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

If you’re like so many other people this holiday season, then the Coronavirus pandemic has pushed you to embrace the holidays more than ever. From buying your first Christmas tree to decorate or trying to make Hanukkah favorites, it seems that COVID-19 is inspiring many of us to embrace tradition for some sense of normalcy.

A major part of the holidays is the music. And thankfully, in a year in which Latino artists have ruled the top of the music charts, we have no shortage of Latino holiday albums to choose from.

These are just a few of our favorites that are sure to help you maximize that holiday spirit amid all the uncertainty and drama of 2020.

Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas

No holiday music roundup would be complete without the Queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey. Although this album is now almost 30 years old, it still has some of our favorite holiday songs ever.

The chart-topping album contains some of the top Christmas hits and if you’re not singing along, then you’re not enjoying Christmas. Plain and simple.

Jose Feliciano: Feliz Navidad

Few songs bring out the holiday spirit as much as “Feliz Navidad.” It’s an iconic Christmas song that just celebrated it’s 50th birthday and is as popular as ever. Named after Jose’s iconic Christmas jam, Feliz Navidad, the album features a handfull of additional tracks that will get your family in a festive mood.

Los Lobos: Llegó Navidad

Feliz Navidad! Four decades into their career, East L.A. Latin-rock party starters Los Lobos finally lent their irresistible stylings to holiday fare. The group rips through 11 festive classics from the Spanish-speaking world—including Freddy Fender’s “Christmas Time In Texas” and salsa favorite “La Murga”—plus one original, a blues-tinged track for the lonely called “Christmas and You.” Dig in.

Gloria Estefan: Christmas Through Your Eyes

Gloria blessed the world in 1993 when she released her Christmas album. The album is filled with holiday classics with a jazz and pop twist. There is also a Spainish-language single titled “Arbolito de Navidad.”

Christina Aguilera: My Kind of Christmas

Soultry and soulful (would you expect anything else) Christina brings all the nostolgia as she puts her twist on classics such as The Christmas Song and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Celia Cruz: Feliz Navidad, Christmas In Cuba

What’s Christmas without Celia? It’s not a party. This classic holiday album by the Queen of Salsa is the perfect way to get everyone in the house in the holiday spirit. An ode to the holiday and her home country, who wouldn’t dance when this is turn on and all the way up!

Andrea Bocelli: Mi Navidad

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli impressed the entire Latino community when he released the Spanish-language version of his Christmas album. Cue all the Christmas chills.

Adrienne Houghton: New Tradiciones

Adrienne shocked the world when she released this album, making it one of the best holiday surprises. The singer collaborated with her husband Isreal Houghton on a few of the sweet songs, making the album extra special.

Various Artists: Navidad Fiesta Universal

Ok, so this isn’t exactly one artist’s holiday album but it contains so many great hits that it had to make the list. From “Santa Claus Llegó a La Ciudad” by Luis Miguel to Los Tigres Del Norte’s Christmas hit “La Navidad de Los Pobres”, it should definitely be on your holiday music playlist.

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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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Stephen And Ayesha Curry Are Donating Thousands of Books To Schools For Christmas

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Stephen And Ayesha Curry Are Donating Thousands of Books To Schools For Christmas

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Hark the herald! Stephen and Ayesha Claus Curry– are here to bring literary joy this season.

The Golden State Warrior and his wife are donating thousands of books to schools around Oakland, California this holiday season in an effort to bring joy to children.

The couple, behind Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation, made the announcement earlier this week.

“We along with our entire team at Eat. Learn. Play. understand the importance of early childhood education, especially when it comes to literacy,” Stephen and Ayesha told People magazine in a recent interview. “Nothing is more basic, more essential, more foundational, or more important to a child’s success in life than the ability to read well. We know there is a lot of work to be done, but with partners like Literati, we’re hopeful that we will be able to make an impact on these children’s lives.”

The Currys’ donations will arrive to schools in boxes that will contain six books.

The packages will include five children’s books and one for adults. All of which come from Stephen Curry’s “Underrated” book club selection.

Along with their thousand book giveaway, the couple’s Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation will donate boxes to students who are learning remotely amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in collaboration with and Literati. Fourteen thousand boxes will go directly to Oakland Unified Schools.

According to people, “The remainder of the donation, which was also made possible through Bay Area investor Aydin Senkut of Felicis Ventures, will be distributed through community partners in the new year.”

Speaking about their own experiences of teaching their children during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Stephen and Ayesha (who are parents to Canon W. Jack, 2, Ryan Carson, 5, and Riley, 8) told People that they’ve been hard work attempting to keep their children busy and learning.

“My oldest is pretty disciplined so that’s been easy, but our 5-year-old has a little trouble staying engaged for an extended period of time,” Ayesha, host of ABC’s new show “Family Food Fight,” explained.

Ayesha says she has found that taking part in “some kind of physical activity right before class starts” helps her daughter Ryan “to focus the mind and get some of the wiggles out, and periodic ‘dance breaks’ between lessons.”

“We also added resistance workout bands to the legs of her chair, which give her something to do if she gets antsy during a long Zoom session,” Stephen added.

“Luckily for me, Stephen has really stepped in with education and their schooling. And I’m okay with that because I birthed them so now [he] can birth and nurture their education,” Ayesha joked in a recent episode of “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”

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