I’m so excited Christmas is this week! My family and I have traditions that make our holidays somewhat unique. So that’s what I wanted to share today, and hear about yours!
In Paraguayan (and in many other Latino countries) culture, we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve. The 24th is when we have a big family dinner and then at midnight we open our presents. We stay up to celebrate the birth of Jesus at midnight. In Paraguay, when the clock strikes 12 you will hear a million fireworks going off as people celebrate and rejoice.
I used to hate opening up my presents at midnight, so I would leave half for Christmas morning…because there’s nothing like opening gifts on Christmas morning right?! But now I don’t care and we all open our gifts together and make it this big photo shoot. Last year we actually captured a photo of my dad holding up a shirt we gave him but as we were all watching him we didn’t realize the bottom caught on fire from a candle. Best photo ever.
We will set up the self-timer and take a good tree picture. It usually takes FOREVER because my mom is so picky about how she wants the photos to turn out…and usually my brother ruins them by making a stupid face. This is probably my favorite one ever though because we tried to include our cats
So since we don’t open gifts on Christmas day, what do we do? Our annual tradition is to go to New York City and see all the sights and sounds of Christmas. Yes, it is absolutely mobbed, but I like our little tradition
We always go see the tree at Rockefeller Center, which is the craziest part. Jeez people go crazy to try to take pictures and will push you around to do so. Relax people, you’ll get your moment! Here are some of our past Christmas pictures:
As I was writing this I messaged my dad to tell him we need to get a selfie stick for this year…it’s so hard to take pictures/find someone willing to take a quick photo of you.
Usually Rockefeller is our last stop though. We try to do something else each year. Last year we also went to Bryant Park to walk around for a bit, and in 2012 we went to Brooklyn to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. We only live 45 minutes outside of the city but somehow have not done a lot of the typical “touristy” stuff.
Not sure what we’ll do this year. I kind of want to go to the 9/11 Museum that just opened. I also would like to go eat at this restaurant remodeled after a train car (on the 6th floor of Bloomingdale’s…so random!).
I’m open to ideas so please leave some! Preferably inexpensive
What are your holiday traditions? What do you love most about the holidays?
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