ALBUQUERQUE(KRQE) - Generations of luminaria stuffers were hard at work long beforethe people-packed buses, slow-moving cars and bundled-up strollersmade their way to Albuquerque's 2009 Luminaria tour.
Ed Burch said it's as traditional for his family as SantaClaus.
"We did it when we were little, and now our kids' kids are doingit," Burch told KRQE News 13.
This year the Burch family sent out its third generation ofluminaria stuffers. The kids no more than 10 years old sat in theback of a truck and scooping up cup after cup of sand.
"Last year we did this," Jose, 8, said as he shoveled sand intoa waiting bag. "So I know how to do it really well."
Just across the street, the Burch's neighbor opted to paysomeone to do the knee-bending work.
That's where Rich MacKaren comes in. He and his two helpersfilled nearly 400 brown bags Thursday morning.
"We have some good workers here, some hard workers," MacKarensaid. "They'll get it done in a short while."
MacKaren has been setting up luminarias for 10 years and said inthat time he's learned a thing or two about getting the jobdone.
"Probably the best way is to fold them first and fill them outhere," MacKaren said.
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