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Christmas In A Latino Family Is Just Like A Beauty Pageant And Here’s Why

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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¿Y el novio?

¿Cómo te va en la escuela?

¿Dónde trabajas?

¿Compraste carro?

¿Y EL NOVIO?

Now that everyone is around, we all get to celebrate each others’ accomplishments.

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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.

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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.

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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.

READ: If These Latino Christmas Albums Aren’t On Repeat Then You’re Not Living Your Very Best Christmas

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Socially Distanced Navidad? Here Are the Best Family Games to Play Over Zoom

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Socially Distanced Navidad? Here Are the Best Family Games to Play Over Zoom

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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!

1. Charades

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.

2. Card Games

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.

3. Bingo

Think about it: Bingo is the perfect game to play over Zoom. Websites like https://myfreebingocards.com/virtual-bingo have virtual bingo games you can play for free with up to 30 participants!

4. Heads Up!

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.

5. All Bad Cards (aka Cards Against Humanity)

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!

6. Pictionary

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.

7. Trivial Pursuit

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.

8. Outburst

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.

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This Is The Ultimate Telenovela Watch List To Help You Get Through The Holidays

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This Is The Ultimate Telenovela Watch List To Help You Get Through The Holidays

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Ok, it’s not as if any of us need an excuse to sit down and binge watch our favorite telenovelas. I mean we probably all already have a long list of favorites growing up watching them with our moms, abuelas, and tías.

Melodramas are part of our DNA, and we thrive watching the often times overly passionate scenes on TV with our favorite celebrities. One of the best things about telenovelas is that they have clear villain roles and come with a clear beginning and end. The short stories help us escape into an alternate reality where everything is a life-and-death decision. 

And thanks to a surging pandemic, we’re spending more time than ever at home in front of our screens, looking for more content to watch. So why not work on this epic list of telenovela content to help get you through the holidays.

La Reina del Sur

La Reina del Sur was (and still is) an absolute game changer that’s exactly how it will go down in history. The series that starred Kate del Castillo is about Teresa Mendoza, a woman who gets dumped into the dark world of narcos unknowingly. She soon finds herself being persecuted by the Mexican cartel and escapes to Spain only to revolutionize the drug-trafficking world in Europe. There was no intention to make a sequel, but Telemundo caved after fans requested it for years and in 2019 released another chapter of the saga. Both seasons are available on Netflix now.

La Patrona

Aracely Arámbula is one of our Latin telenovela queens. And one of her greatest telenovelas is La Patrona, in which she portrays Gabriela, a single mother who works as a miner.

Of course, being the only woman who works in the mines brings out the bullies who make her life a living hell. However, things escalate further when she crosses Antonia Guerra. Things take another turn when she finds out that Gabriela Suárez is her grandchild’s mother, and she goes to terrible lengths to get rid her.

It’s a strong classic telenovela story that features two strong women who are determined to complete their goals.

Betty, En NY

Yo Soy Betty, La Fea was a phenomenon that captivated our hearts when it first aired at the turn of the century. The Fernando Gaitán original gave us a lesson about loving oneself and not judging others by their physical appearance.

Telemundo remade the Colombian hit in 2019 and cast Elyfer Torres as the titular character of Betty en NY. The network updated the series to modern times, but the heart of the story remains. One unique aspect of the particular transformation that Betty receives is that they kept her hair curly throughout, making a statement that curly hair is also beautiful.

Rebelde

If you’re obsessed with Elite (along with the rest of the world), then you can think of Rebelde as a way less intense early 2000s version of it. It’s a remake of the Argentinian series Rebelde Way, and it’s set in an *ahem* elite boarding school.

The show follows the relationships of a group of wealthy and scholarship students who, in true Breakfast Club fashion, join together despite their differences and start a pop band. Oh, and another fun thing: They all dress like they’re about to star in a Britney Spears music video. It’s truly amazing.

Pasión de Gavilanes

If you are looking for something steamy to watch, look no further than Pasión de Gavilanes. The Colombian classic pairs three hot men with three gorgeous women, and there are lots (lots) of passionate scenes between all the couples involved. Telemundo remade this telenovela again as Tierra de Reyes with a whole new cast and abs galore.

La Que No Podía Amar

Another Televisa production, La Que No Podía Amar, completely changed the telenovela rules. Our protagonista, Ana Paula, is not your typical heroine as she is not one to take orders from anybody. Our galán is also not the usual lead man as he mistreats everyone around him due to an accident that left him unable to walk. Despite their clashing, they somehow bring out the best in each other and create a magical love.

¿Donde Está Elisa?

A telenovela meets true crime thriller? Sounds too good to be true, but it’s basically the premise of this Telemundo classic, ¿Dónde Está Elisa? 

As the family is engulfed in knowing Elisa’s whereabouts, deep, dark secrets start to unravel. How did Elisa disappear? Who is behind her disappearance? Is she dead or alive? The characters will ask themselves these questions, but the culprit of all this drama might just be at home.

La Usurpadora

This list would have a big gaping hole if we didn’t include the telenovela to end all telenovelas. La Usurpadora stars Gabriela Spanic as twin sisters Paulina and Paola, who trade places when the latter abandons her family and escapes with her love.

Paulina is the noble sister who ends up taking care of the Bracho family and finally making them feel like a family unit again. This sweet and bonkers story is one you have to watch if you call yourself a telenovela fan. Televisa adapted the story in 2019 with Sandra Echeverría as the twins. However, this time, it is set in the political world. This miniseries is available on Amazon Prime Video.

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