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Daisy Hidalgo

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Daisy's mother was born in Puebla, Mexico. All of her siblings including Daisy were born in the U.S. When she created her digital story, she was a senior studying Political Science at the University of Minnesota and graduated in December 2014.

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Daisy Hidalgo
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Me llamo Daisy Hidalgo y esta es mi historia.
When I was thinking about what object I should use, at the moment nothing came to mind. I thought to myself what object can I use, and do I have any?
After a few days of thinking and talking with some friends and coworkers I thought of something very special that I could use.
I remembered that every Christmas my entire family would get together to celebrate Christmas. We would honor el nino dios. The night before Christmas we would do this thing called pedir posada. What we would do is go around singing to different houses, at least the times we celebrated Christmas in Mexico we walked around our Puebla. We would sing at the people’s front doors, asking them to let us in, and that we were coming in honor of the Virgin Mary.
After we would go to a few houses and sing we would all go back to my grandma’s house since it was closest to the church. We would have food prepared, and atole for the people that followed us. Once everyone got settled in we would rock el nino dios to sleep.
I guess as a little girl I did not really understand what was going on, I just knew we walked around and many times people had treats for the people who would be pidiendo posada.
At the time the best part about that to me was getting all these different bags of candy. By the end of the night we would have so much candy that we would just give it away.
El nino dios though was something very special. When my mom was in Mexico she would help my grandma out with her nino dios. Then we started doing our posadas here in Minnesota, of course it was different in comparison to Mexico, where the entire pueblo knew everyone.
The most significant part about el nino dios was at the end of the posada we would all go around giving the nino dios a good night kiss, and then one of the younger kids would put the baby to sleep.
It is very important to me and my family to keep this tradition going, especially since there aren’t many people here in Minnesota that practices this. It is a way of keeping our beliefs and traditions going.