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You’ll Be Filled With Christmas Joy After You See These Incredible Nacimientos

Growing up Latino means that putting up a nacimiento is just as essential a part of Christmas, as putting up a tree. And if there’s one cliche that has proven to be true, time and again, it’s that Latino moms tend to be extra AF in everything they do, and the representation of Jesus’ birthday is no small matter. 

Nacimientos tend to be over the top, dramatic and a little chaotic. 

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The representation of Jesus’s birth, known as nacimiento in Mexico, pesebre in Colombia and other South American countries, or Belen in Spain, is a centuries-old tradition in the Catholic world. All you really need to tell the story are three basic figures: Virgin Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. But why limit yourself?  Nativity Scenes are usually elaborate, over the top extravaganzas that families work tirelessly on for the holiday season. So we made a roundup of the most OTT, wild nacimientos. 

The nacimiento with more than 5000 figurines.

This is the largest nacimiento in Tula de Allende. Set up by Mari Espindola, this massive nativity scene has more than 5000 figurines. If this isn’t over the top then we don’t know what is. Though, tbh, who doesn’t want to get a few photos in front of it for the ‘Gram?

How about a millennial nativity scene, anyone?

This scene reimagined the birth of Jesus in the digital age. We couldn’t help LOLing at the three ‘reyes magos’ aboard their Segways, carrying Amazon Prime gifts. “Virgin Mary” putting on her best duckface, holding her Starbucks cup, while “Joseph” snaps a selfie. Ugh #goals.

This is the definition of over-the-top.

You. Guys. This is an over the top nacimiento if ever we’ve seen one. It’s so over-the-top that we couldn’t even locate Jesus and family amid Notre Dame, a Ferris Wheel, a lit-up lake and two carrousels. Love the dedication though. 

This modernist nacimiento went for it with actual water.

So this nacimiento is a true work of art. Check out that play of proportions, the warm lighting, the columns —and the running real, water in the fountain! 10/10

This nacimiento is literally lit.

I wouldn’t want to be the person responsible for paying that electricity bill. But granted, the lights add a whimsical touch to this nacimiento. 

The backyard nacimiento of our dreams.

This family was not about to let that whole yard go to waste so they made a huge nativity scene to keep the space occupied. Complete with a hand-painted, star-studded sky, little cardboard houses, a river with actual water in it and hanging angels —yeah that’s right, they’re hanging, flying if you will. 

The animal lovers’ nacimiento you didn’t know you needed.

We’re not sure, but would be willing to bet that the person who set up this nacimiento is vegan, or at least a big animal lover. Don’t ask us why, but this Belen seems to be a little mixed up with another biblical story, ‘Noah’s Ark’ and examples from all the world’s animals gathered around the pesebre to greet little baby Jesus. 

The good boi nacimiento to melt your heart.

We simply couldn’t scroll past this iconic nacimiento and not include it in this list. So many good bois and they’re all playing their parts so well. I mean, just look at that baby Jesus, look at him. Our ice-cold hearts just melted. 

Nacimiento or Stranger Things?

The lights, the figurines, the fake water, the kitsch. We’re obsessed with this nacimiento. One thing’s clear after scrolling through these pictures; this family takes the nacimiento very seriously, and we commend them for it. 

This family turned a whole room into a nacimiento.

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A. Whole. Room. Not just a little space under the tree, or a table. Nope. This family took things seriously and vacated an entire room to make space for the representation of baby Jesus’ birth. They have a special place in heaven already.

Who doesn’t love a miniature city? 

More than a nacimiento, this is all of Bethlehem in miniature form. Complete with lighting, greenery, animals, and dozens of inhabitants. Obsessed.

Lastly, check out this architectonic nacimiento.

This wild and beautiful nacimiento was donated by an architect to a church in Antioquia, Colombia. The nativity scene has 1,800 figurines that represent different Colombian traditions.

READ: Mexican Government Makes It Illegal To Buy And Sell The Moss Families Use To Create Their Nacimientos

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This Iñupiaq TikToker Has A Thing Or Two To Teach You About Celebrating Indigenous Cultures Online

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This Iñupiaq TikToker Has A Thing Or Two To Teach You About Celebrating Indigenous Cultures Online

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An Indigenous woman from Utqiagvik, Alaska who is part of the Iñupiaq tribe is TikTok’s latest culture sensation.

While the rest of us are stuck indoors and quarantining, Patuk Glenn has been amassing a following on Instagram and teaching her 81,000 followers about the Iñupiaq culture, traditions, and daily routines. From sharing videos about hunting to showing off her culture’s traditional clothing, Glenn’s videos are a reminder that beyond being alive, indigenous cultures around the globe are resilient– even in the face of our world’s constant attempts to change and eliminate them.

Glenn’s trending TikTok videos run the gamut from cooking to wearing her traditional clothing.

In some videos, Glenn shares the recipe for Inuit ice cream (caribou fat, ground caribou meat, and seal meat) or shares what her traditional clothing looks like. In one truly insightful clip, she takes her followers through a traditional ice cellar in her mother’s house. There, Glenn shared with her viewers that she and her family use the permafrost surround the cellar to preserve whale, seal, and caribou.

Given some of the food content, some of Glenn’s videos have received some backlash to which she isn’t batting much of an eye.

In videos where Glenn features food from whales (muktuk, or whale skin) she says that she has become used to receiving not so positive comments on occasion. Speaking to CBC News, Glenn explained that such comments are hurtful at times but mostly only inspire to continue to educate her followers more. “At first I was really upset,” she explained. “From there, with all of the negative backlash, I felt like it was my responsibility to help educate on why our Inuit people in the Arctic are hunters and gatherers.”

Glenn says that negative comments only push her to share more and educate her followers, particularly because she would like her daughter to be able to share her love for her culture one day as well. “We don’t want our kids to feel ashamed of who they are and where they came from. That’s what really hurt me the most.”

Impressively, Glenn says that learning on TikTok has become a two-way street too.

From TikTok, Glenn says that she has been able to learn and educate herself more about other Indigenous cultures as well. Glenn’s growing understanding of these groups and tribes (like Navajo and Cree) are a welcome surprise. Particularly for someone who, like the rest of us, is taught very little about the world’s Indigenous populations. “In the United States, we’re largely left out of the media. There’s no representation of us,” Glenn shared. “It’s 2020, we have a real opportunity in this day and age to be able to educate the world where institutional education has failed, or where mainstream media has failed.”

For Glenn, her fight to teach others more about her culture is vital. “This platform is helping give the power back into Indigenous people’s hands, to speak on behalf of themselves. I think that’s the really cool piece of it.”

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BREAKING: After Almost Thirty Years, A Tía Abuela Took The Plastic Off Of Her Chair And Twitter Is Sweating

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BREAKING: After Almost Thirty Years, A Tía Abuela Took The Plastic Off Of Her Chair And Twitter Is Sweating

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In 2001, the Wall Street Journal wrote a piece about plastic slipcovers. The headline? Plastic Slipcovers Are the Clear Choice For Immigrants — and Trend-Setters. The piece examined the reasons why immigrants in particular use plastic slipcovers. Of course, as children of immigrants and immigrants ourselves, we don’t need A Wall Street Journal article from the early aughts to tell us why they come in handy. Furthermore, why they’ve proven to be a household essential amongst our families. For so many Latino households, slipcovers have been used as protective devices. Things to preserve our furniture for special occasions years and years down the line like if the President or Jesus ever come around. In short, the slipcovers only come off for very special occasions.

One abuela recently decided that she was done waiting for special occasions and stripped the covers off.

In a recent post to a user’s Twitter page, an abuela can be seen carefully doing away with a slipcover she’d been using for 30 years.

In a post to Twitter, a user known as @TheTaeWae shared a video of her great aunt peeling a very old and yellowed slipcover off of her fancy couch. “Y’all my great aunt took the plastic off of her chair for the first time in 30 some years,” she shared in the post.

The great abuela is not the only one pumped though. Users on Twitter cannot get enough of it.

Literally the video is the sweetest thing because the user’s great aunt is so clearly excited to have a chance to sit down on the fancy fabric of the chair.

Fans were super excited to see what the rest of this woman’s house looks likes.

And many users were eager to share cleaning tips to keep the sofa in shape.

Seriously, if you’ve got hot tips tell us in the comments below.

Because some Latinas are revealing that their own aunts and abuelas’ furniture looks like.

And we are here to cheer them on as they take them off.

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