Celebrating holidays can always prove to be a difficult balancing act for first-generation-born Latinos. Many of our parents were brought up celebrating traditionally Catholic holidays like Christmas and Easter, but when coming over to the United States, a new one was introduced into the mix: Thanksgiving. But let’s face it, if there is any reason to bring the family together to eat a ridiculous amount of food, Latinos will most definitely be there.
I remember growing up and watching films portray the typical American Thanksgiving meal with a perfectly glazed turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing and thinking, That’s it? The dinner was usually followed by a quiet, relaxed afternoon sitting around the living room, and, well, my Thanksgiving was never anything like that. Sure, we had a turkey and loved to shout over each other as we shared what we were all thankful for, but our menu and traditions definitely had an extra twist that were unique to being brought up in a bicultural family.
As the holiday season is about to be kicked off, here are eight things that you will only see at a Latino Thanksgiving dinner that make this holiday amazing, delicious, and very, very loud.