As we say where I come from.
That would be the good old US of A, the State of New Mexico.
People who go around talking like America is an "English speaking" country really don't know much about our history. I grew up around people who's families had Spanish surnames, who spoke Spanish at home and who's family had been living in New Mexico since before there was a United States.
And of course there is a reason why there are so many Spanish place-names west of the Rockies.
I would hazard that Spanish is as important a language to the history of the US as is English, and more important than German, Italian, Dutch or French (though each plaid important roles in the building of America).
So for those of you not lucky enough to be from the South West, I want to share with you one of my very favorite Christmas traditions, Luminarias.
Usually, on the day of Christmas eve you will see all these brown paper bags lining the streets.
It looks like a big work crew just up and left their lunches laying about. But at night......
The candles, which are placed on a pile of sand inside the bags, are lit, and the streets and homes take on this warm glow that is like nothing else I know of.
There is nothing quite like going up in the foothills of the Sangre de Christos and look down on the town of Santa Fe to see it lit up with the glow of the Luminarias.
Or to wander through old town Albuquerque, following the lights to see where they lead you.
So Feliz Navidad Amigos, and remember, either we all belong here or none of us do.