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These Latino Holiday Gifts Are Anything But Basic

Consider yourself #blessed because you, YES, you have quirky friends. Luckily for you, Christmas shopping for them is also fun because you don’t have to go on a mission and do detective work only to find out they want something super specific, like a shade of matte, semi-shimmer lipstick by some influencer brand you can’t remember.

But, those aren’t your problems. Our shop has nothing but gift solutions for your group of friends. Your biggest problem will be choosing from all the dope stuff we have. And if you can’t, have your friend pick a number between 1 through 8…and SAS! That’s their gift from this list:

Magic Ocho Ball

Are cosmic energy and astrological signs porn for your friends? PERFECT! The Magic Ocho Ball has arrived and has all the answers to their inner-most pressing questions, like: “Are we eating sobras for dinner again?” “Is the love of my life going to show up at my door and do my laundry?” “Will my mom be chill when I get home after 10 this weekend?”…Tell your friend, don’t worry, I’ve gotchu and watch their face light up when they unwrap their own Magic Ocho Ball.

No Pos Ta Cabron Unisex Sweatshirt

Christmas is a time of contemplation. So, have your friend (or dad, tío or primo) reflect like a viejito and look back on thier life with this hilarious, “No Pos Ta Cabron,” sweater. Maybe this will get them to think about their ex, or that they’re not getting paid enough at work, or they’ll remember all the times their mom kept bringing up that you’re looking more “llenito.” Well, ta cabron my friend, and nothing says that like this sweater.

Guacardo Fashion Doll

This Guacardo is EVERYTHING. Like, literally, customize him however you want! Change his shirt, turn his frown upside down, throw a pink K-pop wig on him, WHAT???? EV???? ER????YOU????WANT????. Gift this fashion icon and your friends will never ask you for anything ever again. (Pssst, or you can totally get this for yourself).

Tragos Card Game

Tragos is the perfect game to get TURNT [in Spanish] this holiday season. It’ll make for a great stocking stuffer for the special people on your list that always roll up to the house with the michelada kit, coquito, tequila (whatever, you guys drink…but please be 21 and responsible–osea, no te metas en pedos EH). But as the saying goes, “Tis the season to play Tragos…falalala-LA, quiero TO-MAR!”

Concha Sweatshirt

Oh DANG, who’s that looking delicious AF in a concha sweatshirt? OH…is that your friend or prima? And, did you get them this for Christmas? OMG, look at’chu winning all the awards for best gifts this year ????. 

Avocado Cross Body Bag

Nothing quite says chic and “I put avocado on EVERYTHING” like this adorable crossbody bag. Your friends will cry when they open this gift up. And if you wanna be super extra, we recommend getting other adorable trinkets from our shop and stowing them in the bag. #Gift-ception.

Guacardo Selena Plushie

You can shake this Guacardo’s hips like a washing machine and make her the perfect stocking stuffer for your quirky friends who ???? Selena. It’s the perfect size to hang off a backpack, purse or keyring. Your friends or family can also carry it everywhere and hold it on their hearts because it’s just too precious. 

Concha Speaker

Everyone and their mother has those basic stand-up speakers. Gift your friends or family a speaker that connects with their soul. Your friends will be able to bump their most fire jams with this fresh-looking pink concha speaker. Your friends will instantly notice how this speaker adds a new “dulce” factor to their favorite songs and it’s perfect to carry everywhere they go. Please don’t eat this speaker though.

NAMASTE-home, I got some FIRE ass candles for Christmas.” – Your Friends.

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A Paragliding Santa From California Got Entangled In Power Lines

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A Paragliding Santa From California Got Entangled In Power Lines

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Ho ho… whoa.

It’s the holiday season and as we all know this compacted with the singularity of 2020, guarantees a winter full of the bizarre. Previous incidents have made Santas stuck in chimneys and elves thieving a sort of holiday norm. Just when we thought nothing could really shock us, a recent story out of Rio Linda, California is shaking up the holiday weirds.

On Sunday, the power lines of Rio Linda, California received a particular shock when a paraglider dressed as Santa Claus fell crashed right into them.

The Santa was spotted being stuck in the power lines for over an hour on Sunday before he was safely removed.

According to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, the Santa Clause was released from the power lines after being trapped for over an hour. CBS Sacramento reported that a woman by the name of Alisa Cumbra learned bout the incident after her son recorded the crash. Cumbra told CBS she didn’t know what to believe.

“I’m like, is he okay? Did he get electrocuted? What’s going on?” Cumbra explained.

Neighbors told outlets that they’ve heard the pilot in the skies in the area before. “We see him flying around all of the time. It’s like some kind of go-kart with a parachute on top of it,” a woman named Crystal Kennedy, who lives near the crash site explained.

“He did it. He went ahead and did it. He hit the power line,” a woman named Angela, who claimed to be the pilot’s friend told CBS.

According to friends of the flying Santa, the pilot just wanted to spread some holiday cheer.

“He was just flying over here to drop off some candy canes for the kids. And, that’s when he experienced engine problems,” Kennedy explained.

According to the fire department, there were no conductions from the lines occurring at the time. “The pilot had a mishap. He was actually out doing something, really good for the community, and in 2020 I think it’s something we all need,” Cpt. Chris Vestal said.

“We are happy to report #Santa is uninjured and will be ready for #Christmas next week, but perhaps with a new sleigh!” the fire department wrote.

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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