Among Santa Fe’s many attractions, its Christmas festivities are perhaps the most unique expression of the city’s history and spirit. This lavishly illustrated book offers the reader many gifts. It captures the ambience and mix of cultural traditions – Indian, Spanish, and frontier American – that lend pure magic to the Christmas season in this enchanted city. A virtual Christmas cornucopia, it also presents a plethora of traditions and ideas, recipes, party plans, and decoration and gift crafts to inspire readers who wish to bring fresh enjoyment to their own Christmas celebrations.
Internationally known Christmas designer Richard Clawson has put together a wealth of festive gourmet menus, recipes, Christmas decorations, and party ideas for children and adults, all illustrated in stunning colour photographs. He provides clear, detailed instructions for making innovative ornaments, decorations, and gifts out of inexpensive, easy-to-find materials. Adding a personal touch, he shares some of his own Christmas traditions and experiences.
Writer Jann Arrington Wolcott traces the history of Christmas in Santa Fe and describes old traditions that remain alive, such as: Las Posadas, the re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter, the farolitas and luminarias that light their way; the masked Matachines dancers; traditional feasts and decorations; and a more recent addition – an anonymous “Spanglish” version of “‘Twas the Night before Christmas”. A glimpse into the past is provided by members of old New Mexico families – Indian, Spanish, and frontier American – who share their earliest memories of Christmas as well as special recipes traditionally associated with the holiday season.