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Title Noche buena : Hispanic American Christmas stories / edited by Nicolás Kanellos.
Imprint Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.

Subject Christmas -- Literary collections.
American literature -- Hispanic American authors.
Hispanic American literature (Spanish) -- Translations into English.
Hispanic Americans -- Literary collections.
Christmas -- United States.
Alt Name Kanellos, Nicolás.
Description 1 online resource (370 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-367) and index.
Note Prose in English, some translated from Spanish; poetry in English and Spanish.
Contents Noche buena and religious dramas / Cleofas Jaramillo -- Christmas Eve = Noche buena / Manuel Reina -- Christmas carols = Cantares de navidad / José María Bustillos -- New Year's is a-coming = El año nuevo se viene / anonymous -- Christmas night = Noche de navidad / Jesús María Flores -- The star of Bethlehem = El astro de Belén / J.N. de los Santos -- New Year's Eve = Víspera del año nuevo / anonymous -- Little Christmas candles = Velitas de navidad / S.R. de Acevedo -- Christmas = La navidad / Felipe Maximiliano Chacón -- Samuel's Christmas eve / E. Luján -- The good eve / Jovia González -- The phantoms at San Luis Rey / Adolfo Carrillo -- The Márgil vine / Nina Otero -- Legend of the first Christmas at the Alamo / Adina de Zavala -- The legend of the poinsettia / Pat Mora and Charles Ramírez Berg -- The Christmas spirit tree / Diane de Anda -- A cold night / Américo Paredes -- The night before Christmas / Tomás Rivera -- The Gulf Oil Can Santa Claus / Rolando Hinojosa -- The magi kings = Los reyes magicos ; If you give me meat pies = Si me dan pasteles ; The Arandelas = Las arandelas ; Down from the mountains = De las montañas venimos / anonymous -- Santa Clo to La Cuchilla / Abelardo Díaz Alfaro -- A story about Santa Claus / Juan B. Huyke -- The day we went to see the snow / Alfredo Villanueva-Collado -- Christmas was a time of plenty / Micholasa Mohr -- La nochebuena : the best of nights / Jose Yglesias -- Those with less shared more / Piri Thomas -- Christmas Eve = La noche buena / Aurelio Luis Gallardo -- A sad Christmas eve / Salvador Calderón -- Loves me, loves me not (excerpt) / Anilú Bernardo -- The good night / Robert G. Fernández -- Next year in Cuba (excerpt) / Gustavo Pérez-Firmat -- A brand new memory (excerpt) / Elías Miguel Muñoz -- The shepherds = Los pastores / anonymous.
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Summary A family seated round the fireplace Singing and making merry; A sprightly waltz played with grace Noche Buena brings us all the magic of the Christmas season as seen through the eyes of the Hispanic Americans who celebrate it. Christmas is at times a universal story, and many of the images here are recognizable across cultures. We hear and see proud, joyful singing; the adoration of the Infant Jesus; and the peaceful strains of Adeste Fidelis. But here as well are the rich traditions and legends specific to the Hispanic culture, such as the celebration of the posadas for nine nights leading up to Christmas, with candy raining down from colorful swinging pinatas, egg shells filled with confetti, and beautiful paper lanterns crafted to illuminate the town on Christmas Eve. There is the "Legend of the Poinsettia" where a poor child embarrassed by the modesty of his gift for the Christ Child sheds tears on the dull green leaves of the familiar plant, thereby miraculously transforming them to a brilliant red. And here too are hopeful children singing "If You Give Me Meat Pies," asking for the reward of warm meat pies and rice pudding in return for their sweet caroling.; Thirty-six inspiring literary selections comprise this enchanting collection of works from Mexican, Colombian, Cuban, and Puerto Rican writers-writers who represent the range of Hispanic minority groups in the United States. Through these stories, traditional tales, songs, and poetry, readers gain a true understanding of the importance of the Christmas holiday within the Hispanic community, and begin to grasp the issues that inform the Hispanic American creative process-issues such as communal identity, patriotism, poverty, assimilation, and religion. With vivid illustrations and original Spanish text for all poetry, this fascinating anthology will inform readers of all cultural backgrounds, and give them the opportunity to celebrate this cherished time with a newly extended family.
ISBN 1429403667 (electronic bk.)
9780195135282 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0195135288 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
019513527X (Cloth)
0195135288 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 252600682
Additional Format Print version: Noche buena. Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000 (DLC) 00026116.