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The pandemic has changed so many parts of our world as we walk through these holidays. Wishing for old rituals and the "old norm" are being felt by so many people everywhere. 

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Chanukah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar (a lunar calendar of 13 months), which may occur at any time from late November to late December on the Gregorian calendar.

The festival is observed by lighting the candles of a candelabrum with nine branches, called a menorah (or chanukiah). One branch is typically placed above or below the others and its candle is used to light the other eight candles. This unique candle is called the shamash (Hebrew for "attendant").

Each night, one additional candle is lit by the shamash until all eight candles are lit together on the final night of the festival. Since the 1970s, the worldwide Chabad Hasidic movement has initiated public menorah lightings in open public places in many countries, which has brought the holiday to the attention of more people, including non-Jews. In Taos, Chabad of Taos continues the tradition.

In place of the time-honored tradition, a drive-through menorah parade took place on Monday, December 14th.  

Following is the Livestream of the event.

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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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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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Thanksgiving week is traditionally a busy one for Twirl staff, as we’d normally be getting ready for our annual Twirl Aglow party. Our preparations begin with a trip to the woods to find the perfect Christmas trees for the courtyard. We start the day early, meeting at southside Lotaburger to pick up breakfast burritos in our trucks packed with families and dogs, flasks of hot chocolate and treats, axes and chainsaws. Then we head up State Road 518 to our secret tree-hunting spot! When we arrive, we take a moment to find our bearings, eat our burritos and watch the kids goof off, before dispersing into the forest, each of us hoping to return with the best tree. There’s always competitive hunting and the years when it snows are the most magical, even though it makes finding the perfect tree a bit harder.

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Norteño David Fernandez de Taos is a deeply spiritual person.

Of the Fernandez y Quintana families who first came to this valley nearly 600 years ago, Fernandez has participated, intimately, in every aspect of Taos - El Norte, as he refers to the area. Fernandez has been a part of Taos' arts, politics, spirituality, religion and culture throughout his life.