Celebrations of the winter solstice -- religious or secular -- take on an unique, southwestern flavor here in New Mexico.
Naturally, of course, there are houses and yards lit up and decorated with icons of the season.
The Albuquerque BioPark -- zoo and botanical gardens -- is filled with larger-than-life lighted shapes illustrating the flora and fauna of the southwest . . .
along with carolers and players . . .
Our village of Corrales has a Christmas parade featuring lighted fire engines . . .
tractors . . .
pick-ups . . .
and antique automobiles . . .
One of the most hauntingly beautiful displays is the annual, one-night-only festival of lights at the remains of an old (1610-20) Spanish mission church in the Jemez mountains, about 45 miles northwest of us.
And, finally, the universe itself provides beauty in the sky almost every day (and night):
Whatever you believe, and however you celebrate during this season, we wish you and your families joy and peace from our home in the Land of Enchantment!
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