We had a delicious ham dinner last night with two good friends, then we spent the evening walking through Old Town Albuquerque to see the luminarias. It was beautiful! There was no way I could capture it with my camera, so here's some photos I lifted from an Albuquerque website and a little of the history of luminarias.
"The glowing brown sacks that adorn Albuquerque walkways, churches and homes each holiday season are called luminarias and date back more than 300 years. The New Mexican tradition began when the Spanish villages along the Rio Grande displayed the unique and easy to make Christmas lanterns, called luminarias to welcome the Christ child into the world. A traditional luminaria is a brown paper bag, which has been folded at the top, filled will a couple cups of sand and a votive candle."
There are literally thousands of luminarias lining the streets of Old Town and the adjacent neighborhood. It was very cool to walk around and see them.
Then when we got home, Miss S opened up some new pajamas and we set out a plate for Santa:) Then off to bed!! I couldn't believe that it only took Miss S about 5 minutes to fall asleep. Must have been all the walking in Old Town:)
Some of the Christmas loot!! We had a fabulous time opening presents! See that Widmer box? Hubby's best friend from work bought him a mini keg of Heineken and it was in that box - I seriously think that was the hit of his Christmas:) What cracks me up is he was excited about beer and I was excited about the new scripture markers I got in my stocking:)
Miss S was again totally spoiled, as was Mom and Dad too:) We have lots of fun gift cards to spend next week too! I have Dec 29 through January 6 off and I'm looking forward to going to the mall and spending some of our gift cards:):) Thank you everyone!
Now we're off to do a little gift exchange with some dear friends, then to my brother's for a steak and shrimp dinner - YUM!!!! Hubby does not like to leave the house on Christmas but it wasn't hard to convince him with a steak and shrimp dinner on the menu:)
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!!! And remember that the true meaning is not the gifts, though they are nice:), it is the time spent with family and loved ones and the remembrance of our Savior's birth.