Feliz navi­dad al­ready

Pasatiempo - - In Other Words - — Robert Nott

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.

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