Whoever opined that "there's no place like home for the holidays" must have sneaked a peek at this month's must-not-miss list. It's prime time for seasonal spirit throughout Desert Exposure country.
First, of course, you need a tree. You'll find live trees, both decorated and au naturale, along with holiday goodies and fun at the Festival of Trees at Guadalupe Montessori School in Silver City, Dec. 6-8. Next come lights and carols, which you'll find at the Kiwanis Club's annual Gazebo Lighting and Holiday Sing-Off at Gough Park in Silver City on Dec. 6, featuring singers from Kiwanis youth groups. Then it's both lights and trees along the trail of the Enchanted Christmas Tree Tour, sponsored by the Evergreen Garden Club, Dec. 7-8 and 14-15, with 25 decorated trees and a miniature Christmas village, at 615 A St. in Silver City.
In Deming, local favorite cowboy poet Mike Moutoux takes the stage at Historic Morgan Hall on Dec. 7; we expect he'll share a few of his Christmas poems. In Las Cruces, A Christmas Carol continues through Dec. 8 at the new NMSU fine arts center.
Two Silver City holiday traditions take center stage the following week, with the annual Victorian Christmas at the Silver City Museum, Dec. 12, and the Mimbres Region Arts Council's Black Tie Benefit Ball (on the theme of "Route 66 – A Holiday Road Trip"), Dec. 14 at Lawley Toyota.
Still got gifts to buy? Check out the fourth annual Christmas Boutique at the Grant County Business and Conference Center, Dec. 14-15.
But you'd better hurry, because we're not the only ones making a list and checking it twice this month.