It was Christmas Eve morning; sometime before lunch.
We headed north towards Taos for Christmas,
but instead of driving straight through,
we made a few stops.
Our first stop was Santa Fe,
where we meandered the halls of the
Inn and Spa at Loretto.
The Inn and Spa at Loretto is next to the Loretto Chapel.
This gothic chapel was commissioned by nuns.
The current site of the hotel was once a school for girls.
The north side of the chapel was in the cold of the shadows
with snow still on the ground.
The Santa Fe Plaza was busy!
I posed for a picture on the stone that marks the end
of the Santa Fe Trail.
Luminaria bags lined the walkways.
It must be a beautiful sight at night!
We walked past the St. Francis Cathedral
before continuing our journey.
About half-way between Santa Fe and Taos
there is a turn-off into the more rural areas of the mountains.
It was here that we visited the holy site of
El Sanctuario de Chimayo.
This is a site of miracles, of prayers for healing,
and for thanksgiving.
Many faithful have left crosses, rosaries, or other tokens of faith.
The sanctuario was decorated for Christmas
with several Christmas wreaths, lights,
and electric luminarias.
After our stops in Santa Fe and Chimayo,
it was time to continue on to Taos and our Christmas Eve dinner.
By late morning, it was time to get out and see a few sights in Taos.
We visited the historic
Ranchos de Taos mission church shortly after their morning services.
Luminarias lined the adobe walls.
We didn't stay long as it was still quite cold out,
but it was a beautiful and quiet place to visit for Christmas.
We hope that all of our friends,
near and far,
had a wonderful Christmas and holiday season!