Church for Christmas

Last Christmas, we were in New Mexico. It was a real treat for me to visit some of the oldest churches in continental USA while there. I love old churches, especially old living churches that have an active congregation. Our drive to Taos took us through Ranchos de Taos, a historic district about four miles from Taos. And, in Ranchos de Taos is the San Francisco de Asissi Mission Church, a historic church built by Spanish missionaries between between 1772 and 1816.

In spring, the community gets together to add a new layer of adobe —a mixture of mud and straw — on the outer facade to preserve their church.

It was a perfect winter's day in New Mexico: bluebird skies with nary a cloud in sight, sunny and cold.


Mud and Straw

De Asis

Belltowers of church
Front view


Patron Saint

Christmas Eve wreath
Christmas wreath

Rancho de Taos church
adobe entry

dated crosses

I was hoping this would be our third year in New Mexico for Christmas but instead I have to be content with my pictures from our visits, which isn't necessarily a bad thing because look at these pictures! I love them! I hope you do, too!

Merry Christmas!