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This year, the 39th year of the Los Pastores tradition begun in Taos, the cast of Sangre de Cristo Liturgies and Las Pistoleras, both of Taos, plans to present a virtual, creative and innovative piece that observes the current COVID-19 protocols of social distancing.

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There are a few things you can bet on happening this holiday season as the planet leans into the winter solstice and hibernation mode for the bears and some people. 

From the warmth of your car you can cruise the town starting in December and find lights – Christmas lights, farolitos and holiday displays.  

Things are in pandemic scheduling flux, but here are a few routes to follow from Paseo del Pueblo Sur to Norte, sure to lift your spirit and inspire you as the challenging days of 2020 end.

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After 34 years providing baskets of food to people in need during the winter holidays, Taos Feeds Taos is reinventing how to provide this essential service during this time of COVID-19 pandemic. Normally, hundreds of volunteers prep food and boxes. This year, physical distancing and stay-at-home COVID-Safe protocols have changed the way holiday food will reach Taos families in need this year.

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One of our favorite animals linked to Christmas is the humble little donkey. It has been said that the donkey is the animal most closely connected than any other to the Christian faith and that donkeys, longtime beasts of burden, are referenced more in the Bible than any other animals. There is no actual proof that Mary rode a donkey to the little town of Bethlehem, or that a donkey was stabled nearby where the baby Jesus lay in a manger, but these legends are a part of the mysticism and attraction that we have with these gentle, adorable animals. 

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In the face of the pandemic, Taoseños of all faiths and beliefs are invited to light a candle Wednesday, Dec. 16,  at approximately 6 p.m. during a Zoom meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. Now in its 19th year, this annual interfaith Peace Chanukah underscores the light of peace at the end of this tunnel of turmoil that is the year 2020. 

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The ski areas in Northern New Mexico are a perfect backdrop for a romantic holiday. Surrounded by the sweet alpine beauty of nature, it’s a fitting way to usher in 2021 after the doozy of a year 2020 has been. Modifications of tradition are the order of the day, and ski resorts in New Mexico are poised to follow guidelines to keep staff and visitors safe while still able to enjoy our famous powdery snow.

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A tribal member’s open letter to the community about holiday trees, feasting and prayers for world peace, healing and unity of leadership

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In a year of uncertainty some things about the holiday season remain the same – frosty mornings and cozy fires; sparkling lights and glowing farolitos; steaming hot chocolate and melt-in-your-mouth biscochitos; gaily wrapped presents waiting to be gifted to family and friends. 

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This has been the year of Zoom meetings, which has worked well as a substitute for an office setting, but for those whose livelihood relies upon an abundance of tourist and foot traffic, this has been a particularly challenging time. 

The Taos Arts Council, ever mindful of supporting the many artists in Taos County, took matters in their own hands to sponsor the holiday show “Taos Today.” 

With winter comes the joy and adventure of skiing and boarding; fragrant wisps of cedar and piñon smoke snaking from chimneys; deep red from ristras peeking out from under a blanket of fresh snow; steaming bowls of posole and sweet biscochitos; farolito-lit walkways; and historic folk dramas reminding us of the meaning of the season.

When people are asked the age-old question, “What do you want for Christmas?” many respond with a material item or two, or money. Some, in honesty, say “good health,” …

Had your fill of "A Christmas Story" this season? Maybe the kids are even done with "Frosty the Snowman" and "Elf" for another year. If so, then you're in luck as — in true Hollywood form …

From an epic train ride to ornament making, Taos has a number of festive activities to have some Christmas fun with your children and relive holiday magic through your child’s eyes. Here is …

Taos is art, and that includes music and performance. Taos is also about tradition. Put all of that together and you get holiday- and inspirationally themed events unlike any …

Taoseños are known for getting people to gather for events and causes, and in no other time of year is that more true than during the winter holidays. No matter what is going on in the outside …

 
 
 
 
 
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