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Joel Deleon & More Share What They’re Thankful For – Billboard

The vacation season is upon us, and as we take this time to unwind, spend time with household and associates, it’s additionally time to specific gratitude.

“I’m most grateful for me and my household being wholesome,” Joel Deleon tells Billboard. “Throughout these arduous occasions something can occur, so I’m very grateful for that and likewise grateful for my followers. With out them, I wouldn’t be doing what I really like and I’m total grateful for my complete life.”

To rejoice Thanksgiving, Latin artists reminiscent of Deleon, Justin Quiles, Carolina Ross and Sebastian Yatra advised Billboard what they’re most grateful for this yr, how they rejoice Thanksgiving, and among the vacation traditions they maintain close to and pricey to their hearts.


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See the heartfelt solutions, in alphabetical order by artist, beneath.


“What I’m most grateful for this yr is that in comparison with previous years, I’ve been capable of have a more in-depth relationship with my household — particularly my mother and my dad.”


One of many traditions that I’ve noticed since I used to be little is bringing my brothers and cousins collectively to snigger at anecdotes and issues we did after we have been little. Remembering outdated occasions is a means of protecting the household collectively.”


“I rejoice Friendsgiving as a result of my household is way away in Venezuela the place we don’t rejoice Thanksgiving. I realized concerning the vacation right here within the U.S., which is why I rejoice with associates as a result of, in a means, they’re the members of the family we selected.”


“How I rejoice is by giving because of God for all of the blessings that he has given me and my family members. I additionally thank God for the teachings realized. I thank God in a discreet means from the intimacy of my dwelling. A real communion with God comes from an in depth relationship you may have with Him always. There’s no means I can sum up all I’m grateful for someday out of the yr as a result of each single factor that occurs or is feasible, it’s due to Him and for Him. Reward the Lord!”

Aymée Nuviola
Aymée Nuviola
Enrique Tubio


“A convention that I proceed at present is that we all the time take turns to host. And I rejoice by consuming the whole lot on the menu, that’s what I do on Thanksgiving.”


“A Thanksgiving custom is that I proceed to assist my mom with the turkey, and baking goodies. Though our custom is extra Latin, it’s nonetheless one in every of my favourite holidays and particularly this yr after we may all collect once more.” 


“I rejoice Thanksgiving by taking a break to be with family and friends.”


“Being Venezuelan, we didn’t rejoice Thanksgiving rising up. Since dwelling within the U.S., I’ve loved having the ability to take the time to deal with gratitude. I feel it’s one thing to be aware of right now and all year long.”


“I rejoice Thanksgiving with my mother, aunts, my cousins, and nephews. All of us come collectively and eat at this actually lengthy desk as a result of we’re a giant household, and that’s one thing I’m grateful for yearly.” 


“I’m grateful that issues are going again to ‘regular.’ They’re opening many venues the place we’re capable of have reveals and share once more with our followers, clearly following protocols. I’m blissful and so grateful to have the ability to have that contact once more with our followers.”


“I’m most grateful about my music reaching pockets of the world I by no means thought it may attain. That’s taught me to be extra affected person and grateful. I’ve been engaged on so many tasks, created tons of music and I’ve been capable of keep motivated to make music ceaselessly.” 


“We rejoice Thanksgiving by visiting household and consuming genuine Puerto Rican meals: alcapurrias, pasteles, arroz con gandules and lechón.”


“I rejoice by spending my time with essentially the most significant folks in my life, laughing, smiling, and dwelling within the second to the fullest.”


“I’m grateful for my household, my group, for the whole lot that’s occurred to me this yr musically that’s helped me develop as a musician and as an individual.”


“To this very day, we proceed our household custom of eating with a few of my favourite meals from the island: arroz con gandules, tembleque and coditos salad.” 


“I rejoice with my household and we’re not the kind to eat turkey. As an alternative, we eat tamales, typically pozole, and drink champurrado. We take pleasure in our time with members of the family since I don’t have many associates.”


“It’s solely my second yr celebrating Thanksgiving and my first yr we cooked a pleasant pavito (turkey). This can be a new celebration for me and I do know it is a vital day within the U.S. so I embrace it and use the time to be grateful for the whole lot. I’ve no traditions but however perhaps prepare dinner and have enjoyable with associates. I don’t have household right here so we are going to do Friendsgiving and be grateful. Yessir!”



“I feel because the Pandemic has unfolded, it has modified lots of our views on what we will be grateful for. It has put extra of a very powerful issues in our lives into hyper-focus. That for me has been the protection of my household, right here and overseas. That we’re capable of get up and say good day to my moms, sisters, and brothers. Figuring out so many have misplaced their family members, myself having misplaced associates to COVID. This yr, I’m deeply grateful for the very fact we’ve got a vaccine and we’re all secure.” 


“Thanksgiving for me is often small, I don’t have a really huge household. I’m an solely youngster and my household is scattered between New York, Florida & the Dominican Republic so it’s often just a few of us but it surely’s extra about spending it with the folks I all the time love.”


“Thanksgiving is a really particular vacation for me as a result of I can reunite with my household to offer thanks for all of the blessings. On Thanksgiving, we eat tons of scrumptious meals, we snigger, drink and share tales.” 


I rejoice Thanksgiving by being along with my household and consuming a conventional [Mexican] meal: tamales and pozole.


“I’m grateful for all of the unbelievable issues that occurred in my profession because of my followers. I’m additionally grateful that my mother recovered from most cancers and that I’m at a extremely stunning level in my profession. That I’m about to embark on my first tour and that that I’m alive and wholesome.”

Jay Wheeler
Jay Wheeler photographed on Aug. 24, 2021 in Miami.
Devin Christopher


“I’m most grateful for mine, my household, and my associates’ well being. I’m grateful to see everybody going out, touring, and having enjoyable once more. I’m additionally grateful for the issues I’ve taken without any consideration like having a roof over my head, meals to eat, water to drink, producing revenue doing what I really like. So many individuals are actually struggling pre and post-pandemic. I’m blessed and grateful.”


To be fairly sincere, I don’t bear in mind the final time I used to be dwelling for Thanksgiving. I might say perhaps about three years in the past, however we might all the time often go to my grandma’s home, which is correct subsequent to my home. Everybody brings a bit of little bit of meals, somebody would deliver the pies, somebody would deliver the turkey, the mash potatoes then we might sit down discuss, snigger. And on the finish of the day, every of us would say one factor we’re grateful for.”


“I’m grateful for the way magical 2021 has been, for the songs I’ve been capable of write. However what I’m most grateful for is that after a lot time, to have been capable of reunite with the folks I really like most. To see and be capable of hug them made my coronary heart full.”


“I rejoice Thanksgiving with the household. Usually, we might go on a cruise journey this time of yr, however there may be COVID! So we’ll rejoice it at dwelling in Puerto Rico. Now we have events wherever so it doesn’t matter the place we’re, we all the time have the most effective time!” 


“I rejoice with my household, my mom, my siblings, and my grandmother. We sometimes have turkey, arroz con gandules, potato salad, pasteles, a bit of little bit of the whole lot. There’s music taking part in, we’re dancing and having some good drinks.”


“A few of the traditions we’ve got as a household is that we every deliver a unique sort of dish that we will all share. And we all the time attempt to spend as a lot time collectively as potential, which makes my mother and father very blissful they usually really feel cherished.” 


“I spend Thanksgiving with my household. We eat turkey, potatoes, corn and we pray and provides because of God for being alive, wholesome, for our meals, work, and our household.” 


At the beginning I’m grateful for being alive. The COVID-19 pandemic has been arduous for a lot of households all over the world. For me, being alive is now extra valuable than ever.”


“This yr introduced many challenges, most of which we’ve got gone by the worst half. At the beginning, I’m grateful for my well being, having gone by COVID was not enjoyable in any respect and I’m glad I had no bother after. I’m grateful for my household not solely this yr however yearly. Lastly, I’m grateful for brand spanking new beginnings.”

Luis Coronel Una Historia Más
Luis Coronel, “Una Historia Más”
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“My favourite custom is to go across the desk and say what we’re grateful for. That is one thing I do daily with my household and it takes on a particular that means in Thanksgiving. Being grateful for what you might have as an alternative of specializing in what you don’t have is the important thing to happiness.”


I’m actually grateful to proceed doing what I do. My Studio has been my sanctuary to attempt to join with constructive issues through the pandemic.”


“I’m very grateful for the truth that life goes again to our ‘new regular’ and actually completely love the whole lot in my life. However one factor to level out this yr is my little pet who I’m obsessive about and brightens my days and is my bestie.”


“A convention I’ve with my household is that every member has to prepare dinner their greatest dish or facet for dinner. It’s not a profitable Thanksgiving in my family if we don’t find yourself bickering, laughing, repeating household tales, and find yourself stuffed from dinner. Nothing like a nap after a thanksgiving meal!”


“One factor I’m grateful for at present and all the time is there we’re alive, we’re wholesome. I’m grateful for that each single day. Relating to traditions, we positively eat turkey and never solely on Thursday however the remainder of the week … and the next week.”


“We eat turkey as is the American custom, however we even have our personal traditions that I’ve cherished since childhood. Music in my family is what unites us most, and we sing karaoke as a household each Thanksgiving. We additionally spend the day telling tales and jokes, and conventional Mexican meals is a should at our tables.” 


Our Thanksgiving could be very conventional. Now we have turkey, a number of meals, and we take pleasure in our time as a household laughing, consuming, and singing.”


“I’m most grateful that God introduced my girlfriend Laura into my life, an angel that has modified me for the higher, has introduced out the most effective in me, and has given me happiness I by no means knew. I’m additionally grateful for being Cuban and having the ability to struggle alongside my colleagues and Cuban folks everywhere in the world for a free nation #SOSCUBA.” 


“I’m grateful for Mis Amores, my household, well being, and love. It’s been a difficult yr for my household so now greater than ever, there’s a lot to be grateful for. To do what I really like and for folks to like it again, to the touch souls with my music made independently in my dwelling with and for love. I’m grateful for my whole group of united girls which have given me energy and have believed in me.”


“I’ve so many issues to be grateful for this yr beginning with the love I’ve obtained from my followers, the alternatives that the business is giving me each day, my well being, my household, the tasks we managed to hold out regardless of the obstacles. Having the chance to put in writing songs with such proficient folks. I’m very grateful to my group and I hope that subsequent yr might be filled with extra excellent news.”


“My uncle cooks for 3 days earlier than Thanksgiving and all of us rejoice and eat collectively. After dinner, we go across the desk and say what we’re grateful for. It’s a nice vacation I take pleasure in with my whole household.”


“I’m grateful for the whole lot I’ve realized. It’s been a difficult yr for me emotionally, in my work, in my private life. I feel that it’s introduced the most effective out of me to be a greater particular person and fall again in love with each single a part of what a music profession is. This yr I’ll be celebrating at dwelling in Colombia with my household. Thanksgiving is mainly the identical day as my mom’s birthday so we’ll be having enjoyable and giving because of her.”

Sebastian Yatra
Sebastian Yatra
Erick Fernando Quezada


“I rejoice thanksgiving with loud salsa music within the background, everybody dressed up and my grandma’s arroz con gandules and my titi’s flan. I don’t eat turkey however the odor of it makes me miss the greasy quero and the large baked ham my mother makes with the pineapple on the facet. The Cuban facet isn’t too removed from the Puerto Rican facet however we positive mix the cultures. 9 occasions out of 10 I’ve my very own coquito bottle and sing La India’s “Ese Hombre” with my titi and likewise discuss household reminiscences. These are nice traditions my household and I’ve. I really like being with my household.”


“We don’t rejoice Thanksgiving in Mexico however I’ve been within the U.S. just a few occasions for and I’d spend time with household and associates. This yr, I’ll be within the U.S. so I’ll be capable of take pleasure in being with household once more. It’s a extremely stunning vacation that I don’t sometimes get to rejoice so trying ahead to having the ability to do it this yr.” 

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