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Farolitos of Christmas
By Deborah Martinez Martinez, Holiday Favorite: 1107

My favorite holiday title is: The Farolitos of Christmas, by Rudolfo Anaya

I am: Deborah Martinez Martinez

This book is my favorite because: "This story describes the Christmas traditions of the people of New Mexico against the backdrop of a family waiting for a soldier to return. Traditions include lighting farolitos, sometimes also called luminarios, to light the way for the Holy Family, the making of tamales, and Las Posadas (a play)."

My favorite holiday tradition is: "We also light luminarios just like those described in the story. Even in the wind, we set a candle in weighted paper bags to light the way to the home.This tradition connects me with my many ancestors who have done this same thing for generations."

Publisher Marketing

  • Author: Rudolfo Anaya
  • Illustrator: Edward Gonzales
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-9

    Card catalog description: With her father away fighting in World War II and her grandfather too sick to create the traditional luminaria, Luz helps create farolitos, little lanterns, for their Christmas celebration instead. 

Deborah Martinez Martinez, from Pueblo, CO, is a writer of contemporary and historical fiction. Deborah keeps in contact with her roots by teaching about natural dyes. Visit Deborah's blog at Vanishing Horizons.

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