The holiday traditions I remember from growing up in New Mexico are Luminarias which are small paper sacks filled with sand with a small candle inside. Throughout New Mexico luminarias are a special attraction all over the state and have become so popular that people travel great distances to see the displays. Another tradition is having a steaming bowl of Posole Stew on Christmas Eve. Posole comes from the cultures of Native Americans, Mexicans and Europeans and is known as a dish for celebrating life’s blessings. Posole corn is the hard dry corn kernels otherwise known as hominy. I still feel connected to New Mexico even though I no longer live there and count my blessings for all the traditions I grew up with.