Nativity III by Artist Flor Larios

On Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, a Mexican Christmas tradition is reborn at the Museum of South Texas History from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  This family-friendly holiday celebration includes traditional food, music, holiday shopping and two showings of a bilingual Pastorela or Shepherds’ Play at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Actors and performers throughout the Rio Grande Valley, under the direction of Cati Gomez and Raul Galván have come together to make this beautiful and traditional play possible.  Gomez said, “It’s an honor to be a part of La Pastorela at the museum for so many reasons.  Our goal is to educate young people in the community about their culture and bring the play to life for everyone to appreciate.  We do not want traditions like Pastorelas to be lost, and the Museum of South Texas History is helping to ensure that does not happen.” 

In the spirit of this Christmas tradition, visitors are invited to celebrate with food such as tamales, buñuelos or thin, crispy fried dough with cinnamon sugar, champurrado or hot chocolate thickened with hominy flour, chocolaté or hot chocolate, aguas frescas or fresh fruit drinks, unique holiday crafts, and music.  Holiday face painting is also available for purchase.  In addition, don’t forget to bring your cameras for photo opportunities with Cowboy Santa throughout the day.

Museum Special Events and Programming Officer Melissa Tijerina continues, “La Pastorela is a traditional and often a witty, theatrical presentation that dates back to Mexico's Colonial period when Roman Catholic missionaries attempted to convert and teach the scripture through the dramatizations of stories from the Bible. It is surprising how many people have never heard of a Pastorela when it has been celebrated in Mexico for generations.  I hope everyone who visits the museum that day will enjoy the holiday atmosphere, food, music, crafts and of course the play that invites the audience to participate.”

 The Pastorela celebration is included in the fee for regular museum admission.  FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDships. For information on becoming a FRIEND of the Museum, call 956.383.6911 or visit  The Museum of South Texas History is located at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square in downtown Edinburg.