Growing up, I looked forward to family celebrations. The food was, of course, delicious, but what I enjoyed most was listening to my parents and their brothers and sisters tell stories. It was at those gatherings that I learned about family, history, and culture.
Today, now more than ever, we need family traditions that pass our stories and our culture on to the next generation. Holiday gatherings are a perfect time to create these lasting traditions. Here are three things you can do this month to make meaningful connections with Hispanic families and culture.
Share Your Family Story
Family gatherings are the perfect time for members to share stories with multiple generations. Gather the grandparents, aunts, and uncles, and ask them to share a story or two from their childhood. If you can, record them or write them down. These stories provide unique connections to both your family and cultural history, and they’ll become treasured memories as the years go by.
Visit the Latino Cultural Center
The Dallas Latino Cultural Center is open five days a week and has events and exhibits for all ages. Admission to the facility is free. This is a great way to experience Hispanic art and culture! For a list of events, go here.
Get Involved in a Community Outreach
The holiday season is a time for giving back. There are many ways to get involved. It can be as simple as supporting Hispanic businesses when shopping. Other ideas: feed the homeless, partner with a Latino organization to reach the community, or reach out to education centers that are primarily Hispanic, and ask what supplies they need for the upcoming school year.
Creating meaningful traditions is as simple as sharing, listening, and spending time together. Start making memories this year that will strengthen family ties and keep our culture alive for generations to come.