Christmas in Santa Fe

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In 1992, I spent an entire Christmas season in Santa Fe. That Christmas sojourn was so perfect that I've always hesitated to try to repeat it. I would rather keep the magic intact in my memory than run the risk of being disappointed if a second time didn't stand up to the first. That is, until now. Susan's book has made me realize that I've missed some truly exciting treats. Tomie dePaola

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Overview

In 1992, I spent an entire Christmas season in Santa Fe. That Christmas sojourn was so perfect that I've always hesitated to try to repeat it. I would rather keep the magic intact in my memory than run the risk of being disappointed if a second time didn't stand up to the first. That is, until now. Susan's book has made me realize that I've missed some truly exciting treats. Tomie dePaola

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423603887
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 9.08 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Susan Topp Weber has owned and operated Susan's Christmas Shop, on the plaza in Santa Fe, for more than thirty years. Susan lectures on New Mexico's Christmas traditions for Elderhostels held in Santa Fe and the Pueblos each December.

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Where else do you find every downtown portal post wrapped with fragrant, fresh evergreen garland, and downtown hotels crowned with amber sacks called electric luminarias? Santa Fe has much to offer at Christmas, but it is also an excellent base camp for those with a car, good maps, and a spirit of adventure. It is an open candy box from Thanksgiving weekend till January 6th, with so many tempting choices that you couldn't possibly do them all in one Christmas season. Many who live in Santa Fe wouldn't dream of leaving town that time of year. Others make an annual ritual of traveling to Santa Fe for Christmas. This book will inform you about many well-known, and several less well-known, Christmas customs worth experiencing in and around Santa Fe.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

11 Introduction

13 Christmas Past

13 Christmas in New Mexico's Colonial Days

14 Christmas in Nineteenth-Century Santa Fe

16 Christmas in Twentieth-Century Santa Fe

19 Christmas Traditions

19 Luminarias, Farolitos, and Flying Farolitos

25 The Spanish Christmas Plays of New Mexico

31 Biscochitos, New Mexico's State Cookie

33 Christmas EventsThanksgiving Weekend

36 The Shed and Susan's Christmas Shop

41 La Fonda at Christmas

45 St. Nicholas Bazaar

46 The Christmas Concerts

55 December 11 and 12, Guadalupe Day

56 Christmas at the Palace

57 Las Posadas on the Plaza

60 Gustave Baumann & Marionettes

61 The Christmas Trains of Santa Fe

64 Nacimientos (Nativities)

68 Christmas Eve, La Noche Buena

75 New Year’s Eve and New Year's Day

77 Christmas Out Of Town

77 Matachines Dances on Guadalupe Day at Jemez Pueblo

81 The High Road to Taos

85 The Pueblos at Christmas

92 Madrid, City of Lights'

94 Glossary

94 Suggested Reading

95 Resources

96 Christmas Calendar

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