Feliz navidad already
Remember that old Preston Sturges movie
Christmas in July? If not, don’t worry, because it has nothing to do with this week’s column — other than the fact that Susan Topp Weber, owner of Susan’s Christmas Shop in Santa Fe, is launching the publication of her book
Christmas in Santa Fe (published by Gibbs Smith) on the Fourth of July.
The book looks at the history and traditions of Christmas in Santa Fe, harking back to Spanish colonial times. It includes sections on Los Pastores and Los Comanches, discusses the farolito/luminaria controversy, and offers a recipe for bizcochitos (the state cookie, which you can eat any time of the year). It plugs such local events as Christmas at La Fonda, shopping at Susan’s Christmas Shop (well, why not?), and holiday concerts at local churches and chapels. You also get a guided tour of Christmas Eve walks in various neighborhoods and suggestions for day trips to out-of-town Christmas celebrations at the pueblos or in neighboring cities.
And the book sports lots of photos and historical images depicting Christmas in New Mexico’s capital, reinforcing the fact that there’s no place like home for the holidays. And if Santa Fe isn’t your home, strike that last motto and come here anyway.
The book signing takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, at a table at the intersection of Palace Avenue and Washington Street. Call 983-2127.