Our holiday traditions are getting more defined as the years pass. Some of them stick some of them don’t, it’s just hard to do them all. At the end Christmas Eve and Christmas Day go by so quick!!
The cool thing is that we get to celebrate both days and big. Today I wanted to tell you about our Christmas Eve latino Venezuelan style celebration: We open the presents we have from each other under the tree, we have hallacas, ham bread and/or any other Venezuelan traditional holiday food we can bring for dinner, we listen to traditional Venezuelan carols (aguinaldos) and dance to traditional Holiday music (Gaita).
Setting up a Nativity Scene
Nativity scenes are a huge tradition in Venezuela, and I think it’s perfect to teach the kids the Christmas story. This is the first time we made one at home. Before we just set up the basics but this time we went a little bit further adding the mountain and sky set-up. It is really basic. I just made it up with some tissue paper and it should have lights but I didn’t have a short string of lights for it. Never the less, Adrian really enjoyed it. We put the baby Jesus in at midnight Dec 25th 🙂
Dancing to Gaitas
One of the activities I remember and cherish so much of my culture growing up was that we did shows for each other, they were not planned mostly, just thought-of at the moment, or we just grabbed an instrument and started singing and playing music. Well, we have tried to planned this in advance here with the family but the holidays get the best of us and we never had the time. This December I thought I would play it low and at least try and sing a song, so we did “Mi Burrito Sabanero” It’s a very traditional holiday song around latin america. The best part is that coincidentally my friend Ruby from Growing Up Blaxican did a perfect craft at SpanglishBaby to create puppets for the kids to sing the song, I LOVED it and decided to make it too, and the kids get more excited when they make something and use it in the show so it was really fun!
As I mentioned before, I haven’t made Hallacas but I want to. The hard part is that even though we buy them and eat them , the kids don’t 🙁 They are not used to this and I so want them to like them. I hope they do later. And I hope to make them later too! They do eat and like the ham bread at least!
Presents, presents, presents
One of the new traditions I mentioned before is that the kids make gifts for each other. This year I didn’t have much time for that so I decided to bake cookies with the kids so that they can give each other and the family, and it was so cool! We enjoyed it so much and the first thing Adrian brought out when it was time to give our presents to each other was his basket of cookies, looking at his face of proudness and excitement was priceless (It’s the first picture of this post, the cover).
The kids get presents from Baby Jesus and Santa on Christmas day. I grew up with the Baby Jesus tradition, who brought presents by our bed, so they get the Santa gifts by the tree and the baby Jesus gifts by the bed.
All in all, the Holidays become a very festive time over here, hoe we can have even more parties and festivities next year!
New Year’s Eve!
New Year’s tradition is also a huge one in our family, we love to be in a big party and celebrate it together with all the family and friends we can, so we are ready today to welcome 2013! Have a Happy New Year!
Poniendo el Pesebre
Acto de Navidad
Hallacas y más
Como ya les conté antes no he hecho hallacas personalmente pero quiero. Lo dificil del asunto no sólo es hacerlas porque las podemos comprar y las comemmos en Navidad pero los niños no se las comen 🙁 No están acostumbrados al sabor creo yo y yo quiero que les guste!! Espero que si les gusten con el tiempo. Y espero hacerlas yo misma en el futuro también. Lo que si les gusta y si comen es pan de jamón al menos!
Regalos, regalos, regalos
Celebración de Año Nuevo
Aclaratoria: Este post está patrocinado por Britax ya que soy parte del Britax Latina Advisory Board. Como siempre, todas las opiniones, ideas e historias con 100% mías.