Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Early December

December in Taos.  What a beautiful, magical, glorious place to celebrate the Holidays.  Our population is made up of Native Americans who have lived at the Taos Pueblo for over 1000 years, New Mexicans descended from a Spanish colony formed in the 1600s and more recent arrivals, settlers from other parts of the United States, beginning in the late 1800s.  These three cultures provide an eclectic mix of Holiday traditions and celebrations.
hotel lafonda on the plaza....decorated with farolitos

If you are from out of town, the first thing you will notice is the lack of commercialism...the natural and authentic looking Holiday decorations.  Very few people use the traditional Christmas lights.  Far more prevalent are the farolitos (paper bags filled with sand holding a lit candle) lining walkways, sidewalks and buildings.  There is an emphasis on hand-crafted and homemade....on using ingredients from nature...on art.

I have never spent a Holiday season in here; we have always come later in Winter.  I am looking forward to experiencing all that Taos has to offer...and to sharing the experiences with you.  The first official Holiday launch was the tree lighting ceremony at Taos Plaza.  This two hour celebration featured music from local schools, choirs and sing-along Christmas carols led by the Girl, Boy and Cub Scouts, a Yuletide parade, speeches from local officials, a visit from Santa, dancers from the Pueblo...called Izcalli in Nanatzi Danaza Azteca and, of course, the lighting of the beautiful tree.

It felt like everyone from town showed up.  The wait for Santa was long but, fueled with the free hot chocolate and cookies that were handed out, bearable.  The children in line were very patient and joined in with all the singing.  Something about little children singing and laughing at the top of their lungs gets me every time.  We ended our night with chile rellenos and the world's best margaritas (cowboy buddhas) at the Adobe Bar...a must visit if you come Taos.   What a perfect night.

The local paper put out a special edition listing all of the events being held throughout the month of December.  I am going to attend as many as possible. How cool is that? 

Happy December!

my best,
december 3rd, 2012

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