Legendary New Mexico

Legendary New Mexico: Holiday Traditions

EPISODE 3 – Normand Rockwell is famous for his seasonal painting depicting snow lined streets of middle American, plump turkey with cranberry sauce and stuffing, and pitched roofs abodes festively lit for the holidays. Now as anyone growing up here in New Mexico knows, the landscape looks a little different, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

In this special holiday edition of Legendary New Mexico we explore the diversity of celebration throughout our great state, discovering what makes our holiday season unlike anywhere else in the nation.

Hanukkah in New Mexico
The lights of the holiday season glow blue and silver for eight glorious days, as Hanukkah observes the reclamation of the Holy Jewish Temple.

Christmas on the Pueblos
It’s been said that Christmas celebrations in New Mexico are unlike anywhere else in the world. That’s due in large part to the convergence of the Christian holiday with Native American traditions.

St. Francis Cathedral Basilica
For almost a century and a half, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis in Santa Fe is not only known as the mother church for Catholics in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, but an icon of the city itself.

Christmas on the Pecos
One of New Mexico’s grandest holiday light shows Christmas on the Pecos is celebrating the 25th anniversary season as your boat glides through a fairyland of twinkling lights created by more than 100 Pecos River.

The great debate: farolito vs. luminaria
New Mexicans line their yards, fences, sidewalks and rooftops with paper lanterns, a candle set in sand inside a paper bag. It is holiday tradition that all New Mexicans enjoy and the debate goes on is it a farolito or a luminaria?

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