Latinas get creative with Feliz Navidad trees this holiday season

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We like to have fun at Wise Latinas Linked. One thing we noticed is how Latinas put new and fun twists in their Christmas tree decorations this year.

Some women concentrated on a Latino theme and others pulled in a little bit of this and that to make their Feliz Navidad tree stand out.

Laura Sanchez Kinkade of Fort Worth, Texas decorated her tree with all types of ornaments: piñatas, Frida, skulls, sombreros, and more.

Here’s Laura’s post on Facebook:

…here are pictures of my Feliz Navidad tree. I started buying ornaments at after-Christmas sales last year and found a few at a time between World Market, Target, Michaels, Earth Bones, and other stores throughout the year. My niece brought me the garland, sombreros, and jarritos from Guadalajara. Next time she comes I’ll have her bring me baleros, trompos, and maracas. I think their bright colors would be a good addition. By next year, I should have enough to make it the full size, main tree. I still want to add some serape fabric bows but it makes me smile every time I walk into the house.

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Christmas tree by Laura Sanchez Kinkade

Nora Dominguez of Bakersfield, California put her love of the Latino culture into her tree. A big sombrero, guitars, and a Mexican blanket make this tree give you a warm and cozy feeling.  Nora celebrated on Facebook when she got her tree completely decorated.

Cultural tree done! On to the traditional tree.

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Christmas tree by Nora Dominguez

Veronica Bravo of Dallas, Texas recycled and counted on garage sales, clearance sales and a little do-it-yourself to get the job done.

Veronica told us on Facebook how she put her beautiful tree together:

I’m very thrifty, so I incorporated last year’s New Years party hats, white wooden beads I found in a garage sale, ribbon from last year’s hobby lobby clearance sale, old ornaments, and last but not least, hand made bows made out of fabric that I found buried in my downstairs closet after trying to hide my daughter’s Christmas presents.

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Christmas tree by Veronica Bravo

Thank you Veronica, Nora and Laura for inspiring to be creative and unique.
Happy Holidays!

Women of Color stand up and be heard

 

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A big thank you to @ReignofApril who started the Twitter conversation #WOCAffirmation on Friday.

She empowered us. As Women of Color (WOC) we have the power to create change.

Here are a few pieces of advice that we believe will inspire you to stand your ground, speak up, fight for your fair share, and push back when you must.

  1. Find your voice. Use it.
  2. Don’t let fear make you a prisoner. Dig deep and find that courage. You have it.
  3. Push forward when someone tries to push you back.
  4. WOC should stand up for each other. When one is targeted at work, don’t run and hide. Defend your sister. Remember you could be next.
  5. Open doors for other women of color. Don’t be the one who is guarding “her turf.”
  6. Speak up when women of color are not invited to the conversation. This is the only way we break up the “white boy’s club.”
  7. Mentor another woman of color. We need to raise each other up.
  8. When someone is putting down a WOC who is not present, be the one to silence the hater.
  9. Reach out to a WOC who may need a word of encouragement, pat on the back or the simple words “it will be OK.”
  10. Be a friend 24/7.

Together we can lead a movement and make sure we are treated as equals.

 

Rebecca Aguilar is an award-winning  journalist and the founder of Wise Latinas Linked, a Latina networking group of 9,000 Latinas on Facebook and LinkedIn.