I grew up in El Paso, Texas. My parents are both from Mexico. My childhood holiday memories are filled with the aroma of fresh tamales and hot pozole. Whether it was Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, our turkey centerpiece would always be accompanied by Mexican rice and charro beans, with luminarias burning in our front yard. The most important memory for me though was the focus my parents always placed on the true meaning of the holidays, family and scripture.
Now that I have married a girl from Alabama, and made my home in Middle Tennessee, we still hold on to some of my old traditions. Tamales and pozole are still staples of our holidays, but now we’re serving them with chicken and dumplings and a side of tomato gravy. We spend time with family watching Alabama college football games. We have started combining our gift giving with my in-laws. We draw names to limit the number of gifts were are giving and receiving, except for the kids. This concept helps up focus on the importance of the holidays and gets rid of the extra stress of having to buy gifts for everyone.
It is easy to get carried away with regards to all the buying, cooking, cleaning and entertaining we end up doing, but there are a few things we try to do to keep ourselves grounded during this time of year. Taking time for ourselves, especially early in the morning has become a routine part of our days. This includes exercising, meditating, or something as simple as walking the dog. Taking time for ourselves helps us organize our thoughts and clear our minds. It is also easy to get carried away with eating and drinking, so we always try to eat and drink what we like but do so in moderation. In the end, the best way to stay grounded during the busy holiday season is to get back to the basics, to focus on family and the true meaning of the holidays
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