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A New Mexican Christmas
by Kathy Armijo
Friday, December 07, 2007
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A New Mexican Christmas
By Kathy Armijo

Nativity scenes decorate peopleís yards
Christmas lights adorn houses of every style
All in anticipation of the Holy Night
To celebrate the birth of the holy child 

As tamales, posole, and homemade bread are prepared
Filling our thoughts of the Christmas
s p r e a d
Momís pastelitos and biscochitos are the best
When they taste like hers, youíve passed the test

Las Posadas are a re-enactment of THAT night
People going from house to house seeking shelter
Hoping to find a place for Mary to give birth
Ending at the designated house, finding shelter and mirth

Christmas Eve has its own custom
Houses silhouetted with luminarias
The City has a tour of the best-lighted homes
Even the cemeteries are framed with candlelight

With all this wonderful lighting
It is an invitation for the Baby
To make His way to our abode
To meet with Him, here, at this crossroad

A New Mexican Christmas
I am so glad I live here
Everywhere you go, you hear
Feliz Navidad!  And revel in heartfelt good cheer


Authorís Note:  Christmas Eve in New Mexico is a very special night.  It is steeped in tradition.  No other image symbolizes the season better than the flickering lights from the brown paper bags called luminarias or farolitos, which line the walkways and outline buildings and houses throughout the state. They are only lit on December 24th and in many areas, such as the Old Town area here in Albuquerque, electric lights are turned off, motorized traffic is restricted, and people bundle up and stroll the areas and let the luminarias and carolers weave their spell.  Even the cemeteries take on this wonderful tradition.



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Reviewed by John Domino 12/22/2008
Well done good fand faithful one!
and here is a personal invitation
to come and visit my CHRISTIAN website.

John Michael Domino
Reviewed by RaeLynn Teller 12/13/2007
Kathy, playing catch up and look what you snuck in on me while I was out of town. Very well done. I hope some traditions never change.

Feliz Navidad to you, too.

Love ya--RaeLynn
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 12/13/2007
Sounds great! Here we have some things similar. All in all, it is each year special and unforgettable.
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 12/11/2007
And a Feliz Navidad to you! You are a light in shining words.
Lots of Blessings! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Morning Star 12/9/2007
Sooooo Beautiful and yes every time I see
luminarios flickering in displayed and on the front of the houses
I feel the spirit of Christmas in my heart!!
I sure would love to see them in Albuquerque N.M
Well maybe next Year!!
Beautifully expressed and written piece!!
Love Peace and hugssss....Morning Star
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/9/2007
SOunds like it could very nice to be there...having alot of fun!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 12/8/2007
Gee, sounds like a whole lot of fun to me! Bless you and a very Merry Christmas.....

Be safe,

Reviewed by Rose Rideout 12/8/2007
I think it is wonderful when we can learn something from another's write, thank you for sharing Kathy.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Ann Scarborough 12/8/2007
Feliz Navidad, Kathy! Love this.
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 12/8/2007
Beautiful poem.Thanks dear kathy
Reviewed by George Carroll 12/8/2007
Wonderful tradition and in the true meaning of Christmas sans commercialization and full of the light that Christ brought to spare us of the darkness we were in.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 12/8/2007
Great write Kathy. That's what Christmas should be all about. Thank you and God bless.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 12/8/2007
I've been fortunate enough to spend Christmas Eve in Santa Fe several times, and your New Mexican Christmas is truly a marvel to behold. Feliz Navidad to you and yours, Kathy.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 12/8/2007
Sounds like a grand and wonderous tradition, especiall all that cooking . . . I can smell the cumin where I sit . . . Gotta love it . . .
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 12/8/2007
Sounds wonderful, Kathy! Merry Christmas/Feliz Navidad, indeed!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Felix Perry 12/8/2007
This sounds so lovely and the first time I have heard of it, thank you for sharing a little of New Mexico's unusual but beautiful customs.

Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 12/7/2007
Chrismtas eve in an Italian Family is a special tradition as well, consisting of Spaghetti, Casear Salad, Garlic Bread, fresh Made Anise Seed Biscotti's, the memories ot brings about are wonderful
God Bless
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 12/7/2007
That sounds magical with the lights on Christmas Eve and everything else off...we had the posada here and tamales tan ricos...but biscochitos I have never tried. I will have to ask around to see what they are. Excellent write, Kathy...disfruta todo.
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 12/7/2007
Now this is what Christmas is about,,,I am sure this celebration is most beautiful and peaceful,,,celebrating the birth of the Holy Child,, I would love to see this.
Blessings always, Christine
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 12/7/2007
thank you for this look at a beautiful tradition in a lovely state
Reviewed by larry linville 12/7/2007
thanks for the picture. I have had Las Posadas services in churches in the past. A great experience.

Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 12/7/2007
It sounds wonderful Kathy, Felix Navidad!
Peace, love, and Light,
Amber "V"
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