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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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Chicanos At Christmas Time
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Music, Religion
Linda Fregoso
Carmen Tafolla, Raquel Pérez
Nov 11, 1981

Chicanos at Christmas time

Linda Fregoso and guests Carmen Tafolla and Raquel Perez discuss several religious traditions Chicanos celebrate at Christmastime. Fregoso observes that Christmas practices depend on the values an beliefs of a culture and she explores how Chicanos celebrate Catholic Christmas traditions that reflect their religious values. She explains that Chicano Christmas traditions blend Spanish, indigenous and Anglo traditions. For many Chicanos, Christmas officially begins on the feast day of the Virgin de Guadalupe, December 12th, and Fregoso describes the different ways Mexicans and Chicanos celebrate the occasion. She then explores the nativity scenes that many Chicanos place under their Christmas tree. Carmen Tafolla discusses some of the practices associated with the nativity scene, including the Acostada and Levantada of the baby Jesus.

Fregoso then speaks with Raquel Perez about the Posadas that begin nine days before Christmas and which reenact Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter. Perez explains that children often play the major roles in the Posada and as such the tradition reinforces Chicano cultural and religious values. Fregoso and Raquel next discuss the Misa de Gallo, or the midnight mass on Christmas Eve. They also discuss the different practices of gift-opening and compare Mexican and Chicano traditions.


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