by Melinda Palacio
I am a member of El Corro del Presidio de Santa Barbara. Each year, singing in Las Posadas feels different because the weather affects our route. We always start in the Presidio Chapel and continue up and down State Street to La Casa de la Guerra for more singing, tamales, pan dulce, champurrado, and a piñata for the kids.
I enjoy participating because the tradition is fun and more important than exchanging gifts or cookies. I love seeing the faces of unexpected shoppers as they see our choral group follow an angel and a child, unmistakably representing the Virgin Mary on a donkey. The sight melts the heart of any cynic or non-believer. We even picked up a few outsiders who were part of the Occupy Santa Barbara Movement. They shook their tambourines and followed us to La Casa de la Guerra, where they enjoyed warm food, music, and new friends.
Dos. Two events for next week
December 30, La Bloga publishes its best books of 2011 list
December 30, Registration begins for the Las Comadres teleconference with Melinda Palacio, Julia Amante and Lyn di Lorio, register and join the conversation