In many Latin American cultures, the start of the holiday season is marked by making of "pasteles en hojas." Every year my next door neighbor recruits members of her family to assist her as she makes, roughly, about 200 of the pastries. Long time family friends, my mother and father also find themselves apart of her assembly line. As I sat in and observed this years platoon, I found myself fascinated with the movement of their hands-practically fixated. I tried to watch the hands very carefully but found myself becoming distracted by the dialogue and lively atmosphere that quickly filled the room.

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