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Picture Books for Puerto Rican Navidad
In Puerto Rico La Navidades are celebrated from Thanksgiving to las Octavitas (the eight days after Reyes -- aka January 14).
I wanted to celebrate our unique approach to the season by featuring some of the picture books that best capture the spirit of our Navidades Boricuas.
Several of the picture books below need to be purchased directly from the publisher, so it's a good idea to snag these titles ASAP if you'd like to enjoy them this holiday season.
I've also included below the Sesame Street Holiday CD that features María & Luis singing an aguinaldo (traditional Puerto Rican Christmas Carol).
¡Wepa! ¡Feliz Navidad!
For holiday celebrations beyond Puerto Rico, check 0ut this booklist:
Whether Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Noche Buena, Christmas, Kwanza, New Years, Día de los Reyes, or Octavitas celebrations fill your calendar this Dec/Jan, it's the most busy (I mean wonderful) time of the year!
Growing up, our Christmas Day celebrations were complicated by one important factor... my red headed little brother is a Christmas Baby:
I can only imagine how awful it was for him to watch his bully of a big sister get presents on HIS birthday, but somehow he managed...
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¡Feliz Diciembre Familia!
I hope your November tasted as joyful as mine (Apple Pie & Coquito were on our menu)!
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Giving Tuesday 2018: Get Inspired & Give Generously
"Giving Tuesday" is on November 27th!
According to Wikipedia:
"Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday)."
This relative newbie on the holiday scene is one of my favorites!
November is the perfect time to take care of our family's year-end giving, and the timing really does help balance out the crazy consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Read on to find inspiration in my list of organizations we've supported this year or plan to support on Giving Tuesday.
Book Friday 2018: Books For Gifting This Holiday Season
You know what used to stress me out most about the holidays?
Figuring out the gift situation.
What are we buying for whom and how are we delivering it?
The list was always long; the number of days too short.
A few years ago I decided it was time to streamline.
Now my holiday shopping consists of gifting either books, handmade products I purchase from friends, or coquito (Puerto Rican coconut holiday drink) that I make and bottle myself.
For kids, I try to gift holiday themed books or books aligned with their current interests. (Check out my round up of holiday books here: Holiday Books for Your Kids: From Thanksgiving to Día de Los Reyes).
When choosing books for adults, I do my best to gift signed copies of books written by my friends (win win win!).
Read on below for more on my gift giving strategy and for a round up of 2018 books written by my phenomenal friends!
I hope this lists inspires you to support these writers and/or your own creative friends this holiday season.
Holiday Picture Books: Thanksgiving through Día de Los Reyes
That whirlwind that is the holiday season is almost upon us!
While the holidays can be stressful, there is one part I really enjoy: displaying our holiday picture books and discovering new ones!
I always think about how books can serve as both mirrors and windows for the little ones in our lives.
We use books as mirrors when we share our family's holiday traditions -- like watching the Macy's Parade, singing aguinaldos, or waiting for gifts from Los Tres Reyes Magos.
We use books as windows when we read together about how other families celebrate during this time of the year.
Holiday books also make great GIFTS! So if you're not sure what to get for your favorite kids this season, consider adding to their holiday book collections.
To get you started, I've included some of our family's favorite books (and a music album) below!
Don't forget to share some of your family's favorites in the comments.
...or Reframe Your Holiday Stress with Thanks & Giving!
We survived election night!
Despite some heartbreaks, the wave of women -- including amazing women of color -- heading to congress leaves me hopeful for some much needed change.
Let’s keep up the pressure on our elected officials, so that they work to protect the most vulnerable communities while striving to improve our country for us all.
Ok, now that that's off my chest... anyone else bracing for the upcoming "wave" that is the holidays?
If you're anything like me, you are at once excited and anxious as the holidays approach.
I’m right there with you.
Read on to learn about some ways I use Thanks & Giving to help usher in Las Navidades on the right note.
¡2017 Writing Highlights!
One of the lovely things about having a FB author page is that I can scroll through and quickly find my writing related wins! I wholeheartedly believe in celebrating all the big and small success we achieve along the way, so I wanted to share my 2017 highlights with my FB community in the hopes that you will join me in raising a virtual glass as we say goodbye to this year and hello to the fortunes ahead in 2018! ¡Salud! ?
I also hope this post inspires you to take some time to reflect on your year and celebrate all the wins — big or small — that came your way. What are you most proud of accomplishing in 2017? Comment below
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