Christmas in Santa Fe

Christmas in Santa Fe


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ISBN-13: 9781423623380
Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date: 07/01/2011
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

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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Old Laguna Pueblo

Old Laguna Pueblo is located west of Albuquerque.

There are several small villages which are all part of the Laguna tribe, but Old Laguna is the most famous. It is a picturesque hilltop village with a lovely old adobe church, plastered white. Laguna is famous for its pottery and jewelry as well as its contributions to literature and photography. On Christmas Eve, the tiny church at the top of the hill is likely to be outlined in colored electric Christmas lights. Deer Dances are performed inside the old church in the wee hours of Christmas morning after Old Laguna’s midnight mass. Dances are sometimes held at Old Laguna and all the other small Laguna villages on Christmas Day, but the Christmas Eve dances in the church at Old Laguna are the most important. The village of Old Laguna also dances on January 6.

Table of Contents

9 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 Events

33 Thanksgiving 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’s 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

100 Madrid, “City of Lights”

102 Glossary

102 Suggested Reading

103 Resources

104 Christmas Calenda

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