By Erin Adair-Hodges
Feliz Navidad, Nuevo Mexicanos!
Christmas is a singular holiday for many reasons—presents, food, flying animals—but the reason it’s such a focal point of the year is that the celebration doesn’t just happen on that one day. Retailers would have you believe that the revelry starts approximately the second Tuesday of November, but it’s really this week that marks the beginning of the holiday. New Mexico has its own special blend of traditions, alternately old, weird and made-up. Even if you celebrate Hanukkah, are French or think that Santa Claus is a Biblical character, avail yourself of the opportunity to enjoy these very New Mexican Christmas traditions.
Naughty and Nice
Books from 2008 to satisfy any inclination
By Erin Adair-Hodges, Tom Gibbons and Lisa Lenard-Cook
Good girls love books. And so do bad girls. And boys. Grandmas, too. So it would be a nice idea to reward the bibliophiles in your life for their good (or deliciously bad) behavior over this year with a book that’s right down their alley. They’ll either thank you or spank you for it.
Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
By Maggie Grimason
A retelling of the classic tale from the messenger's perspective.
By Megan Reneau
Hear the harrowing expierence of the Belgian holocaust survivor and jazz pianist followed by a performance and a question and answer session.
By Nina Ferrell
Ring in the holiday season with exuberant music and dances from Mariachi Juvenil Aztlán and Ballet Folklórico University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
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By August March
A Hanukah party with food, silent auction, activities for kids, live klezmer music with dancing and a sing-along with The Neo-Weavers.
Courtesy of the JCC
OY! A Comedy with Chutzpah
By Megan Reneau
A collection of short comedies which are a comic tribute to all things Jewish and all things human.
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