You may have visited Old Town to see the fabulous Christmas tree. You may have been in Old Town for the Holiday Stroll and witnessed the lighting of the tree. But, if you're not part of the Aceves family you may not know the story behind this wonderful Christmas tradition.
If you don't know Henry Aceves you should stop in to Don Luis Plaza and introduce yourself. Henry is an important part of Old Town Albuquerque. I knew Henry when he and his father,Luis, started off in Old Town with a small shop that housed a couple of weaving looms. Henry's father was a master Chimayo weaver and Henry became one as well.
As you can easily see, Henry also became an astute businessman. After purchasing the Basket Shop he developed the Don Luis Plaza. I don't know the whole history because during much of this activity I was living in Florida where I ran a Southwestern art gallery, selling mostly Native American Indian products, but also a few related Southwest style objects. Henry's weavings fit in perfectly with my shop and were much in demand so on my trips west to buy goods I made frequent stops to visit with Henry and his father to buy for my shop. This was back in the seventies and I have been proud to know Henry and his family all these years. I know that Henry has been good for Old Town and Albuquerque in many ways. I know he has helped other merchants and friends over the years.
But, what this article is about is the wonderful Christmas tree that Henry, his family and volunteers produce every year for the holiday season in New Mexico. I could tell you about the tree, but maybe you'd rather see and hear the story directly from the Aceves family. Well, you're in luck - it appears that about everything you might want to know about the tree is recorded in the attached video so I hope you'll watch it and discover a Christmas Tradition that is repeated every year in Old Town.
Enjoy the video and . . . Keep on Traveling!