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Memes That Perfectly Describe How Latinos Feel About The Holiday Season

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When you’re Latinx and going home for the holidays, you know it’s a totally different experience than most of your friends. There’s usually a whole pig outside for léchon and there may or may not be an honorary turkey. The usual festivities that many of your friends partake in are not the most common traditions at your house. However, it might be a little frustrating or

November is basically a month to get ready for Christmas, honestly.

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Okay, only if you’re Puerto Rican. We all have our own special holiday drinks like crema de vie, champurrado or atole de piña.

Tamales are going to be your only meals for weeks.

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If you’re Mexican, it’s masa, masa, masa on deck. It might sound like an unpleasant experience but you low key get so excited that mom is meal prepping through the New Year.

It’s a tradition to get the house ready for Christmas while cooking the Thanksgiving dinner.

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Maybe it’s because mom and dad want to save time but getting it all ready at the same time. However, it is most likely that they just didn’t want you making a mess or causing a scene so they put you to work.

Oh, and it’s Sangibing, not Thanksgiving.

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It’s just the way our abuelas and some tías pronounce it. We use it now as a term of endearment. After all, they made us who we are so we owe them the respect of acknowledging their pronunciation.

The Thanksgiving turkey is usually not a turkey at all.

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All the Puerto Ricans know that the holiday is all about the pernil. Meanwhile, Cubans understand that they are going to be served some delicious mojo lechon.

Not having a pernil is one of the most tragic moments.

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Because you know life could get real, real dark. It is a sad Thanksgiving when you are served food that you never expected to see.

There’s nothing like chisme between primas on a special holiday gathering.

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Chisme truly keeps the family together like glue. All your tías are in the living room chismosando while the next generation of tías are training up por la misma cosa.

There are also all of the primos who like to be bad influences.

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As for what trouble you get into, it is all different depending on the family.

Some times, things get super romantic for the parents.

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You remember that one time that your mom was struggling in the kitchen to get everything ready in time and dad totally stepped up and helped her out. It was the most romantic thing you’ve ever seen and your mom still brags about your day to all of her comadres.

Again, tamales will be in the freezer for months.

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Mom can’t just cook enough for the night of. She always makes way to much because you have to use all of the masa in one sitting.

If you’re in the south, this is what you are really hoping for.

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Especially if you are in Miami where it is so humid you can cut the humidity with a knife. It might sound dramatic, but it is the truth.

“Y el novio” season is one of the most terrifying and dreaded times in a young Latino’s life.

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It’s the bane of our Latinidad existence. The tias twice removed who always ask you about why you don’t have a boyfriend are the ones who shouldn’t. If you’re gay, it is even worse. Like, how many time do I have to tell you?

Some times dad comes through as the real MVP.

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He is a many of few words and most of them are said over the holidays. He gets stressed from having all of the family around so he really lets things out.

Prepare to over eat and regret everything, but only for a little while.

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Not only is there flan after flan, our families know how to stock up on pastelitos, champurrado and all other kinds of sweets.

Everyone brags about their food babies and how much they ate.

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It is a contest. Seriously. You have to eat as much as you can and when you get full, you make room.

Saying goodbye is the longest part of any family holiday gathering.

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Even if they are visiting from out-of-state and staying in the house, we spend hours saying goodnight. It is one of the craziest things about being in a big, lively Latino family.

Three Kings Day and Christmas are a different situation.

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Asking for gifts is fine but don’t get too specific and don’t get mad when you don’t get what you want. If you tell them you aren’t happy, you might lose the gift and be treated to “free utilities.”

Also, our families try to make the holidays last forever.

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We just get so lazy after putting so much work into the holidays to really clean up or move on. But ,hey, that’s family and we love them no matter what.


READ: 9 Things That Happen When You Do Thanksgiving With Latinos

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Latinos Are Some Of The Most Festive People And These Traditions Prove It

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Latinos Are Some Of The Most Festive People And These Traditions Prove It

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We all experienced that moment when you realized you celebrated holidays a little different in your Latino household. Maybe it was when you realized that they didn’t celebrate Three Kings Day with shoes and boxes filled with hay. Or maybe your realization came when your friends and their families didn’t eat grapes for good luck at their New Years Ever party.

Seeing all of the traditions written down just makes them all the more heartwarming. Read on if you’re already getting warm, fuzzy feelings.

Día de las Velitas honors the beginning of the holiday season.

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In Colombia, the day is celebrated on December 7, but as we already know, Costco begins celebrating on August 20th. You can buy your Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations all at the same time there.

We literally only cook out of toddler size pots during the holidays.

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If your tía can’t post a joke picture of one of your primitos in the pot, then it’s not big enough. We eat a lot so there always has to be too much food.

Dancing tías flock to la tamalada at your house for three straight days.

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If you’ve never seen a group of mamis y tías making tamales for the holidays, you have not experienced efficiency. It is an assembly line process that will surprise anyone.

We can’t wait for Christmas so we celebrate Buena Noche.

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The big family dinner is on Christmas Eve and everyone stays up late drinking coquito, eating waves of flan y natilla, and waiting for the clock to strike midnight. Then all the kids start opening their presents because it’s *technically* Christmas.

The Oaxaca Radish Festival in Mexico is incredible.

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Known as “Noche de Rabanos,” the main square of Oaxaca is flooded with artisan created radish carvings on December 23. They’re often molded into nativity scenes, and there’s always food and dancing.

Boricuas will parranda your casa up.

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We thrive on barging into people’s homes and making a party. The parranda is a Puerto Rican tradition that literally entitles you to takeover your friends’ homes with live music. You’ll never know when it’s going to happen so just always be ready with food for an extra 20 Puerto Ricans and you’ll have a good time.

If you’re religious, you participate in La Novena.

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Every night in the nine days before Christmas, you sing prayers around your local nativity scene. In this picture, Arizona Latinos sang their 2017 novena for the “families unjustly detained.” ✊🏽

After la novena, you might remember singing villancicos.

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They’re basically just Spanish Christmas carols. They go back hundreds of years and are actually poems. Popular songs include “Noche de paz,” “Los peces en el río,” “Campana sobre campana” and “Mi Burrito Saberno.”

In Venezuela, they roll through patinatas.

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In the week leading up to Christmas Eve, people will just take to closed-off roads or plazas to roller skate in what they call a “patinata.”

Of course, there are always the posadas.

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Unlike the standard family masses that include a group of kids acting out the nativity story, posadas take to different neighborhood each night. The children knock on a door and sing a song asking for space at their inn. The hosts will sing back to them and welcome them in for ponche, buñelos and tamales.

You’ll never forget the torture of La Misa del Gallo.

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Also known as “Rooster’s Mass,” because it happens at midnight on Christmas Eve. Traditionally, in Rome and Spain, Misa del Gallo is celebrated at the crack of dawn, but when it was assimilated into Mexico, rural families adjusted the tradition so they can go back to their farms and take care of the animals.

Latinos also have Día de los Reyes Magos to look forward to.

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If your parents were super traditional, they would only let you open one present on Buena Noche and wait until Three Kings Day for the rest.

In Puerto Rico, we put a shoebox of hay under the bed the night before Three Kings Day.

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Instead of putting out cookies for Santa, we leave hay under the bed for the camels who are carrying the Three Kings to eat. The next morning, we wake up and there’s a present there instead.

Then there are the NYE traditions like Año Viejo.

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Some people ring in the new year by building a cardboard doll that represents the bad times of the last year. Then the doll is set on fire at midnight in hopes of burning away the past and bringing in a brighter new year.

Caption: “The old year of San Juan de Colón in # Tachira pays homage in its burning of this year to Neomar Lander, hero of the # Resistance of # Venezuela assassinated by the Maduro Narcotics. Like other more than 130 young people also killed in the fight for freedom! Maduro will fall !!!!”

The tastiest tradition is to eat twelve grapes after midnight.

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You make a wish for every month of the new year and then they all come true. The tradition originates in Spain, but has become popular all over Latin America.

Leave it to Latinos to make cleaning a ritual tradition.

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We already do it every Saturday, but every New Years Eve, you spend the whole morning deep cleaning the house, because “a clean slate starts with a clean house.” Cubans will hold on to the bucket of dirty water until midnight and throw it over the balcony to cleanse bad energy from the last year.

Oh, and you have to wear yellow underwear on NYE.

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Some people have a tradition to change your underwear at midnight for good luck. Others swear that yellow underwear specifically will bring good luck.

Spend the last day of the year hiding money around your house.

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Ecuadorians claim this tradition which is meant to bring wealth in prosperity in the new year. I mean, it literally works because then you find all the money the next day and feel richer.

Brazilians hurry to the beach to jump over 7 waves after midnight.

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The tradition comes from Candomblé, an African religion that was secretly practiced by the slaves from Bahia. Brazilian NYE parties also include hoards of people wearing all white, to symbolize peace and rebirth.

Dominicans pack a suitcase to their NYE parties.

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The tradition is to pack a suitcase and walk around the block to ensure safe travel for the following year. My family is lazy. We just take an empty suitcase and walk in circles around the house.


READ: 25 Latino Superstitions That Are Proven Fact

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