Connecting information and ideas with people working for change in New Mexico                                                                     December 2018

New Mexico is rich in the diversity of our faith and cultural traditions. We come together as community, gathering with family and friends and extending care and support to those we know are struggling this time of year. We at SHARE  New Mexico wish all of you peace and hope this holiday season!  
New Mexico Celebrates the Holidays

New Mexicans celebrate the December holidays in many different ways, reflecting our diverse cultures and traditions.   One list includes 29 holidays, and we're sure there are more. 
The New Mexico holiday experience is unique in large part thanks to the influence of our vibrant and diverse Native American cultures that draw upon both indigenous and Western traditions. Many of the Feast Days and other indigenous celebrations are open to the general public.    The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center has a year-round list of Feast Days at the 19 Pueblos in New Mexico , along with information and guidelines   for anyone planning to attend a feast day. Be sure and call ahead before visiting.  
Help for the Holidays

The holiday season for many New Mexicans is a time for spiritual celebrations and festive family and community gatherings, a special time of year full of light and love! But the holidays can also be the occasion for deep sadness, when loved ones lost are greatly missed, and reminiscing about holidays past can be bittersweet. It can be a lonely time for anyone without close family ties or a community of friends, including many people experiencing homelessness. And it is a sad fact that incidents of domestic abuse peak during the holidays.
Fortunately, crisis phone lines and support organizations around our state step up during the holiday season to offer care and concern, and genuine support. There are a number of national, state and local phone lines that have trained staff answering, most of them 24/7 365 days/year. A list of crisis and helplines is available in the SHARE library.
Here are just a few supportive resources listed in our directory:
Healthy Holiday Recipes

Eating healthy is not easy, especially during the holidays. And some traditional New Mexican dishes have raised concerns among health experts. But you can enjoy our New Mexican favorite holiday dishes and still eat healthy. 

Kelley Coffeen had to think of helpful and healthy diabetic-friendly recipes to plan not only for her mother, but also for her whole family. So she researched and wrote a cookbook. The  NMSU professor worked with the American Diabetes Association to publish the cookbook titled "Tex-Mex Diabetes Cooking: More Than 140 Authentic Southwestern Favorites."  It features healthier versions of Tex-Mex favorites like enchiladas, burritos, tacos and queso dip.

You can check out a review of her book along with three sample recipes, for a spicy Margarita, green chili corn chowder, and Mexican bread pudding with fresh berries.  And have a happy, healthy holiday!

Do you have news to SHARE?

Do you have news or events that you would like New Mexicans to know about? We can help you get the word out. As always, we welcome your suggestions and feedback on resources for New Mexicans. Post your events on one of our many SHARE calendars. Visit our County and Initiative pages to find out what's happening in your communities of interest. Recommend a resource for our SHARE Library. And don't forget to check our Grants & Funding page to see if there is a grant opportunity for YOU.  Contact us and share what matters to you. 
SHARE New Mexico is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing information and encouraging collaboration for positive change in New Mexico. Join the SHARE community and help us continue our mission of improving the quality of life for all New Mexicans through shared access to reliable data, information and resources.