Tuesday, December 17, 2013
OUR BICULTURAL CHRISTMAS
Music is switched continuously
from mellow songs of Santa, bells, home,
to fast beat of guitars, maracas, drums titillating
senses with lyrics of roasting pigs, rice, rum.
Aunts call - You can't have Christmas without
their special peas, their treats
nougats, guava pastes, chocolates, more.
They feed the children - those within our hearts.
Languages switch too,
from English to Spanish to Spanglish.
Bright lights blink from tree,
sparking memories to revive
fused traditions of our lives.
We cook 'til late making pasteles*
next day we bake some pies,
friends drop by for tasting,
we drink coquito** as well as wine.
The music wraps us like presents,
we become the season's gifts
dancing to loving sounds,
grateful to be in such a mix.
*Traditional Puerto Rican meat pie made from a mixture of green bananas and other tropical root vegetables, and pork.
** A blend of coconut juice, sugar and rum consumed mostly during Christmas.
My husband is downstairs making a green chile/ cheese casserole. The New Mexican culture here is similar to mine, though our food and language dialects are very different. I'm a Puerto Rican from New York and that's a blended culture all its own. How lucky I am to enjoy this diversity. It's all so good.
I wish you all the good of this world. Enjoy all the differences and cherish our similarities. May your holidays be full of joy as well as all your years.