December 22nd, 2006
Today was our Mexican Fiesta! We started by reading a book called The Night of Las Posadas, a story about the Las Posadas procession in Mexico that tells the story of Mary and Joseph looking for shelter.
We then started our own Los Posadas. We went to the cafeteria and the office, and they wouldn’t let us in for shelter, but Ms. Elrod finally let us in the music room, and we started our fiesta! We sang Noche de Paz (Silent Night) and Cascabel (Jingle Bells). We then went outside for sparklers!
We came back in to take a wack at the piñata, and after successfully cracking it open, we headed back to the room to eat. The menu included:
- Mexican-style tacos on tostada shells;
- Spicy shredded chicken eaten with torn flour tortillas;
- Nopalitos (prickly pear cactus!);
- Pepinos (cucumbers with lemon juice and salt);
- Mexican hot chocolate (hot chocolate with cinnamon); and,
- Buñelos (fried flour tortillas with cinnamon and sugar).
Later, we played “Toma Todo,” a Mexican top game much like the Jewish dreidel. Students start with ten beans, then take or put in beans as the top says. The winning amount of beans could select a Mexican pop.
Thanks to the parents who helped prepare and serve food today at the fiesta!
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