Childhood Holiday Memories

Flashback to my childhood… my whole extended family gathered together on Christmas eve. Afro-Latino party music playing in the background. Sometimes merengue, sometimes salsa, sometimes bachata. Always the right mood.

Kids all running around, trying to not get in the adults’ way. Playing together. Joking together. Catching up in the way kids do.

Dinner served. Drinks served. Jokes laughed at. People dancing. People being outrageously loud.

Kids waiting anxiously until midnight, so we could start opening gifts. Quickly getting sleepy. Going home at 1 or 2 in the morning. The cold, winter chill in your face.

Quick change into warm PJs. Snuggle up in bed with a cozy comforter. Lights out and off to dream worlds.

Wake up early in the morning, open up any remaining gifts that were left at home. Mom fries empanadas. Hot chocolate to wash it down.

A relaxing day at home with mom and dad and siblings. No school. No work. Nothing important to do except to be in each other’s company.

These are the memories I have of Christmas, growing up in New York with all my family around. Things may not be exactly the same, but I’m fond of the memories and fond of newer memories and traditions. I hope my son can look back at his childhood in a similar way.

What are your holiday traditions? Will you pass them on to your children (if you have any or plan to have any)? What are your fondest memories of holidays growing up? I want to know! 💗

2 Comments

  1. Ntombi Ngoloyi

    Your family def knows how to celebrate! The music, the dancing, food and drinks… I can’t feel that Christmas cheer radiating through your text. There is nothing like spending holidays with the family. Our school year starts in January and ends in December. So Christmas was always spent with my cousins at my grandmothers house. We never got gifts but we would wake up at sunrise on Christmas day to visit our loved ones graves. We’d then get dressed up for church and have the most fantastic lunch with turkey, meats, all types of veggies etc. (we call this a “7 colours” plate in South Africa). I think that our cultures are quite similar!

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