|Our house in Rio Rancho for Christmas, 2006|
|Our Christmas Tree, 2011|
I enjoy cooking and baking special meals and treats for the holidays. I love opening up my home to neighbors, friends, and family.
On December 14th, we held a Holiday Open House and welcomed 17 neighbors and friends.
... and I love a White Christmas
|Snow in my backyard in 2011|
|Family and Friends for Christmas Dinner, 2009|
|River of Lights in Albuquerque, Christmas 2006|
|Bonfires in Santa Fe on Christmas Eve|
|Christmas Caroling on Canyon Road in Santa Fe on Christmas Eve|
I especially love Christmas Eve in New Mexico with it's different cultural traditions, foods, and outdoor celebrations of bonfires, luminarias (farolitos), and Las Posadas.
|Luminarias on Christmas Eve on Canyon Road in Santa Fe|
But this year we left beautiful New Mexico on December 20th for a Colonial American Christmas in Williamsburg, Virginia. The traditions are very different, primarily English, there was no snow, and it was, initially, rather warm. The weather cooled to freezing by Christmas Eve. We enjoyed a delightful Yuletide Supper at the Williamsburg Lodge on December 24th, complete with carols sung by entertainers in 18th century dress.
On a chilly Christmas Day, we had a Christmas Day Dinner at one of the historic taverns with our friends from Maine, Bob and Sharon. Along with Gloucester Cheddar Cheese Soup and Sweet Potato Muffins, we enjoyed Roast Turkey, Crab Stuffed Salmon, and Roast Beef, root vegtables, Spoonbread, and Sweet Potato-Apple Turnovers. It was freezing cold outside, so we warmed up with Hot Apple Cider with Rum.
|Christmas Day Dinner at Christiana Campbell's Tavern|
|The Governor's Palace|
|Inside the Capitol|
|In the Lobby of the Williamsburg Inn|
|The Capitol (formerly the House of Burgesses)|
|One of the many Christmas Wreaths on the doors of residents in Historic Williamsburg|
|Gingerbread houses in the Williamsburg Lodge|
|A statue of Norborne Berkeley dressed up for the season at William and Mary College|
|A comedic play in the Raleigh Tavern|
|More Christmas wreathes on the residents' doors|
|All the wreathes were made of mostly fruit and vegetable materials - this one has large forest fungi|
|The wreathes are non-electric in keeping with the historical period|
|This one had pineapple, an especially sought after imported fruit by the colonists|
|The wreathes are awarded prizes by Colonial Williamsburg|
|It was quite chilly Christmas night as we walked down the Duke of Gloucester Street in historic Williamsburg|
|Christmas Night - visitors waiting for the Lighting of the Taverns|
|Here comes the Fife and Drum Corps in the Lighting of the Taverns on December 25th|
|The Fife and Drum Corps|
|Vicki on Christmas Night|
|Ron on Christmas Night|
|Our friends Bob and Sharon joined us as we watched the Lighting of the Taverns|
While we were in Virginia, we also toured nearby historic Jamestown and the battlefield of Yorktown where the British General Cornwallis surrendered to the American colonial troops in 1781. We drove to Charlottesville and had lunch at the historic Mitchie Tavern with our friend Spyridan Simotas, a doctoral student at the University of Virginia and his friend Eva, visiting from Cyprus. Then we all toured Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello
|Eva and Spyro at Mitchie Tavern|
|Ron and I at Mitchie Tavern|
|Mr. Jefferson and I|
I've been reading Jon Meacham's Jefferson biography, The Art of Power, during my trip. It has been excellent background in understanding the places and significant events that have occurred there where I was now visiting.
Ron and I left Williamsburg for the eastern shore of Virginia, via the 23 mile long Chesapeake Bridge-Tunnel, on December 27th. We stopped along the way at Chincoteague Island where the Chincoteague Ponies made famous in the 1947 book, Misty of Chincoteague, live.
|The tunnel under Chesapeake Bay|
|The bridge over the Chesapeake Bay|
|Ships passing over the tunnel headed toward Washington, Newport News or Baltimore|
We left for Annapolis, Maryland in the afternoon. A Maryland native of the area that we met during the Yuletide Supper in Williamsburg recommended The Narrows Restaurant to us for great Maryland seafood. We found it about 5:30PM just before crossing the Bay Bridge to Annapolis. Cream of crab soup, crab cakes, everything was wonderful. But we were really tired and so we settled into our hotel for the night. The next day, we toured Annapolis (December 28th).
We enjoyed dinner with an old family friend that evening and he also delighted us with a quick tour of the Annapolis Naval Academy. The next morning, we were met with a cold heavy downpour of rain. We drove to Washington DC (Reagan Airport) very early so we would not miss our plane. After hours of waiting in the airport, we finally flew home via Houston so we could spend New Year's Eve here in New Mexico. Happy New Year to everyone!
|What fun to find a boat decorated with the famous leg lamp prize from A Christmas Story|
|Dock Street stores and taverns at the Inner Harbor|
|Author and veteran Coast Guardsman Alex Haley honored with a statue by the harbor|