The holidays in Las Vegas…

Author: Edna Gonzalez-Serrano

After a very exhausting semester, which I call Semester 1.0. I flew out Dec. 21st to Las Vegas where the median temperature has been 50+ degrees! Goodbye winter coat, hello hoodies! I immediately had to prepare for family flying in from Mexico, adjusting to a new puppy, Barnaby, at home and finishing some last minute rewrites for my History of American Higher Education course. While everyone did last minute shopping and the radio played count downs of the top 2013 songs….I forced my to work on finishing the semester so I could enjoy Christmas! Pandora kept the Christmas spirit alive and well for me.

My motto was: Ready. Set. GOOO!!!

By tradition, Mexican families celebrate Christmas Eve dinner with family and friends. There after we attend midnight mass. This year all the yummy food had most of us passed out on the couch while we pretended to watch midnight mass broadcasted from the Vatican in Rome. Here are a few pictures of the many food selections we had:

Ponche: A traditional drink made out of guava, prunes, tamarind, raisins, sugar cane, and tejocote. Served warm and sometimes with a bit of rum in it. Usually drunk during Posadas or during Christmas Eve dinner.

Ponche: A traditional drink made out of guava, prunes, tamarind, raisins, sugar cane, and tejocote. Served warm and sometimes with a bit of rum in it. Usually drunk during Posadas or during Christmas Eve dinner.

Tamales: A variety of spicy tamales with various meats, cheese, or sweet tamales served as a side dish.

Tamales: A variety of spicy tamales with various meats, cheese, or sweet tamales served as a side dish.

Mexican rum cake

Mexican rum cake

And some Christmas cupcakes for those who wanted something more American and traditional 

And some Christmas cupcakes for those who wanted something more American and traditional 

Last but not least, I present to you our 7month old rescue: Barnaby Socks, Barnaby for short. :-)

Last but not least, I present to you our 7month old rescue: Barnaby Socks, Barnaby for short. 🙂

Happy New Years from Las Vegas!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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