The Christmas holidays are finally here! It’s the time of year when we give ourselves that well-deserved treat and celebrate with our loved ones.
The time you spend with your family — biological or chosen — is the most precious of all, beyond gifts and shopping. It’s about creating moments with the people closest to your heart while keeping our traditions alive.
Every family has a different holiday tradition. Furthermore, every Latin country has different rituals and unique ways, from decorating to what type of specialty beverages they make. That’s the beauty of being Latinx — being so alike while bringing so much of our own distinctive culture into the mix.
Personally, my family is far from the traditional Mexican household. But we do celebrate the holiday season with staples such as cooking delicious dishes like tamales and pozole.
Look, I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve made tamales with my mom at least four times this year, and it’s not even counting the times we are already lining up for Christmas. Since it’s such a diverse meal, we do a different filling each time and experiment with them.
As far as traditional Mexican dishes go, it all depends on which area of Mexico you’re from. Although if you’re stepping into a Mexican household this holiday season, you’ll most likely be spoiled with some (if not all) of the following: spaghetti, menudo, turkey; desserts such as ensalada de Noche Buena (or ensalada de manzana), buñuelos; and specialty holiday drinks like champurrado, atole, and ponche Navideño (spiked, please!).
Ponche Navideño is my favorite, combining all the delicious fruits and enjoying them hot in the cold weather. There are various ways of preparing it though – it all depends on what you like!
Mexicans are known for one thing, though: we love to celebrate. We like throwing parties that start late and end before the sun comes up, then come back the next day for the recalentado to cure the hangover.
We like to stay festive too, leaving our Christmas lights on until the Día de Los Reyes Magos (January 6), of course, if you’re religious or traditional. Once that’s over with now, we’ve reached Valentine’s Day — and then the cycle continues.
Man, I love being Latina. Cheers to that!