Northern New Mexico is my home. I was born in the Land of Enchantment, and more than four decades later, I’m still under its spell. Christmas time in New Mexico is especially magical for me. Of all the regional traditions of the season, luminarias are my absolute favourite.
A luminaria is a simple lantern, made from a small paper bag filled with a few inches of sand to stabilize a votive candle. On Christmas Eve, people line their driveways, houses, and sidewalks with luminarias and light the candles at dusk. The flickering glow through the brown paper creates a light like no other I know.
Often, whole neighborhoods agree to place luminarias along the sidewalks and turn off bright lights for the evening. Walkers stroll these streets lit by a string of small lights adding up to make a pathway of hope.
What luminarias – lit by friends, families, circumstances, decisions – add up to a pathway of hope for you?