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19 Holiday Traditions Latinos Wait All Year For

Because eating delicious food is certainly a tradition. Merry Christmas, from Target!

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1. Setting el nacimiento, and making it way more elaborate than the previous year.

Bigger, better, and always set with a ton of care and love.
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Bigger, better, and always set with a ton of care and love.

2. Putting up the Christmas tree.

Including all the ornaments you and your siblings made when you were really little.
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Including all the ornaments you and your siblings made when you were really little.

3. The posadas start, and fun comes in the form of swinging at the piñata.

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Chances are this will happen if your family is Mexican. Originally, piñatas were filled with oranges and peanuts (ouch!).

4. Drinking ponche. So much ponche.

Nothing like warm ponche on a cold December night.
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Nothing like warm ponche on a cold December night.

5. Or maybe enjoying some atole or champurrado.

Or, in some instances, coquito.
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Or, in some instances, coquito.

6. Playing with sparklers.

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It just never gets old.

7. Munching on some buñuelos if you get lucky.

'Tis the season for eating carbs unrepentantly.
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'Tis the season for eating carbs unrepentantly.

8. Walking into your family's dinner like this on Christmas Eve:

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'Cause it's usually your new clothes' debut.

9. And then seeing all your primos, primas, tíos ,and tías.

And there are always, like, seven babies present. The more the merrier?
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And there are always, like, seven babies present. The more the merrier?

10. Eating the best food ever during Nochebuena.

Turkey, ham, tamales, barbecue — it's all about adding flavor to the holidays!
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Turkey, ham, tamales, barbecue — it's all about adding flavor to the holidays!

11. Seriously, though. The. Best. Food.

Hallacas, more tamales, panettone... #nomnomnom
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Hallacas, more tamales, panettone... #nomnomnom

12. And drinking some steamy and delicious hot chocolate at some point in the night.

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13. Then perhaps enjoying some pozole...

Pozole is the gift that keeps on giving. You literally eat it like five days in a row.
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Pozole is the gift that keeps on giving. You literally eat it like five days in a row.

14. ...feeling like your exit will resemble this:

15. BUT realizing there's always energy for dancing.

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At some point on Christmas Eve, you'll drop it like it's hot.

16. Making 12 wishes as you eat lucky grapes on New Year's Eve.

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You stuff your face FAST.

17. And looking like this when Día de Reyes comes:

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More family fun. More presents. More food.

18. Getting really excited if you get el niño en la rosca...

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19. ...because, of course, that just means you'll be eating more tamales.

Oh, holiday season, never go away.
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Oh, holiday season, never go away.