This is a repost from last year, but I wanted to be sure you all knew that if you want to have dinner at Season’s Restaurant in Old Town this year, they’re doing the Christmas Eve Prix Fixe dinner again – amazing menu at their website and dinner is only $35 per person. This is a memorable way to spend Christmas Eve, and depending on your seating time, you can wander Old Town before or after. . .
December 22, 2010: Tis the season of giving and generosity and good wishes, and knowing that, I truly hate to make all of you envious. But this Christmas Eve, I’m having dinner with my kids and great friends at Season’s Restaurant in Albuquerque’s Old Town (www.seasonsabq.com).
We opted to get reservations for one of their private rooms, where we’ll sit down to a three course Prix Fixe dinner after wandering the streets of Old Town admiring the lumanarias, drinking hot chocolate at San Felipe de Neri Church, and listening to the carolers in the Plaza gazebo.
This was our traditional Christmas Eve when we lived in Albuquerque -and we get to repeat it this year with Sabrina and her family now that they live there. And once our holiday dinner is over, we’ll all drive through the cemetery where there will be a sea of luminarias for us to admire after dark.
Most folks don’t get excited about going to the cemetery on Christmas Eve, but I’m suggesting you give it a try. In the afternoon, locals spend hours decorating graves with luminarias, small trees, poinsettias, glitter and garland – some folks bring coolers full of beer and Coleman stoves with posole or green chile simmering and make an event out of it.
Only in New Mexico! For several years I was lucky enough to get to go with my friend Jolynn to decorate her sister’s grave and I loved that so many people took time to pay such obvious tribute to their loved ones.
We know how to celebrate here. I can’t wait to go to Old Town with my kids, and then to Season’s with my best friend, and then to the cemetery. It’s the perfect way to spend a holiday in New Mexico.