If you’ve ever visited Mexico, I’m sure you have noticed the ubiquitous organ grinders (known as organilleros,) that tend to gather around main plazas or outside churches to provide entertainment –and one of the most characteristic sounds of my country.
Nowadays, most of Mexico’s organilleros belong to a union (formed in the late 1970s) and wear their characteristic brown uniform and hats. But there are exceptions, of course, as this dude found by a friend in CDMX, who roams about the streets of the capital city dressed up as none other but The Grinch.
And this, my friends, is the most charming thing I’ve seen lately in this annus horribilis.
Take the people of Festified Holiday Clothing, who took some time this week to send this blogger a sales pitch for their upcoming Feliz Navidad sweater line, featuring “multicultural Santa” (i.e. Hispanic and Black).
The $65 Feliz Navidad sweater (mind you, it’s discounted from $70) features “Hispanic Santa,” which in case you were wondering, is Hispanic because he’s brown faced and is holding a stick to whack a piñata.
Now, if piñatas and sombreros are not your thing, you can also go for the Men’s Lighted Multicultural Black Santa, who is — well — just black, though if you asked me, doesn’t look as merry as the Hispanic one.
To be fair, the marketing people behind these things were honest enough to acknowledge right off the bat that these sweaters are ugly.
Not racist, they say, just ugly.
CLICK on the photo below to see the full pitch. It’s gold!
Take the Avocado Toast Christmas Ornament, currently on sale at Urban Outfitters for “only” $10, which makes not only a great gift –says the store– but “it looks so good, you’ll want to take a bit out it!”
I’m pretty sure this thing is Made in China and whatnot, but if I were to hang some ridiculousness on my Christmas tree, I’d rather hang the plasticky glitter bacon thing.
Before you go all crazy on me, let me clarify one thing: I did not invent the above awesomeness — of course. I have been busy taking siestas, eating tacos and sipping tequila (I’m Mexican, remember?) to be working on such an elaborate work of art.
Thank God I have the entire World Wide Web working for me to serve you people better.
So, without further ado: ¡Feliz Navidad, Happy New Year and all that. I hope to see y’all here in 2017 and beyond*
Don’t know what to give your Anglo friends this Christmas?
Worry no more. You can now give the gift of culture — and share all about your Hispanic heritage — with this unique Hispanic “ceremonial costume,” which is still in stock and can be yours for only $29.69 in Amazon.com. The beauty of this costume, say its creators over at Kapan Early Learning Co., is that it will allow you to “celebrate cultural diversity.”
[This blogger has yet to figure out how this yellow thingy is a “Hispanic product,” but who cares? ‘Tis the season to be silly, er, jolly!]
Have you run out of Christmas gift ideas? Are you looking for something that will show your love for other cultures and stuff without breaking the bank? Amazon has you covered.
Amazon.com has a wealth of “multicultural Christmas stuff,” including tons of Mexican-themed Christmas ornaments, music and more. So here are my 5 FAVES, most of which go for under $25 and are most likely Made in China, with the exception of the maraca-wielding Santa, which for some strange reason will cost you a whopping $154.
I know you were dying to know that Poinsettias (aka Euphorbia pulcherrima) are none other than the archfamous Mexican — and Central American — Christmas flowers better known as Nochebuenas or flores de pascua, which are not to be confused with these other delicious Nochebuenas.
One of the many perks of living in New York City is that, no matter where you go -or what mood you’re in- you will always bump into a band of authentic mariachis wearing Santa hats. Well, maybe not always, but it happened to me this week at the unbearably touristy, and easily avoidable Columbus Circle shopping mall.