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As a kid, Christmas was always a magical time, from the first snow sightings and bells ringing to the growing wonder of what our special gift under the tree would hold. There were so many holiday traditions that made it special, but what I remember most were those moments that my family shared together on Christmas Eve.
Mami’s Sabroso Turkey
First things first, one of my favorite childhood memories around Christmas was the delicious aroma of turkey roasting in the oven. My mom always makes a super savory “sabroso” turkey that has our mouths watering. She infuses it with so many rich flavors and natural juices. I remember how she let us sample a few bites here and there to make sure it was just right. That juicy turkey is one of my favorite traditional meals to enjoy around the holidays and every year whether on Thanksgiving or Christmas my kids can also share a taste.
Every Christmas, my mom would also make her signature torta cake to keep our bellies full. I can distinctly remember her making sure we had a special cake to enjoy, even though it was made from the simplest of ingredients, flour, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. The lack of sugary fillings or frosting, didn’t always make us jump for joy, but it was a special tradition that taught me to keep it simple for the kids.
Christmas Eve Gift
One of my favorite memories growing up, was the one special gift we were allowed to open on Christmas Eve. As a kid, it was so exhilarating to be able to unwrap a gift and relieve some of that Christmas morning anticipation..even if the gift was just a pair of socks or gloves! This is something I want to continue doing with my kids, not just to relieve the anticipation of opening presents, but also to teach my kids to appreciate every gift they do get.
Growing up, we didn’t get many presents, but the presents we did get were extra special.
Sears was one place we often shopped because of the affordable prices. They are a family-friendly company that you can always count on to get more — whether that be more value, more brands, more rewards or simply more ways to shop. This holiday season, Sears has partnered with the Huffington Post to highlight Latino Holiday traditions and how Sears can bring some of those traditions to life! Read a heart-warming story about how one Latino family does Christmas differently yet still keeps the essence of Christmas alive HERE.
What favorite holiday traditions has your family has shared over the years?
Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported hundreds of thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a blogger and maternal health advocate at MommysBundle.com.