Nothing Like the Holidays
As I was researching recipes for the movie’s profile, I discovered all sort of fun Christmas traditions Puerto Rican American’s do to celebrate that are awesome. Traditions that bring community and family together that I thought I’d share.
The movie “Nothing Like the Holidays” takes place in the town Humboldt Park, Chicago. The producer and director believed shooting the film on location would lend an authentic voice to the film.
In Humboldt Park, there’s a cherished tradition called Parranda – it’s where the community caroler’s come together. It starts off with one family going to another house to carol outside. The residents invite them inside and the Christmas caroling continues. They serve you drinks and food and once you’re done, both families go on from there. Then you go to somebody else’s house and you repeat the same thing there at that house and that family goes with you. It’s a gift to the family, so you actually go to their house, and you ring their doorbell and when they open their doors, there’s music and it turns into a party, but the party just doesn’t end there. The party goes from there to the next person’s house, to the next person’s house, to the next person’s house. And it becomes one huge, community celebration that goes through the night. Try this recipe for hot coconut coffee to warm you up as you carol through the streets this holiday season.
You can also try these delicious recipes inspired by the film which are exclusive to BakeSpace.com: