Barelas Babe's Blog – December 2009 Archive (3)

Ujima and Duke City Fix

It is Kwanzaa time again. I posted “Habari gani?” on my Facebook status update earlier this week, but found just one taker. Is Kwanzaa fading away as a holiday tradition, I wonder?

No matter.

I like the holiday (though as I mentioned last year, it is not one that celebrates my own ethnic heritage, but it does celebrate the African-American heritage of family… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on December 28, 2009 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Umoja and the Proselytizers

I've been posting daily to my Bareleña’s Blather blog during this winter break. Today's post is about the Kwanzaa principle of Umoja and working to stay in unity even when religion is thrust upon you by door-to-door proselytizers.


Added by Barelas Babe on December 26, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Toiling Over Tamales at Christmastide

The busiest place in South Barelas on Christmas Eve is not a church, but a temple of tamal-making – El Modelo. Longtime (and not-so-longtime) residents of Albuquerque have memories of lining up and waiting to pick up tamales to enjoy on Christmas Eve with their families. For more than a decade, we’ve joined in this tradition.

Some restaurants are more than just a place to eat – they are places where food is intertwined with memories.… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on December 21, 2009 at 3:30pm — 17 Comments

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