Salsa, merengue rhythms flavor Shakira’s holiday season

Shakira may be an international singing sensation, but her Christmas memories are spiced by her Colombian heritage. And as she told TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager Monday, the holiday is celebrated with a different flavor there.

“Christmas in Colombia is a whole different story,” she said. “You’re not going to hear a lot of the traditional Christmas carols. We have adaptations to those songs in merengue and salsa rhythm. … But it’s all about the family and spending time with your loved ones.”

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Speaking of which, this year the musician will be sharing her holiday for the first time with her son Milan (who turns 1 in January) and partner, soccer star Gerard Pique (Milan’s dad). And as she explained, she’s hoping to set a good example for her son in terms of what the season is really all about.

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