Coffee & Conversation: Holiday Edition "Christmas in a Multi-Cultural Household"

The holidays are a special time for many. From tree shopping, to adorning the home with bright lights, cozy pillows, blankets and a whole lot of cheer.

This year, I wanted to dive deeper into what Christmas means for different households. I had the privilege of speaking with a few moms and experienced the holidays from their family's perspective. From new traditions, holidays in the life of the busy, content creating mom, to multicultural family holidays these moms gave me a full look into how they are spending their holiday.

Speaking to families with multicultural backgrounds was extremely important for me because a pretty large percentage of multicultural and interracial families make up the world's population today. I had the amazing honor to speak with Kendra who is a born and raised Bahamian who now lives abroad in the US with her husband. The couple are parents to a beautiful baby girl, Braelynn. I caught up with Kendra to see what the holidays (and day-to-day life) is like in her household.

You are truly in for a treat hearing from these amazing moms their take on the holidays. Sit back with a glass of hot coffee, cocoa or egg nog (if we're feeling really festive) and enjoy!

When my husband and I talked about how we wanted to raise our children, I made it clear how important it was that our future kids knew about their Bahamian culture. I want them to know the language, music, food and rich history I was able to experience. Now that we have a daughter, I’m starting make a plan on how we can achieve that being so many miles away from home. Cultural awareness, tradition and education play important roles in helping young children develop a positive sense of identity and build self-esteem. Here are a few ways we intend to teach Braelynn about her heritage

“Whatchu sayin?”

For starters, I speak to her in Bahamian dialect. This isn’t out of the ordinary in my home, to be honest. My American husband now speaks in Bahamian dialect so well, my family members are often stunned and ask “Well, who dat is?!” We know that the best way to promote language development for babies is simply to talk to them. Now that Braelynn is at the stage where she’s babbling, I make it a point to do this even more. Babies learn by experiencing (and listening to) the world around them, so the more language they are exposed to the better.

“Where ya people from?”

Getting the grandparents (and great-grands) involved is also a major key to carrying on traditions if you are fortunate enough to still have them. My mom and dad are great resources and I get to dive into what it was like raising my siblings and I the way they did. Due to distance, I don’t have them readily available but thank God for technology. I can call them and have them see baby and this also reinforces the language aspect.

“What yinna cook today?”

Traditional recipes are an enjoyable avenue to teaching children about family heritage. Authentic meals, snacks and treats can help children develop a bond with their cultural identity, especially when the ingredients are native to a particular heritage. I’m so excited for Braelynn to get bigger so that we can explore Bahamian culture through food. Plenty Johnny cake baking and peas ‘n’ rice cooking around these parts when the time comes. My husband LOVES Bahamian food and has mastered a few dishes himself. He asked me to make tuna and grits and fire engine so much, I had to teach him how to do it himself. Sorry if I was supposed to be gatekeeping the culture. LOL! Braelynn’s summers will be filled with cup, baggy and salty with hot sauce just like her mommy used to do.

“Music sweet, aye!”

When I’m cleaning, I pull up Bahamian songs on YouTube or Tidal and let it echo through the house. I also played a lot of it when I was pregnant. She’ll come to know the sweet sounds of rake ‘n’ scrape and Junkanoo and the joy of ring play when she gets a bit older.

“Siri, play ‘Back To the Island’ by Baha Men”

This one is probably most important to me. Travel is the most immersive and hands-on way to introduce cultural traditions to children. They’ll be able to learn countless things about life and people by simply being able to observe how some things are the same in different places, and how other things are completely different. Due to the pandemic, only a few people have been able to see her in person. We plan to take a trip next year so that we can finally get her to experience a little bit of home for a short while.

Although Braelynn is young, I think it’s important to start early with. Our role as parents is to help them navigate the multiple cultural contexts that make up who they are. The act of teaching them these things should be intentional as we don’t have the luxury of them being exposed to their heritage cultures naturally through their every day. I’m eager to see how she processes it, how it sparks her curiosity and inspires her to continue the practice.

While the holidays may look different in so many ways for all of us, the laughs, quality time with family and love filled memories are things that we all hold dear to our hearts.

This holiday season, it is my hope that your homes will be filled with overwhelming joy, love, peace and abundance.

On Christmas Day, and every other day.

Coffee + Love + Many Prayers


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Hi there! I’m Lynnaé Fowler, mom of one precious boy (Kaylen). I’m a skilled baker, marketer and entrepreneur. A strong believer of God which has made parenting a whole lot easier. We’re currently thriving off of coffee, many prayers and winging it in these parenting streets...

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