Blended family breaks down the differences between their family trees

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An American and Bolivian couple showed the difference between “gringo” (a term sometimes used by people from Latin America to refer to people from other countries, especially the United States and Britain) and Latino family trees.

TikToker @elgringo_sabe’s heritage is Bolivian while her husband is American. The pair often uses humor to educate each other, along with their followers, about their cultures.

The husband and wife decided to clarify some of the major differences between Latino and American family trees, namely who is included and excluded.

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The husband explained that in his gringo family tree, there were his grandparents, his parents, his aunts and uncles, his siblings, his cousins and nieces and nephews.

But his wife’s Bolivian family tree was a bit more complex. It included her grandparents, great aunts and uncles, her parents and her aunts and uncles, her siblings and her nieces and nephews. There were also many more tiers of cousins. Her great aunt and uncles’ children, her aunt and uncles’ children and her cousins’ children, who were considered more like nieces and nephews.

That wasn’t all, it’s important to “remember non-blood relatives are also relatives!” That meant a parent’s friend, godparent, a close neighbor and a church friend could all be considered aunts, uncles or cousins in the right circumstances.

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“In our family reunions, anyone in your age range or younger is your ‘primo’ and anyone older is your ‘tia/tio.’ Helps keep confusion down!” a person said.

“He needs a bigger white board!” someone joked.

“My family is a bunch of gringos, but our tree is 100% the second one!” another commented.

“This was same for my mom’s family, immigrants from Germany. Best friends of my parents, good neighbors, etc — all aunts and uncles — YES!” a TikToker replied.

“You’re missing the random family members that are from back home your older generation always manages to introduce you to that you don’t know,” a user added.

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