Our Thanksgiving Tradition + $50 JCPenney Giveaway

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This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and JCPenney. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

I can’t believe the holidays are here again, it’ sounds cliche’ but it really is my favorite time of year. I love the holidays. And this year is extra special because this is the first year we celebrate as a family with both of our girls. Last year I was adjusting to my life as a new mom to just one and we had JUST received the news that we were going to be expecting again. We actually waited until Thanksgiving day last year to make our announcement to our family.

Here is a pic of my oldest, my mom and sister on Thanksgiving day last year. She was just 6 months old. I remember that little bald head like it was yesterday. 🙂


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I imagined then, what this would be like. To celebrate the holidays this year with two of our little blessings, when just a year before that, we wondered whether or not we would be parents at all. So now here we are, getting ready to celebrate our first Thanksgiving together with our new little family. I am excited.

My Thanksgivings growing up were traditional…the family would get together at someones house and everyone brought something to eat. The host, usually my mom, would prepare the turkey and everyone else would help with sides and desserts. We always had turkey, I think we only had a ham one year because my Dad wanted it. I have never been a fan. We always had the traditional dishes – stuffing, yams, mashed potatoes, corn, bread rolls and my mom would make a delicious pumpkin pie. You can’t beat homemade pumpkin pie – my moms at least.

I remember my little sister and I would wake up to all of the Thanksgiving celebrations on TV that morning. I never woke up that early on a regular day, but on Thanksgiving I had to watch. I also remember always feeling so full and tired after eating and having to take a nap somewhere, anywhere – the couch, the floor, everywhere except in my bed. I never wanted to go to my room because I would be afraid I would stay asleep and miss the rest of Thanksgiving. I remember having feelings of never wanting that day to end. It was just a special day for us.

I love having these memories, and now that I have my own children, I’m excited to see what traditions will carry over and what new ones we will make.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving traditions, JCPenney is celebrating how Latino households across the U.S. celebrate the holidays through a series of short videos. They are in fact, the first retail brand to celebrate what a Christmas is like using stories from real Latino families. JCPenney has chosen a choir of Latino boys and girls to be a part of the JCPenney choir to help tell these stories.

Check out the first video in the series. 

  Real Latino Holidays: Tamalegiving

This short video is just one of three that will be released by JCPenney this holiday season. I encourage you to join in the conversation they have going on over on the JCPenney Latino Facebook page and make sure to check back and see when video #2 is released.

In the meantime… 🙂


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    November 21, 2013 at 2:22 am

    ENTERED <3

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    Growing Up Madison
    November 21, 2013 at 10:11 am

    What beautiful photos and a great thanksgiving tradition. I love when our family gets together. This year it will only be us. Thanks to JC Penney for the Latino Holidays posts.

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    November 24, 2013 at 11:14 am

    at Christmas we like to hear the music that we listened to our country is a very nice tradition to sing this music and have very nice moments remembering our roots and traditions and giving gifts and putting together the decorations, the food is delicious and share our Latin dishes with American flavor is very cute!

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    November 24, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    On thanksgiving me and my family usually eat all together, then we go hit up the mall for some great deals 😀

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    betty moreno
    November 25, 2013 at 12:39 am

    the more it is important in my family this day to have dinner together, these dates are important to demonstrate the important thing are and if all year can not at least meet this day

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    Laura J
    November 25, 2013 at 2:25 am

    We always love going around the table and saying one thing we are thankful for.

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    alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie)
    November 26, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    we always have cinnamon buns on christmas morning

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    Lilyana Cruz
    November 27, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    we like is the search for gifts be choosing a favorite with everyone.

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    November 30, 2013 at 8:26 am

    the whole family bakes cookies together

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    December 3, 2013 at 11:53 am

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    richelle bowers
    December 3, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    at Christmas time I set up the tree, my daughter decorates it and my husband puts the star on top

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    Wanda Clark
    December 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    This is the one time of year that we try and get as many family members together as possible. We do a gift exchange and let the kids enjoy their presents. The adults just take this time to look and see how the family has grown. We relax and enjoy each others company. This may not be special to many but it is a rare treat in our family and I love this tie of year.

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    Lynda Thomas
    December 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    One of my favorite family traditions that we have is opening our new PJ’s Christmas Eve so we can wear them while we’re opening presents in the morning. 🙂 It makes for extra cute Christmas pictures. 🙂

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      December 5, 2013 at 1:18 am

      Lynda, I love this idea 🙂 May start doing it with our family.

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    December 4, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    My favorite tradition is we always get together on holidays to spend the day together and have a home cooked meal from my grandmother!

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    Tanya White
    December 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    One tradition we have is we let the kids open up one of our gifts on christmas eve night.

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    Melanie of Que Means What
    December 4, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Parade in the morning, turkey at noon and football all afternoon!! That’s our perfect Thanksgiving!

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    Stephanie Larison
    December 5, 2013 at 5:23 am

    We all put the tree up together the day after Thanksgiving.

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    Carey Miller
    December 5, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Thanksgiving is ALWAYS spent at mom’s. No exceptions. We head over there in the morning, complete her home repair list, eat like fiends, and head home. It’s tradition!

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    December 5, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Chinese buffet on Christmas Eve,Monkey bread for Breakfast and Dirty Santa at night

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    Crystal F
    December 5, 2013 at 10:48 am

    We bake something for Santa every Christmas Eve. The girls choose something different each year because Santa gets tired of milk and cookies. Thank you!

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    Amanda Sakovitz
    December 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    we always say one thing we are thankful for

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    Alexa B.
    December 5, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    wearing new pajamas on christmas eve.

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    Donna M. Clark
    December 5, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is getting an Angel off of the Salvation Army tree,and shopping for that child.

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