Family Traditions during the Holidays



Atascocita Branch Library MONDAY @ 7:00 PM

Ristras are an American Southwest tradition.  During the winter season, you can find ristras shaped wreaths.   Like the classic holly wreath, these are hung on your front door to welcome guest. I grew up in Colorado and have fond memories of these bright red wreaths.

Now that I am an adult, we typically do not decorate much for the holidays (I have several cats).  However,  I adore reading holiday books, watching movies, and listening to music. These are some of the traditions that I cherish.

Below are a few books that I thought you might enjoy.  I have focused on Children's holiday picture books, because I've been collecting them since childhood.  Many books in my collection have now been passed to children in my family.  Although, I still adore finding new books that I have not yet read.   So, if you have any favorites I would love to hear about them.    

In this adaptation of the folk song "The Twelve Days of Christmas," friends exchange such gifts as a piñata and "cuatro luminarias." Includes pronunciation and glossary of Spanish words and a description of Christmas foods and other holiday traditions from different Latin American countries.
* This book is not yet available to checkout, but you can place a request for it.
Ana is six years old. Making tamales is a family tradition, and Ana wants more responsibility so she can be like her big sister Lidia.
Note: This book is biingual in English and Spanish 
Maria tries on her mother's wedding ring while helping make tamales for a Christmas family get together, but panic ensues when hours later, she realizes the ring is missing.
Note: This book is available in Spanish Que Monton de Tamales! by Gary Soto
  The Night of Las Posadas by Tomi  dePaopla
This story takes a twist on the traditional tale of Las Posadas.


N is for Navidad by Susan Middleton Elya
A rhyming book that outlines the preparations for celebration of theChristmas season. Includes a glossary.

 The Miracle of the First Poinsettia: a Mexican Christmas Story by Joanne Oppenheim

A retelling of a Mexican legend that describes the origin of the poinsettia plant. In this version, a young girl has nothing to give the Christ child, but when the weeds she carries in her hands miraculously transform into red flowers, she now has the perfect gift.
During the weeks to come, I plan to share additional holiday books with you,  including those of Jewish and African American traditions. I hope that you like this selection.