Residents say Luminaria Tour setup is holiday tradition

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – For Jennifer Campos, putting out Luminarias is a tradition dating back from generation to generation to generation.

“I was ten years old, so 20 years ago was when I initially started,” said Jennifer Campos. It started with her grandpa, then her dad and
now her siblings, nieces and nephews are joining in on the tradition.

They had me out there when I was when i was a good 6-7 years old, like my grandparents started it. Now it’s us and my sister is taking over,” said Jose Ortega

They’ve been decorating since 6 o’clock this morning.  Despite the long hours, they say it’s all about keeping their family tradition alive.

“I want to to be able to pass it on to my kids and my kids pass it on to there’s and keep it in the family,” said Jose Ortega.

Just around the corner,  Matthew and Janelle are decorating their home. Matthew’s been doing it for a couple of years and now he’s introducing this holiday tradition to her.
“When i walked outside, it’s awesome to see the neighborhood come together and see the Luminarias, you go pick up the sand from the park, so it’s definitely an awesome tradition,” said Janelle Ward

Aaron Prager remembers growing up and watching his grandpa decorate for the Luminaria Tour.
now, he’s keeping the one doing the decorating.

“Every year, he’d be out here putting out Luminaria as we come to help. Now that we live here, we keep it up, keep it alive,” said Prager.

Everyone admits the set up isn’t easy, but it’s all worth it when they see the smiles on people’s faces.

“Everybody’s reaction is just awesome, said Campos. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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