Monday Song, etc. 12-19-16

Hi everyone! I hope your weekend was good! We (my grandmother, mom, my son and me) made about 25 pounds of three different kinds of tamales on Saturday. I know I said this last year but I’ll say it again…I’m still trying to get the recipes for them. The recipes are my grandmother’s and great-grandmother’s. My grandmother doesn’t measure any ingredients when she cooks. Asking an 81-year-old woman for a recipe is a difficult task. I ask her if I can write them down because I write on the Internet and she just looks at me like HUH? What are you talking about? Forget about explaining what a blog is. πŸ™‚ I finally said “I want the recipes because I want to make tamales after you die.” I think she finally accepted that answer so we’ll see…

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Our Christmas Tamales
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My son learning the ropes.

Here’s some photos I took on Saturday, along with a few from my son’s Christmas program last week. My son’s class sang songs in Spanish. They ‘attended’ a Christmas Posada, or community Christmas celebration. Posadas take place between Dec. 16-24 in Latin America, Mexico and some cities around the U.S. The celebrations are held for nine days because it represents the nine months Jesus spent in Mary’s womb. According to About.com, Posada means inn or shelter in Spanish. Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and their search for a place to stay are reenacted. The celebrations begin with lighting candles and singing Christmas carols around neighborhoods. The song, “La Cancion Para Pedir Posada” (The Song to ask for posada/shelter) is sang. Part of the song is sang outside of a person’s home. Once allowed inside the home, a small or large feast/celebration is held. It starts with a short Bible reading and prayer. The guests usually eat tamales and drink a thick hot chocolate called atole or ponche, a warm Christmas fruit punch. The guests hit a piΓ±ata and kids are given candy. Posadas began in the Catholic church near Mexico City around 1586. Have a great day, everyone and I’ll be back tomorrow with a Romantic Tuesday post.

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Mini-me!
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My son and a couple of his classmates

     

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32 comments

  1. Si, yo hablo es; vivo en California, y EspaΓ±ol es mi lingua segundo … (Allemagne es el trece, & pocito de Francais, Italiano, y Nipponese… Yo me gusta mucho a aprender las linguas nuevas…)

    Couldn’t resist, after seeing the group’s name, then the way they sung & acted… to happy to be sad tigers…

    πŸ™‚

    gigoid, no caps….

    😎

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  2. Yay! I’m sure there’s some good ones here in Texas. If not I might just have to send you (maybe a couple of other bloggers too) a few of these! Lol. Merry Christmas, Mack!

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  3. Thank you for the reblog, Dru! The song is asking for shelter (posada). It’s used during Christmas caroling and before a posada feast. Posada celebrations/feasts are held for 9 days in Latin America, Mexico and some U.S. cities, especially those with larger Hispanic populations.

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  4. SO glad you got your tamales!!!!! Woohoooo!! I am officially in Texas so all of a sudden I’m craving super good Mex-Tex or authentic Mexican cuisine! I may need to find me a Tamale very soon! Hope you have a great week leading up to Christmas πŸ™‚

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  5. Reblogged this on saywhatumean2say and commented:
    Well I would NEVER attempt this but for those of you who might….this does sound very good and very Xmasy. Thanx to Lisa for sharing and for her music pick to get us moving. I haven’t an idea what they are singing about but the rhythm and melody is just the right mood to add a little peppermint to your AM coffee. ~~dru~~

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  6. I remember your post from last year when you posted photos of your mom and grandma in the kitchen. And yes, I remember you tried to get the recipe already then…lol! That song is so lovely!!!

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