In Northern New Mexico, the "Land of Enchantment," the imaginations of children shimmer in the glow of Farolitos where hopes and dreams are lifted into the wintry night sky.
(PRWEB) December 12, 2013
End of the year celebrations are a time of new light and life.
In the spirit of generosity and kinship warmth, the founders of Songs to Educate have created "Holiday Lights", a special collection of songs for the whole family to enjoy over Christmas. The album includes the song "Farolito Farolito" as well as nine other inspiring songs of joy and wonder, along with a beautiful, uplifting video.
There are ceremonies all over the world - north, south, east and west - filled with people of various faiths and cultures who universally celebrate the December Solstice. In fact, the word "holiday" comes from "holy day"! Clearly, there is something very special about this time of year!
There are celebrations of wonder and peace, of gratitude and generosity, of forgiveness and the warmth of mutuality...new fires exchanged for old!
In Santa Fe, New Mexico there is a unique celebration on Christmas Eve. It is called the Farolitos Walk on Canyon Road. Thousands of locals and tourists come together beginning at dusk to enjoy a festive atmosphere meandering in and out and around about the charming historical art gallery avenue glowing with Farolitos and bonfires.
Farolitos are traditionally a small paper sack with a votive candle placed inside anchored in sand. The effect is a soft glowing light. Many Farolitos are strung in a line to illuminate a pathway or the roofline of an adobe building. The effect is beautiful!
The tradition originates with "La Posada" (meaning "lodging" in Spanish), which is a formal reenactment of the Christian Nativity. Farolitos were used to light the pathway for Mary and Joseph seeking a place to stay on that auspicious night. La Posada has been reenacted throughout the Southwest and Latin America since colonial times.
The Canyon Road Farolitos Walk brings thousands together every Christmas Eve in a cheerful and reflective celebration of Peace. Songs to Educate aims to connect individuals through their festive album this holiday season.
The Earth comes closest to the Sun at this time of year! It is called the Perihelion. For millennia, humans have observed and marked this cyclical passing. In western culture the Perihelion is expressed in everything from fairy lights on Christmas trees to the idea of gifts from the North Pole; from celebrations of rebirth and festivals of light to traditions of family reunion.
Independent of customs and beliefs, it is a time of year humans feel moved to celebrate in quiet reflection or festive revelry, and it happens all over the world!
In Northern New Mexico, the "Land of Enchantment", the imaginations of children shimmer in the glow of Farolitos where hopes and dreams are lifted into the wintry night sky. The song Farolito Farolito captures the wonder of this special time of year. Additionally, the video accompaniment captures the joy of holiday lights through images and children performing "Farolito Farolito".
Songs to Educate invites music enthusiasts to visit their webpage http://www.SongsToEducate.com/holiday and download the Holiday Lights Family Album to celebrate this special time of year with their loved ones.
About Songs To Educate:
The founders Paul and Melanie Zeir have been working directly with thousands of children since 1997 to inspire and educate through music and movement. Interactive songs with dances and lesson plans are now available online at http://www.SongsToEducate.com.
Songs To Educate provides a full supplemental library of curriculum based songs with movement accompaniment for children ages 2-12.
Songs To Educate is about loving learning and satisfying the curriculum requirements.
Services include curriculum-based performing arts programs, conference presentations, in-depth teacher training, and tech support for public, independent and homeschooling environments.
Any teacher can integrate music and movement into the classroom…Songs To Educate is here to help!