I drove past a popular tamale restaurant today, hoping to pick up some tamales for Christmas. Oops! I should have planned ahead–there was a line of at least 50 people stretching out the door. Since I hate lines, no tamales for me.
How about some children’s books instead? Here are a few Christmas related books for borderlands kids:
Las Navidades: Popular Christmas Songs from Latin America selected and illustrated by Lulu Delacre is a collection of traditional Christmas songs. Lyrics are in both the original Spanish and translated into English. Each page also contains factiods about Christmas in Latin American countries.
David Diaz provides gorgeous illustrations for the lyrics of the popular Christmas song in José Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad.
An American-born woman living in Japan shows her young son how Christmas is celebrated in Allen Say’s Tree of Cranes.
While it’s not exactly great literature, Texas Night Before Christmasby James Rice is a fun variant of Twas the Night Before Christmas.
In the bilingual Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid by Xavier Garza little Victor and his cousin Pancho help Santa Claus deliver gifts to children along the border.