Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | December 10, 2011

Ushering in the Holidays

It was about 30 degrees outside last night, when Keith and I suited up in full winter garb for a walkabout in downtown Truth or Consequences.

The almost full moon was shining down upon us.

The official Christmas Tree in the park adjacent to the City Offices was lit at 6 p.m.

Broadway Street had been blocked off.

A parade of luminarias lined the sidewalks.

Welcoming fire pots were set about in the middle of the street, and groups of locals and tourists meandered about, visiting shops, enjoying hot cocoa, roasting marshmallows for s’mores, listening to Carolers, and having a merry old time.

A green-suited Elf roamed the neighborhood, rounding up children to visit Santa, who was conveniently stationed in the cozy warmth of the Senior Center.

On one side of the street, there was a living nativity sponsored by the local Baptist Church ~ on the other side, folks from the local loan shop were passing out steaming bowls of posole.

A beautiful horse drawn carriage offered rides about town, for those who preferred a more romantic way to see the sights.

A true holiday spirit filled the air, along with the scent of pinon smoke from the open fires.

What made it so special is that nothing was high tech.

It was your good, old-fashioned neighborhood holiday get-together, and everyone felt welcome to join in and have a good time.

I sincerely thank the Main Street organization and all the downtown merchants who spearheaded this fun, festive evening of welcoming the Christmas Spirit to T or C!

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