Being a mixed culture family is not always easy, but it is always fun. My husband and I try to allow my son to experience the best thing of each one of our cultures (American and Colombian) and we try to incorporate as many traditions as we can to our lives.
We for example, have Santa Claus and Baby Jesus during Christmas time. )My son, 7 now, actually knows the true about Santa, the fairies, etc, so we can teach him both cultures, but he goes along with the
traditions for his own enjoyment). So for Christmas we decorate with a Christmas tree and the nativity set, and he gets to open presents delivered by Baby Jesus on the night of the 24thand he gets to open presents from Santa on the 25th.
We also have the Tooth Fairy and El Raton Perez. He gets money from each one of them when he loses a tooth.
We eat Colombian and American food. At home we speak English and Spanish.
He goes to a Dual Immersion Program so he can practice his Spanish.
We try hard, but we are always looking for more ways to increase the two cultures, things that include meeting people, watching movies, traveling, etc.
We have also tried to increase our son awareness for the importance of multicultural, multilingual communities. That is why when I found out about Worldwide Cultural Swap I signed up right away. What an awesome concept.
On Worldwide Cultural Swap, you sign online and get assigned to a group of 5 to exchange baskets with things from your country so the kids can learn about other cultures.
You can sign up for free. You do need to commit to cover the shipping cost of sending your basket to 4 other families, but I am sure that there is a lot of ways to share the culture without expending too much money and sending heavy stuff.
Once we get our first basket, I will share with you