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. 🙂
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
In the meantime… 🙂
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