The image above is taken from The Wiki and shows the traditional New Mexican Christmas decoration... the farolito, also known as the luminaria. You can see some pretty cool images of houses and neighborhoods decorated with farolitos just by googling the term.
Speaking of farolitos... The first Christmas The Second Mrs. Pennington and I spent in our Ferndale home we were startled to see both sides of Oakridge Avenue decorated with farolitos just after nightfall. As a matter of fact the entire neighborhood for two blocks west and three blocks south (that would be six blocks, for the math-challenged) was so decorated. The effect was stunning in an old, established leafy Deetroit burb that is a long way from New Mexico. Yep... we most certainly did go for a walk that evening...
Tidings of Comfort and Joy Dept.: I phoned my dentist a minute or three ago to see if we're still on for 1400 hrs today. The answer? "Yes." The lab came through, the Good Doctor has examined the crowns, pronounced them acceptable, and we shall have five new teeth in our head this afternoon. For those of you who have been with me for the last two years (and we do NOT exaggerate) you will know this represents the final step in our Adventures In Modern Dentistry, at least as far as this installment goes. There may be more.
Your understatement of the day: I'm a Happy Camper.