Merry and Bright – New Mexico Style

It's a simple lunch bag, top folded down, sand in the bottom and a votive candle - a New Mexican luminaria
It’s a simple lunch bag, top folded down, sand in the bottom and a votive candle – a New Mexican luminaria

The Holidays in New Mexico hold a special magic.
All of New Mexico is glowing with traditional luminarias these days. Well, there is the traditional lunch sack version that is primarily used on Christmas eve and the more commercial durable electrified kind that makes it possible for home and business owners to put up a beautiful New Mexican display for the entire season.
The traditional luminarias are lunch bags, top folded down, sand in the bottom and a votive candle in each – simple, inexpensive, and somewhat time consuming, but usually a team effort. The result is so charming and inviting.
Farolitos are traditionally put up on Christmas eve. They are small bonfires of pinon wood. In Santa Fe you’ll find them on the vastly popular and therefore very crowded Canyon Road crawl.
The air is also fragrant with the smoke from Pinon wood burning in the fireplaces. Wish I could add some of it to my post.

La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe ready for the Holiday
La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe ready for the Holiday
Luminarias in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Luminarias in Santa Fe, New Mexico
The entrance to our front yard last winter
The entrance to our front yard last winter

 

Santa Fe adobe building with garlands
Santa Fe adobe building with garlands
Luminarias make festive temporary path lights
Luminarias make festive temporary path lights
Chile Ristra with snow
Chile Ristra with snow

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