Holiday Family Traditions

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
Matching holiday pajamas, (house wear)
Matching holiday pajamas, (house wear)

“ Have a very merry Christmas.” The most important thing or value in my household is family and amity. During Christmas time my family and I like to host big parties in honor of our past and future. With that, around December 10, My mom and I begin preparing to bake her annual black cake and spiced sorrel. We first get fruits and alcohol so they can soak and get liquored up by Christmas. Then we get sorrel( hibiscus)  florets. A couple days before Christmas we begin to make the batter for the black cake and portion it out in pans. This is to give to family and friends for the holidays. We also make our sorrel drink for the party on Christmas.

Along with these baking traditions we also like to dabble in ugly sweater contests. We would get a bunch of fabric and bells and attach it to our sweaters at home. On Christmas day, if we have a small group, we would order matching outfits or nightgowns. These rituals and practices are important to me because they involve family and family is very important and ingrained in who I am as a person. 

Place(s): New York

– Katelynn Burrowes

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant