I love small souvenirs that will invoke nostalgia when looked at years to come. When I was younger, my grandparents traveled a lot and brought us t-shirts and small cultural souvenirs from their myriad trips abroad. I still have those souvenirs and I enjoy adding my own.
I found these great little máscaras made by a local artisan that I plan to hang on my Christmas tree (I love getting ornaments as souvenirs, as it’s a fun way to look at them, but they are small and tucked away most of the time). Historically, masks have been work for protection, disguise, and entertainment and are deeply rooted in indigenous cultures of the Americas. Over the years, Latin American traditions have merged with Christian rituals, and masks were used as syncretic ceremonies including All Souls Day, All Saints Day, and Day of the Dead. Masks are also used as an element in carnivals and religious dances such as The Dance of the Moors and Christians. If I’m lucky, these masks may even protect me from evil.