –Reddit User
“When I was in high school from my first serious girlfriend. My first valentine’s day in a relationship. We had been dating about five months at the time.
I ask her what she wants for valentine’s day. She says she doesn’t want anything, just a dinner with me (I already had reservations). I ask her again, incredulously, “you don’t want anything, not even flowers?”
“No, I don’t want anything.”
“Are you sure? No flowers?”
“Don’t get me flowers.”
So… I don’t get her anything except chocolate and a dinner reservation. Definitely no flowers.
At the end of the day, she is upset she hasn’t gotten any flowers delivered. I tell her that I didn’t get her any, she told me not to. She cries, and tells me not to talk to her. Refuses to answer my calls. We don’t go out to dinner, and I spend valentine’s day alone.
My gift? One of the greatest lessons I have ever learned – don’t take women literally, it’s a trap.
“My sophomore year of high school some girl who I really hadn’t thought much of gave me a card that read “To: Cute boy, you have a really nice smile”. We hung out a bit after that but things didn’t go to great (long story). Anyways that one valentine started a chain reaction that ended some serious depression I had and now I smile more often.” –supeguy212
This Christmas, unfortunately, is going to be tough for a lot of people. With the coronavirus pandemic still waging on, many of us have had to make the tough decision to stay home for the holidays. That means no traveling out of town or visiting extended family like we have in years past.
If you come from a family that likes to get into the competitive spirit and play games over the holidays, then giving up that tradition might feel too disappointing. Luckily, we can all rely on technology to keep us connected in these trying times when we’re forced to be apart.
We’ve compiled a list of Zoom-friendly games that you can play with your family over the holidays and beyond. Take a peak at our fun picks below!
This one’s an easy one. All you have to do is create a Zoom link, send it out to family members and pick a topic to act out. If you’re having trouble thinking of a word, trying using a Charades word generator.
Who says a little old pandemic can keep us from playing cards with our loved ones? For many of us, playing cards with our family is as steadfast a holiday tradition as exchanging gifts is. Log on to https://playingcards.io/ to create a custom game room to share with your family.
Heads Up! is a game in which a player has to guess which word/topic is on their phone screen by the clues their team members are giving them. In order to make the most of this game, players at each Zoom location will have to download the Heads Up! app on their phone. And after that, it’s smooth sailing.
If you’re the type of family that likes to push the envelope over a game of Cards Against Humanity, consider logging onto https://allbad.cards/. All you have to do is generate a party room and send the link out to the members of your “party”. Then, you’re ready to go!
Pictionary is the kind of game that Zoom was practically invented for. In order to play this game, you’ll have to fire up Zoom’s whiteboard tool and share your screen with all of the participating players. Again, if you can’t think of a topic, get some help with a Pictionary random word generator.
You’ll have to own this classic board game in order to play over Zoom, but if you do, setting it up and playing is super easy. In order to make this game user-friendly for all participants, make sure there’s someone in your location that can play on the same team as someone in a different Zoom location. That way, all the players can be sure that there’s no cheating involved.
If you’re a fan of Family Feud, then Outburst is probably right up your alley. This game requires that each player brainstorm lists off of a given topic (i.e. Top Ten Christmas songs). Unfortunately, there is no virtual or online version of the game, but instead, team members can take turns coming up with topics and having other players brainstorm lists.