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Los Pastores: My family’s treasured Christmas tradition

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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013 7:00 am | Updated: 2:15 pm, Fri Nov 29, 2013.

The Christmas holidays give many families in Northern New Mexico an opportunity to return to treasured cultural traditions, such as preparing special regional dishes, decorating with a Southwest flair, singing favorite carols in English and Spanish, as well as performing in Christmas pageants. For my family, it wouldn’t be the Christmas season without participation in Los Pastores (The Shepherds’ Play).

The 16th-century Spanish drama re-enacts the shepherds’ search for the newborn Christ child. Along the way, the shepherds experience temptation, human weaknesses and problems with the weather. In the end, they encounter the holy family and rejoice.

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