¡Mira Look!: Books for Teaching about Las Posadas

Katrina and I have been working hard to bring our faithful blog readers some ideas and resources for teaching about Mexican Christmas traditions in your classrooms in a respectful, fun and multicultural way. We have both emphasized the importance of not shying away from holidays which are embedded in religion, but rather accepting these as part of our children’s histories and using them to foster delightful and enlightening conversations.

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Local Event!! The Farolitos of Christmas

As it is the season of Las Posadas and La Pastorela, there are some wonderful opportunities to attend local events!

The Vortex Theatre and the National Hispanic Cultural Center present The Farolitos of Christmas, a timeless, heartwarming play by iconic New Mexican author Rudolfo Anaya. The play is based on Anaya’s beautifully illustrated book of the same title.

It’s Christmas in San Juan, New Mexico, and young Luz worries that with her grandfather sick and her father away in a hospital recovering from his war wounds, they cannot celebrate Christmas with the lighting of the traditional luminarias, or bonfires, outside their home.  Then Luz has an idea for making little lanterns, or farolitos, to welcome the holiday celebrants, as well as her father, who returns home unexpectedly in time for Christmas.
(Taken from http://www.nhccnm.org)

Performances will take place December 14-16.  For more information about the play or  how to purchase tickets click here.

Don’t forget–Ailesha posted yesterday about Friday evening’s upcoming presentation of La Gran Pastorela de Belén, so if you missed that post check it out!

–Katrina