Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | December 3, 2011

Holiday Magic

Bennett with Santa

There is no better way to begin a post on the magic of the holiday season, than with this darling photo of my grandson, Bennett, sitting for the first time in his life, on Santa’s knee.

And what a handsome Santa he is! That perfect beard and kindly smile seemed to reassure little Bennett that all would be well this year.

Thanks to my daughter for sharing the moment, as I was in New Mexico when it was taken, and they were in Virginia.

New Mexico experienced its own bit of holiday magic yesterday.

Strong winds on Thursday ushered in a winter storm that gifted us desert-dwellers with an unusual early snow.

By late afternoon on Friday, huge, wet flakes drifted down from the low-hung clouds, decorating the grasses, trees and fences with a fluffy coating of white.

Keith and I were as excited as kids, as we’d been living in Florida and it had been more than a year since we had seen snow.

After dark, we grabbed the camera and donned coats, hats, scarves and boots, to trudge about in the inch or so that had transformed our desert into a winter wonderland.

Here are a couple of our favorite shots….

Riverbend Totem in the Snow

Snow-Covered Wall at Riverbend Hot Springs

It was still snowing as we walked downtown. The streets were devoid of pedestrians, and it seemed as if we had the whole town to ourselves.

We enjoyed our little excursion into winter, and it’s a good thing we didn’t wait until morning.

By 9 a.m., as we wrapped our bathrobes tightly around us to walk across the street for a soak in the hot springs, most of the snow had melted.

Someone had fashioned a wee little snowman on the Riverbend patio, and it was still standing tall after our soak, so we stopped for one last “photo op”  before our Holiday Magic was just a memory…

Keith and the Snowman


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