When contemplating how to navigate the holidays and infuse some of my
Latino background into our celebrations, it occurred to me that my
non-Latino husband and I actually share a lot of common ground. Here's a
list of our top 10 crossover holiday traditions.
10. Gluttony on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving seems to be one of the only times that public gluttony is not only tolerated, but actually encouraged, elastic waistbands are celebrated, and belts are shunned.
9. A penchant for eggy drinks. My husband likes eggnog, but I bet you that as soon as I introduce him to Rompope with it's kick of alcohol he will like it as much as I do.
8. Wearing ugly holiday sweaters
ironically (because they are silly and we are way too cool for that),
except we're not really being ironic.
7. Going to see homes that have been decorated for the holidays. I used to love to do this as a child and I still do. I feel like the people who decorate their homes are giving a gift to anyone that passes by.
6. Getting a Christmas tree and decorating it together.
5. Wishing that Santa Claus were real.
4. Waiting until the last possible moment (just in case Santa Claus is real) to do our Christmas shopping.
3. Sending out "Christmas" cards so late that they become New Year's cards.
2. Missing or wanting to be with our extended family even though they drive us bonkers.
And our #1 crossover holiday tradition is:
Bickering. I don't care what your cultural background is, it just wouldn't be the holidays without a little behind-the-scenes bickering. I intend to add a little Latino flair by bickering in Spanglish.
What are some of your holiday traditions with crossover appeal?