December 24: Had a fun day! After taking a walk and doing some additional shopping for the stockings, we headed to Tubac, AZ for lunch and more shopping. Tubac had a great shopping area! Went to Tumacacori Mission which we explored and took lots of pictures. Volunteers were putting out luminarias all over the Mission grounds and buildings; they were going to light them at 6:00 which made us wish we would of come later in the day. Greta made a Christmas Eve meal of tamales, beans, and salad; it was excellent! The only thing which would of made the day more perfect was if Tom could of been here.
December 25: This is the first Christmas in 38 years that Tom was not with me to celebrate; I am very thankful that Steev and Greta have a busy day planned. After opening presents, lunches were packed for a picnic and we headed to Arizona Desert Museum; even though I have been there before, this is always an enjoyable adventure and a wonderful way to spend the day. It was interesting to discover many people there even though it was Christmas Day. When we returned to Tucson, Greta’s sister and her family joined us for an evening meal.
December 26 and 27: The day of the 26th was spent shopping, eating, and reading. In the evening, Steev and I went to Winterhaven’s Festival of Lights; it is a neighborhood where everyone puts up light displays outside their homes. It was like walking into Winter Wonderland; some very beautiful displays. The only regret was we did not have enough time to see everything. On the 27th, I was departing Tucson and heading to Las Cruces, NM to spend time with my sister. After having breakfast at Mother Hubbard, good byes were said and I headed out. Arrived in Las Cruces mid-afternoon; checked into the motel, called Brian (who was staying at the same motel), we gathered in one room until Edith arrived and we departed for dinner at a Mexican restaurant.
December 28: While Edith slept because of the working the night before, Brian and I decided to do some exploring. We went to the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum which covers 47 acres; they have done a very good job of preserving the history of New Mexico’s agricultural development.
After lunch, we went to Mesilla within Las Cruces; it was a major trade center and stopover for anyone traveling between San Antonio and the west coast during the 1800’s. It now is a shopping destination for tourists. The Basilica of San Albino (part of Mesilla) is a beautiful church where, upon entering, caps or hats must be removed. That evening we had pizza delivered and watched football.